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Ethan’s Excavator Blueprint Art

2014 May 5
by Becky

Excavator Construction Blueprint Art for Nursery

Finding some awesome construction art is pretty darn impossible.

Trust me, I spent way too much time looking. 

Everything was either too cheesy or too tiny or too colorful. I wanted industrial and manly…something official and realistic, but also something that didn’t cost way more than anyone should ever spend on a children’s room art.

While innocently watching the ever-so-wonderful show Parenthood, I was inspired. The plane blueprints hanging at the Luncheonette were exactly what I wanted. Who can concentrate on what Adam and Crosby are arguing about with artwork like that showcased in the background??


I googled “plane blueprints luncheonette parenthood” to find nothing but this photo from Wendy Nielsen’s blog—one I’ll be reading regularly from here on out. She’s incredibly interesting and took this photo while on the Parenthood set! Amazing.


I decided we needed blueprint art in large scale for Ethan’s big, empty wall. And maybe break it into four pieces, reminiscent of the all too famous octopus we’ve all seen DIY’d about eight bazillion times. I originally fell in love with it found it while watching Giuliana and Bill soothe their new baby…it was calling to me from the nursery wall.


If you want that exact print, find DIY tutorials here. But I’d put money on it the project is harder than described…large format printing and framing at reasonable rates is no easy task.

I was sold. We needed a gorgeous piece of excavator blueprint art.

So after my failed search for something already done, I collected lots of graphics online and starting trying to put something together myself. I’d get frustrated with Illustrator (my least favorite of the CS programs which I have somehow avoided fully learning over the past 10 years) and forget about it for a few weeks. It was reeeeealy slow going.

Which is why I turned to my very talented friend Liz to dig me out of this bottomless pit of a project. One that was never going to get done without her.

In no time she read my mind and translated it to a beautiful large format graphic, perfectly laid out to fit in four 12″ x 36″ frames which I (finally) found at Target. Getting it printed was tricky…not all print shops can do prints as big as 36″ x 55″.

Excavator Blueprint Art Pre-framing

I got it home last night and I couldn’t wait to show Ethan. “It’s a digger!” he exclaimed as I placed the final piece. And I immediately went about the task of hanging four poster frames. Perfectly spaced 1/2″ apart. All level.

What a pain. There are at least 7 extra holes behind those frames.

But it was worth the effort.

Excavator Construction Blueprint Art for Nursery

The big wall is no longer bare! And the scale of this artwork fits the space perfectly. So easily recognizable yet so much more interesting when broken into the four pieces.

Liz made the pieces perfectly. Because of her genius the spacing works and is broken in just the right spots. This would have taken me at least 10 prints and cuts to get right on my own.

Excavator Construction Blueprint Art for Nursery

So the room is now deemed COMPLETE! I won’t do another thing. We’re moving on.

Well…I may need something on that dresser. And some day, hopefully, we’ll need to find a comforter for Ethan’s bed. If he ever allows us.

But then that’s it.

(Thank you Liz for being a) so creative b) so skilled and c) so patient. You’ve officially created the most amazing construction-themed wall art I’ve ever seen.)

10 Responses
  1. May 5, 2014

    That’s awesome!
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  2. Linda Johnson permalink
    May 5, 2014

    I wondered what you had planned for those poster boards. Perfect for Ethan’s room.

    Miss him much and cannot wait to see him this summer.

  3. Kristan permalink
    May 5, 2014

    O.M.G. Awesome!!

  4. May 6, 2014

    Love it!!! Genius!!

  5. Carrie permalink
    August 11, 2014

    Love This! My toddler has also asked for a construction room and good prints are hard to come by! Did your friend design the print herself?

    • Becky permalink*
      August 11, 2014

      Thanks Carrie! My graphic designer friend Liz designed it for me, isn’t she amazing! I sent her a few blue-printy images and a list of stuff I wanted to be included and BAM, she knocked it out. If you are interested in purchasing the image I bet she would work something out…I couldn’t find anything even close to it even after hours of searching.

  6. sasha permalink
    February 25, 2015

    Could you please let me know how much your friend would charge for this print. Thank you Regards sasha

    • Becky permalink*
      February 26, 2015

      Are you looking for it printed or just the file so you can print yourself? I will check with her.

      • sasha permalink
        February 26, 2015

        Probably a file…. i’m in Australia…. so I’m not sure this would work :-/

      • sasha permalink
        February 26, 2015

        Or printed and shipped over?? :-/

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