Engineering Prints: Inspirational Posters For Kids Party Decorations
- Photos of high enough resolution to be blown up to A0 size
- Selection of motivational quotes
- Photo editing software
- Embossing foil (optional)
- Chalk marker (optional)
They gave enough change of tone that the words could be seen on a light and dark background. The chalk markers definitely weren’t as nice, and in hind sight, this step of embellishing is probably unnecessary – it would be far better to edit the photos with a transparent layer if necessary under the text (as I often do on my header post photos) to make the text stand out.
The posters were then hung up in the marquee at the the party. They were a great cheap way of filling up the space, and a great talking point for both kids and parents. The kids in particular loved finding themselves in the pictures. Add few balloons and some bunting, and you are ready to party. Unfortunately the pictures I took inside the marquee are shockingly bad, as It was such a rush to get everything up before the kids arrived. The bunting was hand made also for the party, and very effective. If you want to see how, check out here.
And after the party. Some of the kids graduating are leaving London at the end of the summer, so they took the posters as souvenirs to decorate their new bedrooms.
The quotes I used came from this fab website brainyquote.com. The site allows you to search quotes by key words, themes and people. I wanted people or subjects that I thought would be meaningful to our group of 11 year olds, that had a motivational leaning, and were from, or by people they would relate to. The ones I chose were:
“If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals” Sirius Black (JK Rowling)
” It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be” Dumbledore (JK Rowling)
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” Dalai Lama
“Leave people and places better than you found them” John Ridgeway
(John Ridgeway was the first man to row across the atlantic and founder of the Ridgeway Centre where the children do an adventure course as part of their year 6 school journey)
“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that came out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot” Bill Gates &
“We’re just enthusiastic about what we do” Steve Jobs
“Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela
These posters would look awesome as wedding decorations with b&w photos of the bride and groom as babies, and at various other ages until they met.
Other uses of Engineering Prints
A couple of other ways to use these plan (or engineering) prints are shown here.
For this last one, I pinned it a year or so ago from pinterest. When I tried to find the source blog to credit it here, and a tutorial to link to, I couldnt find one. It would appear the image is from an advert for the furniture (but dont quote me on that), and is most likely not an engineering print. It’s probably a hugely expensive piece of art!
Anyway I have included it, as I thought it was a fab idea, much pinned elsewhere. Taking a high resolution photo of a pice of sheet music would allow you to use the instructions above and recreate this. In the mean time, if anyone wants to correct me on the source, or add links to any other engineering print ideas please do.