Giant Picture, for cheap, take 2. Using my previous tutorial (sort of). Eek!! I am in love with this- -
I’m sure you recall that I’ve done a tutorial on a DIY giant cheap picture – it’s of my girls and still hangs in their room – looks just as good today as the day I posted about it:
I love that picture and the project – the problem is that it is upstairs and in a bedroom, so most people who come into my home don’t see it and it’s fabulousness (unless I drag them up there to show it off – which I do occasionally).
So when I redid my living/dining room, I knew I wanted to do a family picture, Giant Picture style. And it’s awesome.
First off, take a picture. Trevor blogged his side of this story – - I told the kids to fake laugh. Some were more exuberant than others. I had a friend climb on a shakey ladder and take a picture. I think it worked.
Then, I printed it as an “engineer’s print”. See the previous tutorial for that info. I have printed one at Office Max and one at Office Depot – both places did it for me. This one is a little smaller than the one of my girls – it’s 3ftx4ft and this one was 3 1/2 ft by something – - I didn’t want it to be too big for the space. Anyways, it cost me $6 to print. The print is on flimsy paper but it doesn’t matter to me – it’s up high. And say it fades in 5 years – I’ll want a new picture by then anyways.
The one of my girls I stuck onto a cheap piece of styrofoam. Since this was going in my dining room, I wanted to step it up a little, so I went with a sturdy piece of plywood – it was $40, but I used a little less than 1/2, so let’s say the board cost me $20.
The board was bigger than the picture to create that border. I painted it. I also had Trevor router the edge and painted inside the groove with this awesome silver paint to fancy it up a little:
I was lazy and only painted the edge, which you can see in this next picture. Then we spray-glued one side, pressed it down, then worked on the other side:
At this point it looked pretty good, but a little plain:
So I painted some trim pieces then just used wood glue to attach them right to the board, covering the edge of the picture. I forgot to take a picture of that step – sorry. But here’s an upclose picture of the trim around the edge of the picture – I really like the added touch it gives:
For those of you wondering about quality of the print, it’s not pixely at all – - here’s an upclose photo of the photo (untouched by photo editing) -
And just to give you a reference point on how big this Giant Picture is, here’s my almost-4-year-old standing next to it:
Then Trevor’s favorite part – - hanging up a heavy picture. Then stand back and admire it.
Have you made a Giant Picture yet?? Seems like everyone is doing it – and I say go for it! It has already gotten lots of compliments in my home – it’s a conversation piece and it really sets the mood of “fun” right when you come in. Anyways, give it a try! (remember, the old tutorial is at Cheap Giant Photo Picture Print and in addition to the tutorial, there are lots of helpful tips in the comments section)