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How to Get Beautiful Prints Your Home for FREE!

April 18, 2019

Good morning, friends!  Today I wanted to share something with you that I think you are going to LOVE.  I am so excited to share it with you because I think it is such an amazing and economical option for us all to use in our homes!  I am going to show you how you can add beautiful prints to your home for FREE!

When we add unique and beautiful art to our homes, it helps to warm up the spaces we inhabit every day.  The cool thing is that no one has chosen the art and framed it for us, waiting for us to buy it from the nearby decor store with the chance that your neighbor may have the same art hanging in their home.

The New York Public Library has uploaded original images of books and documents to a digital library and given us all access to the amazing, unique prints.  With a quick download and click of a button to print, you can effortlessly have beautiful FREE print art in your home.  Check out my step-by-step instructions.

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I love the aging on the pages of the book that this was copied from.

how to get print art for free

Printed on white cardstock in my personal printer

See how I made my entry table a day here!

How to get FREE prints for your home

It is so simple get these FREE prints.  If you have a computer and a printer, beautiful prints can be yours with the quick click of a button.  Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Go to this website link for the New York Public Library Digital Collections.  They have thousands of free, original prints that can be downloaded and used by the public as long as it is only used for private use in your home.  (If you want to use a print for anything other than inside your home, please check the box under the search bar for “public domain” to be sure to choose an image that does not have any known copyright limitations.  There are 250,000+ images available for public domain)
  2. Enter a search word.  In my case I entered ‘botanicals’, but you could do any subject you are interested in.  You could choose ‘maps’ or ‘ballet’, etc.
  3. Choose the category you want to browse and begin your search for prints that interest you.
  4. Choose the print you want to have in your home.  (I looked through the prints available and found one that I loved because of the vintage look of the print.)
  5. Choose “760px” download option and download the print to your computer.
  6. Open the download file, place some heavy cardstock in the printer, and print it.  Right at home!  **You can also send the download to Costco or office supply store and have it printed on a larger piece of cardstock for a larger frame as long as it is public domain.**

Two of my favorite ways to make my prints look more expensive is to use a heavy-weight paper and to mat the prints in a frame.  I can get everything I need at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  Using a heavier cardstock to print on makes the colors more vibrant and the print look more expensive.  You can use textured cardstock (which is what I like) to add another layer dimension to the print.  Then I like to mat my prints.  It makes them look more expensive and adds one more layer of depth to the print.  You can pick up precut mats in various sizes at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.  I always use a coupon for them and I always buy my frames when they are on sale.  You can get a nice print, on heavy cardstock, matted inside a frame for under $10.

Here are a few of my favorite digital downloads from the library:

How to get print art for free


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How to get print art for free

City of New York

I hope you find some prints that you love and are as excited about this economical option as I am!  It makes me so happy to share it with you all!  I would love to see which prints are your favorite and if you print any for your home!  We would all love to hear about any of YOUR favorite digital downloads that you have come across. Please share with me in the comments!  Have a great day!!

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