NASA Posters Inspire Outer Space Bedroom
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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab offers free NASA posters to help people dream of space travel. We had them professionally printed to hang in a boys outer space bedroom.
Did you know NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab at CalTech offers free NASA posters to cast visions of the future and help people to dream of a day when space travel is possible? When we saw these NASA posters, we knew they would be perfect to spark the imaginations of our young boys. These creative posters have become the inspiration for our decor and color choices for the boys’ new outer space bedroom! Today we’re sharing where we got these NASA posters, how we printed them and a giveaway for one lucky reader to get a free 8 x 10″ framed portrait.
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One Room Challenge: Week Two
We recently shared how we’re planning to redecorate our boys bedroom in an outer space theme as part of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. Twice a year, she challenges twenty designers to transform a room in their home, or the home of a client, and document their process over six weekly posts. Bloggers from around the globe are invited to get involved as guest participants to transform a room too. Every week, the designers and guest participants provide an update on their progress while sharing ideas, tips, and resources along the way. The Spring 2016 One Room Challenge kicked off last week with everyone sharing their before photos and plans for their rooms. Be sure to check out how week two is going for everyone and follow along on social media by searching for the hashtag #oneroomchallenge.
Shortly after we picked the outer space theme for the boys bedroom, I was cruising through my newsfeed on Facebook and came across a friend’s post sharing about these awesome NASA posters created by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech. The NASA posters are colorful, imaginative and fun. Our boys are only 5 1/2 and 3 years old, so we have no way of knowing if they’ll see space travel in their lifetimes. At this age though they truly believe that anything is possible and we want to encourage them to dream big. What better way to do this than to use these NASA posters as inspiration for our boys outer space bedroom?
Where to Get the Free NASA Posters
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) offers 14 different posters in their “Visions of the Future” series. Each one is brilliantly designed to look like nostalgic retro travel posters, while also casting a vision for what future space travel opportunities could look like: “Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality.“
At the NASA/JPL website, you can download all 14 of the NASA posters for free for your own personal use per their image use policy. For our boys outer space bedroom, we chose two of our favorites to download and print ourselves at Minted. The first of the two NASA posters we chose is called “The Grand Tour”:
“NASA’s Voyager mission took advantage of a once-every-175-year alignment of the outer planets for a grand tour of the solar system. The twin spacecraft revealed details about Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – using each planet’s gravity to send them on to the next destination. Voyager set the stage for such ambitious orbiter missions as Galileo to Jupiter and Cassini to Saturn. Today both Voyager spacecraft continue to return valuable science from the far reaches of our solar system.” – NASA/JPL
We especially loved the bright colors in The Grand Tour poster and will use those to inspire our choices for bedding and the paints we use for the outer space mural we’ll create on the walls of their bedroom. On one of the walls, we’re planning to paint a rocket, so perhaps we’ll make one similar to what you see in the poster.
The second of the NASA posters we chose for the boys outer space bedroom is the one about Mars.
“NASA’s Mars Exploration Program seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be a habitable world. Missions like Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Science Laboratory and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, among many others, have provided important information in understanding of the habitability of Mars. This poster imagines a future day when we have achieved our vision of human exploration of Mars and takes a nostalgic look back at the great imagined milestones of Mars exploration that will someday be celebrated as ‘historic sites.'” – NASA/JPL
We picked the Mars poster because the bright red color would coordinate well with The Grand Tour poster. We also thought of all the planets in our solar system, it may be the most relatable for the boys. It’s entirely possible the boys could see humans traveling to Mars in their lifetime. Maybe not as luxurious vacations like the NASA posters envision, but certainly scientists traveling there. Did you see The Martian starring Matt Damon? It’s not an appropriate movie for children, of course, but it made us think about whether we’d actually see space travel to Mars yet in our own lifetimes.
How to Print the NASA Posters
Once we chose and downloaded the NASA posters from the NASA/JPL website, the next step was to get them printed and framed for the walls in the boys outer space bedroom. We worked with Minted to print our holiday cards this past year and were impressed with the high quality ink and materials they use. We knew they also offered home decor, wall art and customizable photo gifts in addition to their stationery and seasonal cards, so we went straight to them to see how we could print these NASA posters.
One of the products Minted offers is called The Big Picture which allows you to upload your own photo, graphic or image and use their high quality services to print and frame it for you. You just need to make sure you have authority to print the image you’re uploading like a personal photo you took yourself or look for the image use policy where you found the graphic online like we did with the NASA posters.
Once you upload the NASA posters you want to print to The Big Picture at Minted, you can crop, resize or reposition the image to fit the parameters of the frame. When we printed the NASA posters, we chose the 18″ x 24″ size as well as their standard paper and framing materials. Minted also offers premium archival papers and framing materials. You may want to use the archival quality materials if you’re framing a family heirloom you’ve scanned, wedding pictures or something like that. There’s also a square framing option for The Big Picture and a horizontal frame too.
The Big Picture from Minted also offers 16 different choices for frames. We wanted to keep ours simple to keep the focus on the NASA posters so we chose their black premium wood. Once you’ve made all your selections, you can preview your picture and get a feel for how cool it’s going to look with the frame you chose.
Add it to your cart on Minted, place your order and before you know it these beautiful awesome works of art will land on your door step. We were impressed with how well Minted packaged the NASA posters to prevent scratches, dings, dents and broken glass during the shipping process. Most of all though we especially love how awesome these NASA posters look printed and framed in real life. They’re even cooler than we imagined when we found them on the NASA/JPL website.
Our plan now is to get the boys outer space bedroom painted and hang the NASA posters on either side of the large window in their room (see before photo below). The NASA posters will be right above their beds making them the focal point when someone walks into their bedroom.
The Big Picture Giveaway
Want to give The Big Picture at Minted a try now that you’ve seen how we used it? You can enter to win a free 8 x 10″ framed portrait (up to $58 value) from Minted so you can print one of the NASA posters yourself or use it to create something special to hang in your home.
Below you will find the Rafflecopter where you can follow Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® and Minted on our social media channels. For each channel you follow, you get one entry into the drawing. You can also earn entries for tweeting about the giveaway or for sharing your e-mail address (which we promise we’ll only use for this giveaway.) This means you can earn up to 10 entries (or more if you tweet every day) in The Big Picture Giveaway from Minted, giving you an even better chance to win!
Giveaway Rules: The prize has been sponsored Minted and administered by Ideas for the Home by Kenarry®. No purchase necessary. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on April 25, 2016. All entrants must provide a valid e-mail address and be at least 18 years old. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen from among the entrants and notified via e-mail. The winner has 48 hours to respond via e-mail to claim the prize or another winner will be selected. The hosts and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Please read the complete terms and conditions on the Rafflecopter form. If you have any questions, please contact Carrie at ideas at kenarry dot com before entering the giveaway. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
While you’re here be sure to check out the rest of the plans for our boys outer space bedroom or check out some of the other home decor ideas we’ve shared here on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry®. I’d also encourage you to swing over to Calling It Home to see the progress other bloggers are making on their One Room Challenge projects too. If you loved these free NASA Posters as much as we do, please share this with your friends or pin it for later:
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So cute! We have a playroom set up for our little boy with a retro/futuristic theme, and I bet these posters would be adorable in that space too. Thanks for sharing, and for the opportunity with the giveaway! 🙂
Oh yes, Iris! These posters would look awesome in the space you described. There are 12 others you can choose from too. You ought to check it out!
Carrie, this is a fantastic idea! I love the space posters and am thinking about printing/framing son for our son’s bedroom. My nephew actually graduated from college this past winter and is now working for NASA doing “space stuff.” (He’s an aeronautical engineer and thinks we ordinary people couldn’t possibly understand.) I love that you’re using these posters. Aren’t they fabulous?! Can’t wait to see the final reveal! Those are some lucky boys!
Hi Pam, thanks for taking the time to swing by and check out the NASA posters. They are so cool, aren’t they? If you print/frame some for your son’s room, I’d love to see how they turn out! Make sure you send me pics.
Carrie I adore the direction that your room is headed towards! You did SO much better than I did in my room this week.
I would love for you to share this post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I think our readers would really enjoy it!
Good luck in the upcoming week!
Awwww, thanks Laura! I stopped by and linked up the idea at your party. I appreciate the invitation. Have a great weekend!
What a great idea for a boy’s room. The colors in the posters are wonderful.
Thank you for sharing this at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are so glad you are here!
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Thanks Laura! I loved how vibrant the colors are in those posters. That’s definitely what drew me to them.
Seriously, these are SO cool! I love the retro look, and the colors are super cool – I can’t wait to see how you frame the room around these photos. I can’t believe they are free to download!!
That’s what I thought when I saw them online, Jenny! I couldn’t believe they were free either. I LOVE them.
Those posters are awesome! My husband and son both love Star Wars and I am positive my son will think these are too cool! I can’t wait to see how the room turns out and if your boys love it!
Thanks Danielle! I think Star Wars lovers would definitely love these posters too. We’ll incorporate a few Star Wars elements into the decor. Our 5 1/2 year old is a big fan of the movies.
those posters are awesome, and not only for young boys! Great beginning for your room
I agree, Morgane! I think my husband wanted to steal the posters to hang up in his office!
Thank you so much, Stacey! It’s definitely a lot of work, but the joy on their faces will make it all worthwhile.
The giveaway isn’t available in Canada?!?! NOOOOO!!!! 🙁 But at least I can print the posters. Those are really cool!
Hi Sarah, we’re so sorry the giveaway isn’t available to you! Thank you for taking the time to check out the posters though. We hope you love them!
I absolutely love these posters for a boy’s bedroom or even for a office setting! The colors are very bold and love the modern feel to the posters. This is a great post!
Thanks Maria! I think my engineer husband actually wanted to steal them for his office. They’re so cool!
Those posters are amazing! They will be perfect in my sons space bedroom when we can get him less scared to sleep in the basement 🙂
Oh no! I remember being scared to sleep in our basement when I was little too. Maybe these cool posters will help give him some incentive to go down there to sleep sooner rather than later. Good luck!
Those are so cool.
Thanks Patrick! We thought so too. Make sure you head over to the NASA JPL site and check out the other 12 too.
I really like the graphic posters, and this is actually the first I hear that Minted does custom printing too!
Yes! Minted can print any digital images you legally have the rights to print as long as it fits within the parameters of their frames. Just search for “The Big Picture” on their site or follow my links. Thanks, Nicole!
Great idea! Love the posters. My son is very into space, astronauts, the galaxy etc so I’ll have to check these out. They’re much nicer than the current sports posters all over his room 🙂 Found your post at #TurnItUpTuesday and pinning for later!
Thank you so much for pinning our post, Nicole! We’re so glad you came over from Turn It Up Tuesday to check it out. If your son likes these two, you should totally check out the other 12 posters that NASA JPL offers.
I saw these posters were available – great idea to use them as the inspiration point for a new “bigger boy” look for the room. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
Thanks, Sarah! We’re excited to use these posters in the boys’ new room.
Those pictures turned out beautifully! Perfect for the theme of the room!
Thanks, Erin! We’re thrilled with how they turned out.
Carrie I adore these posters! My son is currently into space and these would be wonderful for him. Great idea!
So glad you came by, Stephanie! You should definitely swing over to NASA JPL’s website to pick up a few free posters for your son. He would love them.
Those prints are just perfect! I love the colors – so rich and deep. I’m really excited to see how your room comes along this week!
They really are perfect for an outer space room, aren’t they, Kim? I’m so glad you stopped by to check out the NASA posters!
Carrie, I love this idea! So cute! Thanks for linking up at the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!
Thanks so much, Deb!
Stopping by from Sunday’s Best Linkup. What a great idea for a Little Astronaut’s room. Thanks for sharing on. We hope to see more of your great decorating ideas.
Thanks for visiting us, Rhonda. So glad you liked the idea for this room.
I love these! What a great idea for artwork! I had a friend who wanted to steal them for his man-cave/music room.
No need to steal them, Kim. Your friend can just go to the NASA/JPL website and download them for free!
These prints are awesome, especially since they’re free! I love using Minted for wall art.
Minted does such a fantastic job of printing. They really make wall art feel special. Thanks, Katy!