How to Make an Oversized Print of Your Dog for $5

How to Make an Oversized Print of Your Dog for $5


What’s better than snuggling up on the sofa next to your pup? Snuggling up on the sofa next to your pup while gazing up at an oversized photo print of your pup! There’s no shame in turning the walls of your apartment into a shrine to your dog’s awesomeness, right? So when I saw this amazing tip from A Beautiful Mess on how to make large-scale photo prints I knew I had to try it. The coolest part is that this project is so easy, even for those of us who aren’t devotees of Martha Stewart can complete it without breaking a sweat.


I had these wonderful pet portraits by a super talented friend Marissa Maharaj. Any photo will do, but here are a couple of tips:

How to do it:

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is choose your photos. It’s ok if your photo isn’t super high quality, they’ll be a little more grainy when enlarged, but that just adds to the charm. The prints turn out looking like a high quality black and white photocopy, as you can see below.

Step 2: If you want your photo to fill the whole canvas, make sure it will scale proportionally to 24″ x 36″ (photos that are already at the dimensions of 4″ x 6″ will work). You can do this in programs like Photoshop or online with Pixlr. If you submit a square format photo it will still work, but it will be printed with white borders on the sides.

Step 3:Then, all you need to do is walk into a Staples and ask for “engineer prints,” hand over your $5, and bam! You’ve got a ready-to-hang work of art featuring your furry, four-legged best friend. (Just a note– Kinko’s also offers this service but they’re called “blueprint copies” instead.)


There you have it, a DIY project so easy even a dog could do it (almost!)

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