Skip to Content

How To Make Free Printable Patent Art

Ever since I have found out that Megan Markle was engaged to Prince Harry, I have shamelessly been bingeing on Suits on Netflix. Being interested in DIY and interiors, I’ve noticed things on the program that others might not. Like the fabulous giant patent art hanging on the wall in Rachel and Mikes flat. One of them is an old box camera and another typewriter.

I do love the trend to hang patent art prints of everyday objects on the wall. If you have a particular interest or hobby you will easily find a patent that would match it, whether it’s photography, guitar patents, sewing, tennis, etc. I bet whatever it is you will be able to find something out there that’s related.

Being interested in photography I especially lovely the patent art of old-style cameras. Patent prints of camping and sports equipment such as racquets and bats look great on the wall, especially in dens and man caves.

I’ve seen the patent art decoupaged to furniture and trinket dishes and it looks really good. I’ve even made some cool kitchen patent DIY placemats for my home.

Fun On Trend Printable Patent Art For Your Home

Did you know you can search for over 87 million patents using google patent search? Average but Inspired blog has a good tutorial for how to search google patents efficiently.

Most of the patents found on google patents are simple black and white drawings. However, it is easy to transform these images into patent art inverting the images in a package such as Photoshop to create a blueprint effect.

As the results of a Google patent search can be overwhelming and time-consuming to pinpoint the exact image you would like. I have done the work for you and curated a collection of retro patent art that would look good in any home.

The images on google patent searches are .png files. Just click on the patent title you want and it will take you directly to the relevant Google page where you can download the image for your own personal use.

To convert the png images into jpg images is very simple. Just upload the png image into Windows Paint (it comes free with your Windows software). Then in the file menu click save as and choose the jpg extension before clicking save.

Printable free patent art for your home

Gorgeous Retro Patent Art Free to Download

To download the patent art print that you want, just click on the title above the print. A larger image will open as a new tab in your browser.

1. Box Camera

This box camera is very much like that patent art print I spotted on Rachen & Mike’s wall in Suits.

Box Camera Patent 1904

2. Retro Typewriter Patent

Next, don’t forget the lovely retro typewriter image. I think this would look fabulous on the wall of a home office or study.

Typewriter patent 1896

3. Singer Sewing Machine Patent

What about some patent art of a Singer sewing machine for your craft room.

Free patent art singer sewing machine

4. Patent for A Paper Clip

Another fabulous patent image for the office this time one of the humble paper clip. There are more cool vintage art supplies and stationery images on Pictureboxblue.

paper Clip blueprint

5. Patent For The Edison Light Bulb

This is a classic, the original patent image for Thomas Edison’s electric light bulb.

Edison Lightbulb

6. Roller Skate Patent Art

A retro roller skate patent design would look fabulous in a teen bedroom. Who new that the roller skate went as far back as 1881?

Roller Skates blueprint

7. Shuttlecock Blueprint

I will be getting a print out of the Shuttlecock patent image for my home as my husband and boys are all badminton obsessed and play regularly at a high level.

I’ve even tried to find ways to upcycle their badminton shuttlecocks.

Shuttlecock patent

8. Coke Bottle Design

I’m not sure if this is the original coke bottle design but it looks very similar.

Coke style bottle 1937

9. Time Chart Patent

I admit I love this patent for a time chart just because it has a map on it. I tend to love anything with a retro-style world map on it.

Time chart patent art 1893

10 Reading Lamp Blueprint

Finally, this patent for a reading lamp would look great in any home. I’ve also shown how the patent art would look if you invert it.

Reading lamp patent art
Reading lamp patent 1923 inverted

Personally, the roller skate patent is my favourite and I’m going to download it and frame it for my son’s room.

What would you like as a patent art? What are you going to search for with the Google patent search?

Something to do with one of your hobbies, or perhaps a holiday-themed search. There are some great Christmas inventions patent prints available.

Free Google patent art

Mary Randolph

Thursday 9th of June 2022

you are amazing. You are proof that there are really good people in the world. I appreciate it so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. you are my hero!


Thursday 9th of June 2022

That's very kind of you to say so, thank you so much.

Izak Niemann

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Is it legal to sell those patent drawings on print on demand items? How does it work? Thanks!


Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Yes, they are in the Public domain.


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Thank you so much for generously donating your time . It's rare that a person gives and expects nothing in return. I just wanted to thank you and I agree with above poster about a subscription. I'd too love to be a part of any past or future blog posts you write, Best Amandine


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Thank you so much. I just love to share these wonderful images I find.

36 Totally Free Black and White Art Prints | Fox + Hazel

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

[…] // bougainvillea // prayer plant // ferris wheel // floral letter (edited) // vintage patent // flower // monstera // […]


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Great write up! You're definitely right about Google's patent search engine not being the easiest to use. It can be hard to find what you're looking for because the search is still keyword based but patents often use technical language instead of every day words and phrases (i.e. a patent for a Trumpet might be just be called a "horn instrument" in the patent filing).

I run a website selling patent prints called Patent Earth and so far we've got about 1,400 unique patent designs, extensively categorized and listed with every day terminology. If you're looking for more patent ideas you should check it out! It will definitely save some time compared to Google's patent search. Of course we offer prints for sale, but you can use our catalog to find ideas for your own DIY prints. I won't mind :)

I realize this post is from 2018, but I wanted to chime in for the benefit of others that stumble onto it. Hope it helps!


Thursday 21st of November 2019

Thank you, I will take a look at your site it sounds interesting.