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DIY cheap wall art

I added this cheap wall art trick to my Instagram and Facebook yesterday but there were questions, so I thought I’d make a blog post out of it to help anyone tossing up this idea too…

I wanted an affordable print to put above this stand in my kitchen area. Just in case you’re wondering, yes the table is from Mocka, but I hacked the legs to make it taller. There’s a DIY for that here.

Okely dokely… So I went to Etsy and searched for a digital succulent print. There are stack and stacks! I knew I wanted to put it in the 60cm x 90cm frame from Kmart (the glass now comes in perspex so the frames aren’t super heavy anymore).

You need to check the listings over at Etsy and make sure the file you buy will be bigger than 60cm x 90cm or 24×36 (inches). I guarantee you won’t find the exact size, so you need to make sure you get it bigger (and if you’re getting it printed at Officeworks like I recommend below, then you will need it bigger because they don’t do that exact size).

Now, knowing that I was going to have to trim it down, I made sure the print had some white edges and just had a common sense approach to picking something that I was happy to trim every so slightly (I’m talking maybe 4cm all the way round). So don’t pick anything you don’t want to trim because the Officeworks sizing doesn’t match frames from Kmart/IKEA exactly. Just a little tip!

So I bought the $9 digital file. Then I went to the Officeworks website and clicked on their print & copy section.

  • I chose coloured poster
  • 160gsm coated paper
  • Size B1 (707mm x 1000mm) See how it’s slightly bigger than 60cm x 90cm? It has to be otherwise the next size down will be too small.
  • Upload your design

Now comes an extra step. You will have to resize the file you downloaded from Etsy to the exact size Officeworks is asking you to upload. You can’t crop or move files in the Officeworks upload area.

So open up PicMonkey and resize then crop the digital download to  707mm x 1000mm (which is what Officeworks required in the above steps). PICMONKEY only resizes in pixels, but you want millimetres – so you’ll have to use a conversion tool – http://www.unitconversion.org/typography/pixels-x-to-millimeters-conversion.html.

This means 707mm x 1000mm will become 2672 pixels x 3770 pixels. I know it’s confusing!! But if you can use photoshop, just do it all over there (as it let’s you choose mm). I PROMISE it’s not too hard once you get through this sizing part.

Now load the image in to the Officeworks section…

And that’s what it will look like! So it’s now at 707mm x 1000mm which again is bigger than the Kmart frame, but it looks good and I am ok to trim this a little more when I get it printed…

I paid for it, chose to pick it up in store and was sent an email about 4 hours later saying it was ready to pick up. I got it home, trimmed it to fit the frame and DONE!!!

It looks great. There you go… now you can easily do different sizes and create a full gallery wall very cheaply.

  • Basket from Pillowtalk
  • Real plant from Bunnings
  • Black vase Kmart
  • Concrete pot was a DIY here
  • Concrete bowl from Pillowtalk
  • Random books

Not sponsored!! Just wanted to share this idea with you 🙂

I am not happy the window on the right looks putrid, but it’s not I promise!! The glare clearly shows up everything haha. ♥ KC.

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14 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kimberly

    April 5, 2017

    Brilliant! Thanks for this. Was planning a few prints a couple of weeks ago, but felt totally out of my depth and put it in the too hard basket..not anymore! 🙂 x

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    Cara Carter

    April 4, 2017

    thanks!

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    Kel

    April 5, 2017

    Thank you so much for this Katrina!! I didn’t realise it was so easy to print from the digital Etsy prints. Just a quick question – is Pic Monkey easy to use for someone not very technological? x

    • Reply

      Katrina

      April 5, 2017

      So easy, it’s my favourite program! X

  4. Reply

    Megan Jackson

    April 4, 2017

    Love it!

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    Kellie Daws

    April 4, 2017

    Thanks Katrina. I’m hopeless with computers but I will try to attempt your directions. Fingers crossed.

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    Calli

    April 5, 2017

    Hi Katrina, I have done the same for a few prints at my place. I usually print it as a photo (I think….the girl at office works helped me). I’m about to print another one….should I be printing as a colour poster instead? Love your work 🙂

    • Reply

      Katrina

      April 5, 2017

      I think it’s just a cost thing? I like the poster because of the sizing 🙂

      • Reply

        calli

        April 5, 2017

        Thank you! Will have a look.

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    Karla

    April 5, 2017

    Love it, was going to ask for a Tutorial on how you did it! I need something for my front TV room and our main bdr so off to Etsy I go 🙂

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    LittleInkEmpire

    April 9, 2017

    Great post Katrina! I sell digital prints on Etsy and this is the best post I have read on how to print digital art – really easy to follow. Thanks for taking the time to break the process down step-by-step. 👏 LittleInkEmpire on Etsy

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    LittleInkEmpire

    April 9, 2017

    👍😊

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    Megan

    April 11, 2017

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve purchased some pictures on Etsy as a result of your post. 🙂 Just wondering what resolution you printed with for the larger size?

  11. Reply

    HelloGorgeousWallArt

    May 17, 2017

    Katrina, thank you for including my digital print in your article! – Amy from HelloGorgeousWallArt on Etsy

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