I’ve been decorating the new house with a botanical theme and style. I love the earthy vibe and green is my favorite color. There’s something fresh and simple that appeals to me in this decor. And it brings the outdoors in. I had fun creating this grouping and wanted to show you how you can duplicate it using free botanical wall decor printables and items I purchased from Hobby Lobby.
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Free Botanical Prints from Cherished Bliss
I love that there are free botanical prints available online! I have several saved in Pinterest. This set by Ashley from Cherished Bliss is exactly what I needed for this stairway that leads down from my kitchen. I love herbs and I needed six beautiful prints which is what I found here. The site was easy to use, and the prints were easy to download.
I knew that I wanted to frame these botanicals and I envisioned them in a paned window frame so I was keeping my eyes open for one as I was here, there, and everywhere. I had this large white wall leading down my staircase and I wasn’t sure if framed botanical art would look right here. Would they look too square? Would the framed botanicals add enough color.
I invited my friend Anita over to give her opinion. Although Anita has a different decorating style than I do, she has a great eye and understands what I want, so she was able to advise me on the space. She drew up the design for my botanical wall decor that included a window and two circular elements on the right to balance my light fixture without looking too symetrical.
I had the wall art prints in mind, waiting for me on my Pinterest board, long before I had my frame. One day while shopping for cards at Hobby Lobby I noticed this lovely basket on an aisle display. This was circular! And it would look nice with some trailing eucalyptus. Which I have in abundance left over from my daughter’s wedding last year.
As I looked around I noticed that there were all sorts of possibilites in style at the moment so I decided to put some things together and buy all the pieces I would need at once. This basket was not at all cheap priced at $99.99, and still seemed steep to me at the 40% off, but it was darling and I knew in the long run I would not regret the purchase. This basket turned out to be the most expensive part of my DIY botanical wall decor project.
I headed over to the wall art section and found a rustic white window frame! Now it didn’t have glass, it wasn’t a real window, but it was lighter and would be easier to hang than a legit repurposed frame. At 50% off, it became $34.99
I had a large piece of cardboard at home to use as a backing for this project, but I also had to cover it because the botanical prints do not fill the window openings. So large square paper, 12×12 in sage green, was also added to my cart. It happened to be on sale for 99¢. There was some lovely grey linen paper in the same size that would have also been quite pretty.
To achieve a floating print, I attached the botanical prints to the back of the frame and the sage green paper to the cardboard.
Next I picked up this Metal Green Succulent, regularly $11.99 and on sale for $5.99. I had wire at home to attach it to the Wooden Basket Tray which I purchased at the full price of $13.99. So my grand total at checkout with tax was $128.15.
Assembling the Botanical Framed Art
First, I printed off by botanicals onto cardstock. I was able to adjust the printing size to 90% which was a better fit for this frame. As you can see from the picture below, there is a depth difference between the front and back of the frame. As I’ve mentioned, I positioned the botanical prints forward by taping them to the back side of the frame openings in a later step.
Then I needed to change the placement of the hangers so that I could create a horizontal frame rather than a vertical one.
Then I used a glue stick to attach the sage paper to my cardboard piece being careful to have paper edges align with my panes. I had to trim the paper a little to make this work.
After making sure my paper edges didn’t show. I taped on my botanical prints. And then taped the cardboard backing onto the frame.
One little additional purchase was a trip to Walmart to pick up this picture hanging set. Although I could have directly hung the picture using the hangers that had come with the frame, I knew that would be tricky balancing on a ladder on the stairs. I wanted a big wire that could easily grasp two of the wall hanging hooks from this packaging.
Here’s how I used the original hangers and the wire together.
Now technically, a real window wouldn’t open the way I have this one situated with the hinges at the top and bottom and the latch in the center.
Creating the Succulent Basket
The metal succulent has a nice hanging hole so this is where I started with the wire.
Then I fed it easily through to the backside of the wooden basket tray. After attaching the succulent tightly, I used the end of the wire to create a loop for hanging.
Using a few lightweight items, I tested the arrangement placement on the wall. Eli asked why I had to use such ugly wrapping paper, but that was exactly the point! Wrapping paper works great when you need a large piece like this. Rather than taping several small pieces together, I just grabbed the ugliest Christmas wrap I could find in my basement.
I love the final results! Now I can cross botanical wall decor project off the list and find something new to create around here.