TUESDAY TIPS: Costco’s Poster Board Prints

The Family Wall

I’ve started working on a project that includes head shots of all the members of my family. Originally, I had an elaborate plan which included matching custom frames and matting. Then I started pricing things out.

I love my family, but frames are expensive.

Costco

I love Costco, but I’ve never really used them for photo printing. One day, while walking out, I glanced over at the photo center and saw these large poster board prints. $25 for a 20×30 print was pretty awesome, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

I uploaded a black and white head shot, cropped at a 2:3 ratio, and placed my order. It was ready the same day. I liked it so much, I printed two more. They don’t need frames. There’s a nice white border around the image, and the poster board is rigid enough to stand on its own.

Creating the Wall

I picked up some of those 3M strips that don’t damage walls, and started measuring and sticking the prints on the wall. Perfection.

Note: Be sure to follow the instructions regarding removing the 3M strips if you need to take your prints down. If you don’t, you’ll rip the paint right off the wall.

I moved recently, and haven’t re-stuck the prints, but when I print and stick all of the family photos, I’ll be sure to add it to a future post.

Have you found a less expensive way to hang large prints? Let me know!

11 thoughts on “TUESDAY TIPS: Costco’s Poster Board Prints

  1. oh, also: did the boards make it to you nearly perfectly flat? Im thinking of overlapping some edges, but it will surely not turn out very nice if they bow…

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    1. They lay very flat. I actually took mine off the wall for a month or so when I moved things around, and they didn’t bow while leaning up against the bookcase. I’m still impressed with what I got for the price.
      They are about 1/8" thick, so I’m not sure how well they’d overlap, though.

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  2. I am working on one for a poster but notice from the online project that the border covers the picture edges rather than fitting it inside

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    1. Hi Fran–I hadn’t noticed this before. The only fix I can think of is to add a white border to your image file in Photoshop before uploading to Costco. Thank you for bringing this up!

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  3. I have done many prints at Costco. They do an great job and the costs are very low. Thank you for your sharing and I think I can make most use of Costco prints in the future.

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