DIY botanical art is easy, inexpensive, and gorgeous. Get tips for printing, framing, and customizing botanical prints to fit your decor style.
I promise, the hardest part of the DIY is choosing your favorite print. Everything you need to get professional results is right here!
So here’s the story.
I remember picking wild flowers as a child (mostly dandelion, clover, and wild violets), and creating my own botanical art. I would tape them all over a sheet of paper and hang them on the wall in my room. I was so proud of my masterpiece! but it eventually dried. And drooped. And sprinkled little flower confetti all over the floor. Sad face.
Thankfully, my taste in botanicals has grown up a bit. I love the more traditional look, but modern botanicals are gorgeous too, and watercolors are some of my favorites.
I spent hours searching for botanical art that won’t cost an arm and a leg, or an entire paycheck.
Let me save you some time and the risk of falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole (you’re welcome) by sharing some gorgeous, printable sources.
You don’t have to buy ready-made, framed art when it is so easy and inexpensive to make your own.
First, let’s start with the traditional look.
Traditional Botanical Art
Many old, original botanicals are on yellowed, peachy toned backgrounds because white paper was not available when these were originally printed. While these are still beautiful, I prefer white backgrounds. Luckily, I found a source on Wikimedia Commons that with the original botanicals that are converted to white the backgrounds.
These are free to use in the U.S. without restriction.
What a difference! There are over 250 choices on this list, and the vibrant colors are gorgeous against the white background.
Here’s another one of my favorites.
Choose your favorites and print them right from your own computer, or upload them to your favorite online photo shop. I used Office Depot for these, and I was thrilled with the professional results.
I used the regular 8 1/2 by 11 print size on cardstock, standard white 65lb paper for only $0.67 a copy.
If you have frames with 8×10 openings, these will fit nicely. If you want more of a white border around the print, like the photo below, reduce the size of the copy to 75-80% of the original.
I printed a black and white copy at home at 75% of the original, just to see how it would fit into the frame. I really like this style as well, but I definitely wanted color prints for this project.
I already had the wide black frames. I picked them up at Tuesday Morning years ago, and they have been waiting patiently in the closet for this very project. Any other frame hoarders out there? Uh huh. The struggle is real!
Frames can dress botanical art up or down. They’re kind of like the little black dress of home decor. They will never go out of style, and you can choose frames to fit your decor style. Go rustic with weathered wood, modern with slim black frames, or anything in between.
Watercolor Botanical Art
And now for a more modern approach to DIY botanical art.
Abstract botanicals are everywhere these days,so when I came across these botanical art printables by Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof, I literally gasped out loud. She offers a free download of banana leaf watercolor prints that she created herself using an app.
I’ve always wanted to do this myself, but I have an Android phone that isn’t compatible with the app. But Jenna did such a great job, and she shared the gorgeous prints for free!
I love that they have that abstract, watery effect, and I printed two of her botanical art printables for $0.62 a piece on 28lb. paper.
Since this botanical watercolor has a more modern vibe, I used a white frame from Michael’s.
It comes with a paper mat that is creamy white, so I flipped it over to the other side to find a slightly grey/white mat and laid my 8 1/2 by 11 print right on top of it, instead of under it like a traditional mat.
Here are two of the botanical prints side by side. There are actually four prints in the set.
Are you more traditional or modern? Isn’t it hard to choose?
Another source of botanical art I’m loving is Vintage Printable, and these beauties are next on my DIY wall art list. They’re called cyanotypes, and they are in the public domain, so they are also free to use in the U.S.
I have a coastal bedroom project I’m currently working on, so stay tuned for how these beauties turn out.
In the meantime, check out my Pinterest DIY Wall Art board for more printable art sources and ideas. And please share your favorite botanical sources!
Take a peak at a another inexpensive botanical art project I completed using art I found on Etsy. (shameless self-promotion)
And lastly, look at this sweet clover print from Vintage Printable. My daughter and I used to collect these for the kitchen table on our daily walks when she was little. Nostalgic face!
Don’t you just love how art helps to tell the story of your home? Happy printing!