This DIY botanical wall art project is perfect for any room in your house. Find the prints you like, edit, and print them for beautiful wall decor.
I was looking for some pretty wall decor for a new small bathroom we had installed in our basement. I decided to use a couple of free printables of vintage botanical art and have them printed in a large poster format. This free artwork can be found all over the internet and makes a big impact for not a lot of money.
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DIY Botanical Wall Art
You can find all kinds of free images of botanical prints online to use for your own home decor.
For my prints, I used a couple from Pillar Box Blue's Wildflower Illustrations page. However, there are so many more options on this website. You can also search Google or Pinterest to find all kinds of free printable botanical prints.
How to Edit Illustrations
I am using a PC. However, I'm sure editing images is an option on a Mac computer. Once you download the image to your computer open or double click on the image. At the top of the screen you will see an "edit" button (see circled image above).
Once you click the edit button you may want to crop the image. As you can from the image above its margins were not even so I had to crop it. Just move the lines on the sides, top and bottom to the spot you want.
Next, click on the light tool (looks like a sun).
Now on the right side, you will have options to lighten the image and play with the color. Most of the images were vintage looking and I wanted them to be a little lighter and have more of a white background. I adjusted the warmth, highlights, and contrast to get an image I liked.
Finally, save the image by choosing save as copy. This way you can also go back to the original if you need to.
Printing Your Botanical Art
Find a Printer
There are many places you can get your image printed. Walmart, Walgreens, Staples, FedEx office and more. Each of these printing places lets you upload your own photos, and choose the size and orientation.
I usually upload my image to one of the online printers and have it shipped to me. However, many have the option to pick it up at their local store or print it in the store. Don't forget to search for a coupon as many of these printing companies offer discounts. Retailmenot.com is a good site to try.
Choosing the Size
You will need to choose the size of your print. Go to the site and see what sizes they have. Then if you want you can cut out a piece of brown paper or newspaper in that size and hang it on the wall to see if it's a good fit. I choose 16 x 20 for my prints.
Buying a Frame
Craft stores are great places to find inexpensive poster frames. I purchased my from Michaels. However, another great place to find frames is your local Goodwill or thrift store. You may want to find a frame first and then work on print size to fit.
Here are the completed prints hanging in the new bathroom. I love the way they brighten up the small space.