You’ve probably heard all about extra-large “engineering prints” by now. They are inexpensive and large engineering prints from Staples and other office supply stores, and they are easy to purchase and print. They are designed for drafting blue prints, are super cheap and they are only available in black and white.
While they aren’t perfect for every photo project, an engineering print is perfect for this type of a project: a DIY Frankenstein Bean Bag Toss or Cornhole Toss depending on where you are from.
I was inspired by a trip for Halloween Decor at Dollar Tree where they had these brains in their Halloween section for … you guessed it … $1. As I looked at the bloody brain an idea formed (I’m sure there’s a terrible pun in there somewhere). Frankenstein needs a brain, right? Bean bag toss!!!
This project is super easy and took about 10 minutes.
- A 3×4′ engineering print of your art (ordered online via my local Staples and picked up in store for $7.15)
- One can of Krylon Easy-Tack (it is repositionable and awesome!) or the spray adhesive of your choice
- A sturdy foam poster board (picked up from Hobby Lobby for $5.99)
- A rolling pin
- A spouse, friend or a child (that doesn’t bounce like she has ants in her pants) on hand to help with adhering
- An X-acto knife
- A template for the hole (optional)
- Bean bags or a couple of brains available from Dollar Tree for the game
- Follow your adhesive’s directions and spray the adhesive directly onto your foam board. The adhesive will get everywhere, so outdoors on a drop cloth is best! Unless you like sticking to everything. Sticky floors should be one of the seven rings of Hell. Just my personal opinion.
- Have your buddy help you hold the print over your foam board, and gently position and press just a few inches of your print down onto the top edge of your foam board. If the placement looks good, use your hand to gently smooth out any air bubbles. If not, gently lift up and try again before committing.
- Once it is perfectly centered, work your way down and lower a few more inches of the print onto the foam board using your hand or the rolling pin to smooth away wrinkles and bubbles as you go. Note: the black ink can smudge, so smooth carefully over the printed areas!
- Once your print is on the foam board, either cut away the excess or wrap it around and tape to the back (what I did).
- Now, figure out where you would like the hole for his “brain” and either freehand it or use a template. I looked in the kitchen and found an oval basket that worked perfectly. Using my X-acto knife, I cut around my basket.
Now we have a fun party game that ties in perfectly with our theme, and we get to do a good deed. After all, he does need a brain!
Couple of things to note: Engineering prints are NOT perfect, high-quality prints. There will be imperfections, but embrace it as part of its charm. Also, mounting a large print also comes with it’s own imperfections. Some wrinkles and bubbles fight back, but the wrinkles look like streaks of lightening and the bubbles … well, they aren’t so noticeable. Embrace the imperfections.
Click on the image below to download and make your own Frankenstein print!