Decorating your mantel using engineered prints. Affordable ways to add art to your mantel.
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I am so excited to show you how I (once again) changed up my mantel…this poor mantel gets changed more than anything in this house.
If you have been following me for any length of time then you should remember my ever changing mantel. And one day, I thought I found the perfect piece of artwork for it and that I would never ever change my mantel decor again. That last sentence is comical because I changed my mantel again.
This time it wasn’t by choice though. I really did love the art I had above my mantel, really loved it. But it might have been a little too colorful for my husband so deep down I knew it wasn’t going to be permanent. Because if it was going to be permanent I probably would have dropped some bucks and had it professionally transferred onto a canvas.
I was up front in my original post that the method I used to adhere the print to the canvas could leave some bubbles and wrinkles in your actual print. It did on mine and normally that wouldn’t have bothered me but since my mantel is up on the internet for the whole world to see I felt like I should try to find an easy way to “de-bubble” my print for you guys.
Well, I didn’t and instead ruined the print completely. I tried transferring the print to the canvas myself by using Mod Podge and it failed miserably. I rushed it and this was my first attempt at transferring anything this way. I should have probably started with something smaller and, you know, read some instructions first.
I’m not giving up on that print though. It will resurface in a better (and likely smaller) way one day…once I figure that out.
So with my mantel being bare bone again I was back to square one. My ceilings are tall and my mantel is wide so I knew I needed something with some umph and I wanted it to be budget friendly. I knew I could accomplish that with engineered prints from Staples. If you want a budget friendly option to get large prints on your walls, this method is da bomb.
The hardest part was finding the prints to download since there are a ton of downloadable prints from Etsy. I really couldn’t decide but in the end I went with these prints. I loved the color and the designs of each print. It’s summery but I can probably get away with keeping these prints up year round if I wanted to. However, if you know me, I will likely be changing them out in the fall…but maybe not, you never know with my indecisive mind.
Most of the “art” in my house is engineered prints from Staples. If you have been hanging out with me for a while this next step might be a little repetitive. You can also have any of your prints printed as photos from Sam’s Club or Costco.
For the price, though, you cannot beat engineered prints from Staples. Once you download your prints on your computer head over to Staples.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Color Blueprints. In the next screen, upload your file(s) that you saved onto your computer. Click on “Media” and choose what size you want your print to be. You might also want to play around with the “Fit content to paper – scale content up or down” button in that screen.
Change the orientation to portrait (if that is the look you are going for) and then hit add to cart. My Staples usually has these printed out in a few hours. It’s such an inexpensive way to get large art for your home. My 24×36 print cost me less than $6 each at Staples. And because I am indecisive and like to change things out per season/when I get bored with them this price is very “indecisiveness friendly”.
I purchased two of these frames from Michaels when they were on major sale. You can also find similar frames on Amazon. I just placed my engineered prints inside my frames and was done. I kept the blue and white theme going on my mantel by adding a few of my DIY marbled vases to it with a few shells I picked up on our vacation this summer.
I kept the mantel pretty simple and let the prints do all the talking for my mantel. While I do miss my previous print I will have to say that my new (for now) mantel makes me happy. Anybody want to take a bet how long it stays like this???
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Make sure to check out all of the other amazing posts from this week. So much inspiration!
Vignettes on Monday
Front Porches on Tuesday
Recipes on Wednesday
Mantels on Friday
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