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DIY on a Dime: Make a Giant Poster
Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 10, 2012 @ 12:00 pm In Christmas,DIY,Gift Ideas,Great Gifts | 7 Comments
Make a huge poster for just a few bucks by visiting an unexpected place: your local office supply store. The following tutorial is written by Anne Bogel, from Modern Mrs. Darcy .
I’ve recently discovered a fun–and cheap–way to get a lot of bang for my decorating bucks. It’s called an “engineering print,” which is a fancy name for a large black-and-white photocopy. When put to use for decorating, these engineering prints provide an easy, fun, and cheap way to adorn your walls.
These engineering prints make amazing posters for gifting. Blow up a picture of the kids to give the grandparents. Preserve your child’s favorite memory to hang on their wall. Enlarge a favorite quote. You can customize these however you wish.
Here’s how to do it:
Find a photo you love that will look good in black and white. Get a 4×6 print or put the digital file on a flash drive. I wanted to enlarge one of my favorite shots from a recent (and long-overdue) family photo session.
Head to the copy and print counter at your local office supply store and ask for an “engineering print.” (Call first to verify they offer this service.) Specify the size you want. Prices vary slightly by location; these are the prices at my local Staples:
18 x 24 $1.79
24 x 36 $3.29
36 x 48 $6.59
Roll it up, tie it with a bow and call it a day. You made your poster! Your recipient can choose to frame it or just sticky-tack it to the wall.
It’s not essential, but I prefer to mount my poster onto plywood for greater durability.
Creating a large poster shouldn’t cost you more than $15 and a little elbow grease. You just know it will make a great gift.
– Anne Bogel  loves strong coffee, long books , and big ideas. She puts a timely spin on timeless women’s issues at her blog Modern Mrs Darcy . Head here  to get her free guide Paper Gains: A Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy .
This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list. 
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