I don’t know about you but I love filling empty walls with interesting prints. There are some amazing prints available to buy and when budget allows I’ll purchase them but sometimes there are more walls in my house than my purse strings can stretch to and so I have to think outside the square to fill them.
Here are some inexpensive ways that I use to create cool cash savvy prints at home…
- A printer at home or access to a local printer
- Your home computer/the internet
If you don’t consider yourself to be much of a photographer or very savvy with software, head online to browse high-res free stock imagery. I have come up with a few suggestions for sites that I like that (currently) offer stock imagery freely or with little to no restrictions*. Note: while the majority of these sites let you use the images under a creative commons license it is still important to acknowledge where you found them and always reference the source as they would like you too (even if using them for personal use in printed form). As I like to put it, give credit where credit is due because someone went to a lot of effort to create them!
Once you’ve found an image (or images) that you like, print them either at home or I like to email my images (with size specifications) to Warehouse Stationery (simply because I live close to one!). It is also best to keep the images to an A4 or A3 size. It keeps your printing costs down to a few dollars. If you print anything larger you’ll be heading into poster size paper which is more costly, over $10 (unless it’s on sale). I like to go with a matte paper slightly thicker than your typical photocopy paper.
Now this is how I display my images in a more interesting way…
- Inexpensive picture frames (If you can re-use them, do! Or I also buy mine from Briscoes or The Warehouse – black and white frames are modern and sleek.)
- Sharp scissors and a craft knife (Kids, get an adult to use these).
- A ruler and pencil
- Sellotape and a board for cutting on
- A dinner plate or round object.
Trick one (Two frames, one pic)
I had this image printed in black and white (to be different and its also a little cheaper). It was originally one picture but to to make it appear more interesting I split the image into two
Trick Two (Change the shape of your mat board)
There is a chance that someone else could have the same image (I mean, the chances are slim that they’ll use them like this but hey!). So, if you want to personalise your image a little more this is another trick I like to use.
Let’s try another one…
A wee disclaimer:
As always anything you try at your place is at your own risk and responsibility so take care. Kids this tutorial requires using sharp tools, so always get an adult to do this!
With any free image (under a creative commons license), it is your responsibility to check that you can use the image in the way you are intending and ALWAYS credit the source correctly according to the license (even when using for your own personal use). I always credit the source on the backing board of the frame even if its not required. This also helps me to remember where I found it! *The links I have provided are suggestions for finding stock imagery with little to no restrictions on use but I am no expert on this so always do your own homework to ensure it is permitted. By the way if you feel that I have incorrectly referenced something do let me know so I can rectify this.
I hope you found this useful, if you did I’d love it if you would let me know!