Engineer Prints, a Home Decor Hack

May 30, 2016Holly Sosa


Large artwork has a way of making a room feel more upscale and luxurious. Only, large pieces of art also come with an upscale price tag. From watercolored canvases to bold typography, large pieces add personality to a space, but all tend to be costly. Engineer prints offer a more affordable price tag and with a little elbow grease and DIY motivation, you can transform them into one of a kind art pieces to dazzle your home.

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And that’s exactly what I did to freshen up my master bedroom.

Inspired by this woman’s viral mural painting of the first page of the first Harry Potter book, I brainstormed for a few days. I mulled over several ideas that would reflect both my husband’s personality and mine before settling on some sheet music for our song. Go ahead and awwwww. I know you want to. For us, music has always been a part of our relationship and Jason Mraz’s song, I Won’t Give Up was a song we often would listen to during the long periods of separation a long distance relationship inevitably results in.

A quick Google search provided several options for me to choose from and I simply opened one up in PhotoShop to crop and add some distress to. I liked the idea of having slightly damaged sheet music artwork rather than a pure and clean slate. A sort of metaphor for our relationship.

Then I uploaded the art to my local office supply store’s website and ordered an engineer print. These websites often state that these prints are not image quality and shouldn’t be used as such, but they always turn out high quality and they only cost between $3 and $10! Affordable statement art for the win, friends!

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To hang it, you can simply tape it up, but I glued mine to the back of a piece of project board to help sturdy it up. You could also easily DIY a frame for one if you prefer a framed look.

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My husband was super gooey-eyed when he saw the finished product. And admittedly, so was I when I saw such a deeply personal piece of music displayed where we lay our heads each night.

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I’m resisting the urge to hang engineer prints all over our home. Quotes, Bible verses, more sheet music, typography, family photos, there is no limit to what these affordable engineer prints can offer a home.

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  • Engineer Prints, a Home Decor Hack

    May 30, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    […] By Holly Sosa […]

  • Nicole Mantooth

    June 1, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    I swear your brain thinks just like mine sometimes. My daughter in law saw something online with a huge framed book page then I saw an episode of Fixer Upper and they framed a song the home owner had written and it gave me the idea to make a canvas with a music page from mine and my husbands song. So I say great minds think alike 🙂 It is on my summer to do list for sure. 🙂

  • Rachel

    June 1, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    I love it! Engineer prints are the best and I love that this one has such a special meaning for you both.

  • Jamie

    June 1, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Wow, what a great gift idea for my son’s piano teacher – I love it!

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