Reader Question: Botanical Prints

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How to create your own botanical prints

I’ve written about botanical prints a couple times before including a tutorial on how to create authentic looking botanical prints and how I framed my authentic botanical, but I’ve completely neglected to share the botanical prints in Adalyn’s bedroom and have received a few questions about where I purchased them. Well, you know me, I didn’t exactly purchase them. I purchased {or rather repurposed frames} and printed them at home. They’ve been seen in numerous posts from Adalyn’s birthday party to our Christmas decorations, but they’ve never had the spotlight – until now!

How to make botanical prints - easy and beautiful home decor

Here are the diy details to create your own botanical prints:

  1. These particular botanicals came from Vintage Printable, however, there are several sites, including Graphics Fairy that offer free printable botanicals. You can also purchase botanical books to dissect. Find your image and resize in Photoshop, Lightroom, or Preview.
  2. Optional: adjust the saturation in one of the above programs. I reduced the saturation by 25% for these prints to soften them a little.
  3. Print onto high quality paper using the “best” printer settings. I like using Paper Source’s text weight in Luxe Cream.
  4. Frame! You can find the frames I used here.

How to print and frame botanicals - easy diy art for your home

I highly recommend printing your own art for children’s rooms – they grow up all too fast and as they do, their tastes change. This way you can easily update the space without a lot of effort. The options are endless!

Easy art idea for home - diy botanical prints

How to make botanical prints - easy and beautiful home decor

Really, it couldn’t be easier! I created and hung 6 of these in about a half hour. You would never know that they were printed on a basic home printer.

Create beautiful home decor with this botanical prints tutorial

If you have any questions about our home, don’t be afraid to ask! Often, details are overlooked as I rush to write during nap time.

Create beautiful home decor with this botanical prints tutorial

Home Decor Idea - how to make botanical art
 
I’m always creating “artwork” for the walls to decorate our home. When you diy it, you can change it with the seasons, as your children grow older or as you tire of it without guilt. DIY botanical art only requires 5 minutes, a few sheets of card stock, and double stick tape {the foam kind}.
 
 
Home Decor Idea - how to make botanical art
 
Find artwork you like online. These are from Graphics Fairy.  Be sure that you have permission to print. Most without copyright will disclose that they are available for your personal use.
 
 Home Decor Idea - how to make botanical art
 
Insert images into Microsoft Word {or into any design program} and resize to a size lesser than your mat.  Print at best quality onto your card stock.
 
Home Decor Idea - how to make botanical art
 
If your background isn’t white, be sure to fold over on your colored edge, away from the image itself, as shown above.
 
Home Decor Idea - how to make botanical art
 
Image side down, tear.  This creates a slight bend backwards.
 
Home Decor Idea - how to make botanical art
 
Adding double stick tape raises the print off the back of the frame like high end artwork.
 
Home Decor Idea - how to make botanical art
 
You know those sheets of paper that have a photo of a couple {otherwise known as Phoebe’s dad for Friends fans} or the store name?  Keep it and flip it over. Adjust it so that it’s flush with your mat. Center the image and stick it onto the usually discarded paper.
 
Home Decor Idea - how to make botanical art
 
For the other artwork in our hearth room, I printed a variety of ferns, inspired by this Pottery Barn photo.
 
 
Enjoy a few other of my easy art ideas:
heirloom frames    shabby chic pinboard    heirloom nursery    milestone frame    gallery wall    maps    more maps    hand & footprints    oar coat hook    dictionary pages    book pages {inspirational prologue}    linen art
 
Here is my botanical art wall:
 
Home Decor Idea - how to make botanical art
 
You can pin this project to save for later here:
 
diy botanical art
 
Julie

 

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