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 Kenarry: Ideas for the Home 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 Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. 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 Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. 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:
Carrie is the chief writer, crafter and cook here at Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. She’s an optimist by nature and enjoys sharing recipes, trying new craft ideas, planning for parties and events as well as organizing and decorating. When she’s not blogging, preparing meals or picking up around the house, you’re bound to find her hidden away in a castle under the stairs reading to her two young boys. Whether you’re cooking, crafting or creating for your family, follow Carrie on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram to get inspiring ideas for your home.