Budget Decor: How to Print Art at Home for Free

—-I’ll show you how to print your own free art, as well as how to blow up the images for cheap! (I made 3 massive scrolls from these prints for $10!)—-

DIY scroll, free printable

If you’ve joined me on Instagram, you know I’m smack dab in the middle of refreshing my closet. And although I want it to be pretty, I don’t want it to cost me an arm and a leg. After all….. it’s a closet.

So when I decided I wanted art for my closet, I knew right away I wasn’t going to spend $$$ on expensive pictures or frames. So I took to the internet and found a website that has changed the home decor game!

The resource I discovered has thousands of images you can print from home…. FOR FREE! It’s The New York Public Library Digital Collections, and it’s what you’ve been missing your whole life. You can search any subject that would mesh with your decor, pick a size to print, and slap it in a frame! Who doesn’t love free art?

But what if you want to blow up the photos for larger wall decor? This is one of the scrolls I made from my New York Public Library prints:

Here’s how you can enlarge the photos for CHEAP:

  1. Go to the Staples website (blueprint page), scroll to the bottom, select your size (mine is 18″ x 24″) and click “design now”
  2. Choose a color or black and white blueprint
  3. Change the orientation to “portrait”

That’s it! I picked up these 3 “blueprints” of vintage flowers for less than $9 on the same day I placed my order!

My hand for size reference

How to make the “blueprints” into scrolls:


  • 1in x 2in strip of wood (cut to fit your blueprint)
  • staples or glue stick
  • twine
  • staple gun

Yes, that’s really all you need! Because my blueprint is 18 inches wide, I cut the 1×2 strip of wood at 20 inches– AKA, there would be an inch of wood hanging over both sides of the paper.

You can use either a regular stapler or a glue stick to secure your print onto the wood strips. Then use a staple gun to attach the twine. Boom! It’s really that simple!

I hope this was helpful for you! I love sharing DIY’s, especially when they’re budget friendly. If you’re looking for more tips, Rachel over at Rae Elizabeth Designs has a blog post all about how to decorate for FREE! You can check that out here.

In case you missed my last DIY, I’ll link it HERE— it’s all about how to make your own card catalog cabinet!

Happy printing! -M

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