This post was first published in June of 2013. Since then I’ve used engineer prints multiple times for gift wrap, inexpensive art for birthdays, graduations, and for dorm decor. I’ve always used black and white engineer prints, but now Staples offers color prints. The website says “not suitable for photo images” but pay no attention to that. They are surprisingly good quality for large photos on inexpensive paper. I mean, don’t expect too much, but for gift wrap or dorm room art, they’re great. I have an idea for Mother’s Day so I wanted to give the color engineer/blueprints a try. They are inexpensive and start at $1.79 for black & white and $2.99 for color.
Color blueprints as gift wrap using old photos
My son Patrick’s 19th birthday is this week. What better time to use color blueprints than for gift wrap using his 3rd grade school photo, baseball, and beach photos from his youth. He’ll either love it or be annoyed (embarrassed). I’ll give him a heads up before he opens the box. I chose the smallest size (18 x 24) and wrapped each of his gifts in sort of a soft wrap using the paper and slipped them into a Priority Mail Box from the US Post Office.
Now back to the original post from June 6, 2013
DIY Gift Wrap using black & white blueprints and photos
Ever since I discovered how easy and inexpensive it was to use the Engineer prints from Staples I keep trying to come up with reasons to use them. My kids are 18 and 14 so I kind of feel like we’ve done everything for Father’s Day…twice. But using engineer prints for wrapping paper was super easy and new, at least for us. You can upload photos from home to the staples website and have them shipped to you or select your store and pick them up a few hours later.
Father’s Day photos through the years
I chose photos from a recent trip we took to France and one from a trip to Amelia Island, Florida when the kids were little. Amelia Island is one of our favorite spots and we have so many wonderful memories. He’ll love the packages even before he opens them. I purposely selected photos that were from the back. I love photos taken this way and when I came across two photos from vacations that had a similar quality…I knew these were the ones. The two prints were less than $5 and we just orange curling ribbon and used orange washi tape, his favorite color.