We Lived Happily Ever After: Mount Your Prints on Foam Board! $5 project

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mount Your Prints on Foam Board! $5 project

 I love, love, LOVE mounted pictures. But they can run $60 for a 20x30ish photo! Here's a way to achieve all of that for under $5.

Staples sells 17x11 photos for 98¢ ($2 for glossy or hard stock)... the next large color print size jumps to $30!!!  Sooooo... I made some 11x17 prints, but I also wanted something bigger (you can get engineer prints, *black and white* for cheap, but if you want color, this is a good alternative.)

I used photoshop to split my 22x17 sized pictures into two different 11x17s  so I could get my 22x17 (pictured below)


If you don't want to deal with the line going down your print, you can still do this with that $30 poster if you really want to.

Step 1. Tape the two bottom corners of your picture on your foam board ($3 from Walmart) so it will align when you spray the adhesive.
Step 2. Spray the adhesive and smooth out any bubbles- make sure it is all aligned! I used this adhesive* from scotch...(it's $17 dollars, but worth every penny! I didn't include it in the est. price because you can easily do 30 of these large projects with just one of these cans. * Some people use modge podge)

Step 3. Exacto knife it. 
4. I used a charcoal pencil to touch up any white edge shown from cutting the paper (since I used a black board)
5. That's it!

You can also do this with wood for a thicker mounting (pictured below)


  1. I ordered 3 - 16x20 prints with this very idea in mind, to mount it myself. Thanks for the tut, I will definitely be doing this soon.

  2. What print did you get? They are definitely that cheap now.

  3. Hi! I've really enjoyed looking at you blog today! You are so creative and your digital art is amazing. Just wanted you to know that you can print a 20X30 color poster (looks exactly like a giant photo) at Sam's Club for less than $10. It's the same size as the foam board from Dollar Tree. I'm sure it would be a similar price at Costco or any other warehouse club type place that has a photo center. I have done this recently for projects my kids had to do for school. They created them on the computer, we printed them out, and mounted them with double stick tape on the foam board. I have only done as large as a 16X20 picture which I put it on canvas using mod podge. The 16X20 wasn't much at all cost-wise. Just wanted to let you know you could get a huge color picture for pretty cheap! Thanks for all the great digital art!!! I'm using it for my Christmas tags this year. :)

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