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Love oversized farmhouse wall art?

Consider grabbing a black and white engineering print from your local printing store to use as inexpensive home decor!


These poster sized prints that are typically utilized for building plans can actually be a fun and frugal way to personalize your space, while emulating more expensive looking typography signs found in boutiques and home decor stores/websites.


I also LOVE this idea as it’s super simple and doesn’t require a stencil or vinyl machine! Anyone can easily do this! In fact, feel free to use the image below I created for my project if you like it.


 Go HERE to SAVE .JPG file or HERE to PRINT .PDF file
Want a different quote or saying?

Create your own printable quote easily by using a free online design tools, such as picmonkey.com or canva.com.


We decided to make our own farmhouse style frame using a few inexpensive pieces of wood from the hardware store, and I’m including how we did that below. If you wanted to skip the DIY and use a poster frame, that is definitely an option too!


DIY Farmhouse Style Typography Sign

Supplies Needed:
Special Equipment Used:
Directions:

1.) Get your enlarged engineering print made at a local print shop or office supply store. I purchase a 24×36 inch print for just $3.59 at my local Staples. (The store should provide you with an email to send your photo file.) Mine was printed within ten minutes!


2.) If making a frame, choose a wood board for the backing. I used a 1/2 inch thick piece of MDF wood as it is much smoother than plywood. (Have the wood cut to the size of your print at the hardware store if desired.)


3.) Choose wood trim for frame. There are so many different options and price points for this. I went with some inexpensive wood hobby boards.


4.) Paint wood board white and let dry. I don’t want any wood showing through, as the paper is really thin.


5.) Stain wood with a rag and let dry. I’m using Minwax in Expresso here.


6.) Attach engineering print to piece of wood. I just used permanent double stick tape, but you could alternatively use a decopauge like Mod Podge.


7.) Nail the stained wood trim to frame. My trim is placed flush to the wood board sideways, and then I nailed it down as a simple “butt joint.” The butt joint is the simplest joint to make since it involves cutting the wood to the appropriate length and butting them together.


 I LOVE how my oversized farmhouse sign turned out!

What a neat focal point for the wall, and I didn’t have to spend a ton of money to get the look of a high-end large typography sign. And, ready for this? This project came in at about $20 in materials… So fun!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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  1. Susan K

    Awesome picture and frame. Thanks for sharing all the details.

    • Lina D

      Thanks so much Susan! ❤️

  2. Scarlet B

    Thanks so much for the free printable AND the fabulous idea 🙂

    • Lina D

      Oh you’re welcome! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

  3. B

    I love engineering prints… for my dad’s retirement party we printed some black and white photos of him and wrapped them around thick poster board.

    • Lina D

      I do too! So great. And the quality is GOOD!

  4. Sallys

    I love this! I am going to try it using poster board from the dollar tree, my own printer that does up to 11×17 and some scrap wood and hot glue. Thank you for such a great idea!

    • Lina D

      Oh nice!

  5. Holly-Marie

    Wow – this is a very awesome idea. Too cool & simple.

    • Lina D

      Thanks so much!

  6. Kimberly

    Thanks for the free download! And for those who do not want to DIY the frame you can buy a 24×36 at Michaels. Its called “Belmont” and they go on sale for around $15 quite a bit. Engineer prints fit in them perfectly.

    • Lina D

      That’s a great tip!

  7. Jill

    Lina, I would just love to see your house! I love your decorating style. My husband tells me to quit looking at this site because I always have a new project for him.

    • Lina D

      Oh that is so sweet! And I can relate – mine says the same about HGTV 😀

  8. Alex

    I’ve recently discovered that my library has a large printer that prints up to 36×12 color for $5.

    • Lina D

      Oh nice! Great tip 👍

  9. Jen

    There is a lot to love about this.

    Thanks for sharing your talent, Lina.

    • Lina D

      That’s so sweet – thanks!

  10. Mary Cochran

    Can this be used for a 16×20 print?

    • Lina D

      Yes of course! Just pick a size that works for you 👍

  11. Cristine

    I just wanted to add that I could not find a file for the exact phrase I wanted. So I bought a cut file (svg) custom on etsy for $3 and just asked the seller to also send me a pdf fit to the dimensions I wanted- she said it only took her a minute and I was able to upload the file to staples and buy the engineering print. Still super cheap, and way easy! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Lina D

      Great idea! You’re very welcome 😉

  12. loisannie

    Where do you buy the “hobby board”? Just at Home Depot or Lowe’s? Thanks for the awesome idea!

    • Lina D

      Mine is from Home Depot. I’m sure Lowe’s would have some too though. Thanks

  13. mschein804@gmail.com

    Can anyone recommend a store that helps with “canvas art”?

  14. MichelleBlair

    How does it stick with just double sided tape? Seems like it would fall off? Please advise?

    • Lina D

      So far mine is doing great. Use “permanent” double sided tape if possible. Thanks!

  15. Alison

    What font did you use for your sign?

  16. Jessica

    Question regarding the trim – what was the original size of the board/did you have that cut to natch? I noticed that the sticker on the poplar board said it was two feet long?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya I probably grabbed a couple of that size and then a couple larger. I forget but there are multiple sizes in store.

  17. Bridget

    If you are looking for a canvas print, OfficeMax/Depot has 70% off canvas wrapped prints right now. I just got a quote printed in16x20 for about $13 after tax! I was looking to do a paper print then buy a frame but liked this deal better 🙂

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