How to Enlarge Photos to Make a Wall Mural


Whether you are decorating a child’s bedroom or livening up a hallway or living room, a wall mural will brighten up an area without having to hang a single thing on the wall. You can make a wall mural even if you cannot draw very well. If you have a photo that you think you would make a good wall mural, you can enlarge the photo onto your wall and paint it yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Photo
  • Yardstick
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Measuring tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Select six or seven colors from your photo to be used in your wall mural. You will have to reduce the number of colors in the photo, so pick the six or seven dominant colors you will need.

  • Take the photo to a paint shop or large hardware store and have the selected colors reproduced in one-pint cans of interior acrylic paint.

  • Check that the wall to be painted is smooth and primed, and that no nail-holes are unfilled. Move all furniture away from the wall, and lay down a drop cloth at the base of the wall.

  • Divide your photo into a grid of 1-inch square boxes with a ruler and pencil.

  • Draw the same number of boxes on the wall to be painted, using a yardstick and a pencil. Use a carpenter’s square to ensure that the boxes are square. Adjust the size of the boxes to accommodate the size of your wall.

  • Paint the mural one box at a time. Simplify the colors in the photo to match the colors you have had mixed. Simplify the shapes, too: paint one box at a time, concentrating only on reproducing the shapes in that box.

  • Continue painting one box at a time until the mural is complete. Allow the paint to dry overnight before making any corrections.

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