This DIY hanging printable botanical creates a beautiful piece of wall art in no time at all! And you can have your choice of free botanical prints to download.
Have I mentioned we have FOUR kids?! I still can’t believe it. And in typical former-English-teacher and self-proclaimed-nerd fashion, I may or may not have named the last one after a Shakespearian heroine. Again. Let’s just say that little Rosalind (aka Rosie) was the inspiration for this little diy hanging printable botanical.
I’ve made a similar piece before, but I found a new passion for this style when I tried it not with the regular dowel I used in the past but with a little piece of molding, giving it a more elegant appearance. And there’s a secret little step in the middle that helps really bring out the dimension in the wood.
The best way to print botanical wall art:
But first thing’s first: how to print a large image affordably for wall art. I uploaded my public domain botanical image (see below for the free download!) to Staples.com poster printing services. I set the orientation to “portrait,” the size to “18×24,” then uploaded the file. After choosing approving the design of the image, I chose “Photo Semi Gloss” as the material and “none” as the finishing. I have used colored engineer’s prints for framed botanicals before, but for this one without a frame, I wanted a higher quality paper and image. And I love the quality of the poster it provided.
Now without further ado…
Materials needed to create a diy hanging printable botanical:
- hand saw
- thin strips of decorative molding (flat on one side) double the width of the picture
- paintbrush and stain in color of choice
- white wax
- staple gun
- scissors and twine
How to create a diy hanging printable botanical:
- Gather your materials.
- Cut two strips of molding the width of your printed botanical.
- Stain molding with color of choice and allow to dry.
- Use white wax to give your wood a weathered look and accent the dimensions of the piece. If you don’t have wax on hand, you can mix a little white chalk or latex paint into clear wax for the same effect. Allow wax to dry.
- Staple print to the back of the molding – one at top and one at bottom.
- Staple a length of twine to the top molding to hang the piece.
And that’s it! You’ve probably seen it hanging in my daughter’s room already.
Now, in search of the perfect Rose for her wall, I browsed The Graphics Fairy (one of my favorite sites for free images) and came across several that I thought were simply lovely. So I’ve formatted them all to 18×24 so they are ready for that medium size poster in case you want to make your own.
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