Everyone on pinterest jumped on the DIY oversize canvas prints a while back, I had planned to do the same until I started thinking about modge podge. I have a love/hate relationship with the stuff, I love the idea of modge podge, but when I actually try to use the stuff it usually ends up bubbling or curling up or sticking to whatever I used to weigh it down. After reading a bunch of tutorials I decided to use half of the idea and use staples engineering prints to blow up some of Logan’s hockey pictures. A few days before I started the project I was looking up quotes on pinterest when I found a quote that was so perfect for the boy’s room I just had to incorporate it into the poster. In this tutorial you will learn everything you need to know to make your own DIY poster for less than $5.
The first thing you’ll need is the photo you want to use, I would recommend using a high resolution photo, probably not something you took on your phone. It’s going to need to be high resolution since you are blowing it up, otherwise you end up all pixellated and no one wants that! Keep in mind that since we are using super cheap staples engineering prints you may end up with a less crisp photo than you are used to.
Next choose your quote or whatever you’ve decided to add to your photo. Maybe you want to leave it as is, that’s fine too, I made a few like that myself! Once you’ve decided on your quote you are going to want to head on over to www.canva.com, sign up for your FREE account and start creating! I use Canva for nearly all my graphics on this website, I love it! You can use their FREE templates to create a variety of overlays and fonts. Customize your photo to your liking and save it to your computer, all for FREE.
Now you have your image to print, you’ll need to go to www.staples.com and find the drop down tab and locate services, engineering prints. Choose the size you want (The smallest size is plenty large enough in my opinion), choose the format (horizontal or vertical), and upload your image to the site. The color option costs a bit more and I’ve never tried it, I went with black and white and I love how they came out. I ended up making quite a few and finding poster frames to hang them in at Walmart.
Once you’ve ordered your prints, sit back and wait for Staples to call and let you know they are ready for pick up, it’s that simple!