As you’ve seen on the show, I love to decorate with beautiful vintage pieces and rare finds. These pieces not only add character, but they also tell a story. One of my favorite design tips is mixing old with new so that your rooms have character and feel unique to your personal style.
A favorite piece we’ve used when decorating are these beautiful antique botanical prints. Unfortunately, these can at times be difficult to find and potentially very pricey, so we thought we would show you a fun and easy way to make your own botanical hanging print.
There are many websites that provide free botanical art to download, but please ensure you respect and adhere to their distribution and use policies. For this particular print, we used Botanicus.org
. Botanicus is a free, web-based encyclopedia of digitized historic, botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library
. You can read more about it here
There are pages and pages full of beautiful art prints for you to choose from, with this particular image found on page 239.
– Go here
and scroll through the page list on the left side of your screen. There are pages full of text, but to view the prints, scroll down until you see “plate 1” and click on it.
– You can toggle from page to page and browse through the prints.
– Click on download on the top of the page. This will download the entire book, which is a 32 mb PDF file. As it is a PDF, you cannot download single pages, but will need to download the entire book.
– Once downloaded, you can select the image you like and print.
Assembling your poster:
– A botanical print enlarged to desired size. You can have it printed at your local Staples or print shop, and you can choose whichever paper you want. This one had a bit of a sheen to it, but a matte version would look great as well. (This print measures 24″x 36″)
– 2 X 7/8″ dowels
– Twine or rope
– Hot Glue, staples or thumb tacks
– 2 eye hooks
– Wood Stain (optional; we used Special Walnut)
Cut dowels 1″ longer than poster (leaving you 0.5″ either side of the print).
Stain dowels if desired and allow to dry completely.
Insert eye hooks to either side of dowels.
Place a thin bead of hot glue along the bottom of the print and attach to the dowel. Alternatively, you can also use staples or thumbtacks to attach print to dowel. Repeat this at the top of the print.
Thread twine or rope trough eye hooks and secure with a knot.
These can of course can be printed smaller (or larger) and displayed in frames as part of a gallery wall, or simply hung with with large paper clips and changed from season to season. Enjoy!