Wednesday, March 3, 2021

DIY black & white botanical art with FREE printables

 Oh Springtime, how I long for you!

Spring projects are popping up all over blogs and websites and it is getting me so excited! 

I thought long and hard about what I would like to make for a Spring DIY to share with you all, and I think I came up with a good one.

As you know, my favorite color is "neutral" so combining something very Springy with black and white proved to be a bit of a challenge.

However, I think you are going to LOVE this project!

It came to me when I was taking my dogs for a walk in the woods.

Here in the PNW we have a ton of ferns, beautiful trees and leaves, and some rather pretty weeds even.

I thought it would be fun to display these, but again, in a neutral fashion. So get ready for DIY black and white botanical art with free printables!

A trip to the Dollar Tree yielded me some black foam core, and a trip to TJ Maxx yielded me some pretty inexpensive black picture frames.

Here is what I did to make these chic botanical prints, personalized to my surroundings, and how you can make them too!

1- Head outdoors with your clippers and an open mind. Clip more than enough branches, moss, weeds, you name it.

2.- When you get them indoors place the pieces individually sandwiched between paper towels, them put them in a book with something heavy on top to weight them down.

3- Wait, wait, then wait even longer. I left mine for only about 3 days but I would think the longer the better to ensure all the moisture is removed and the leaves are very dry.

4- While you are waiting for this you can cut your foam core to the size of your frames. My frames are 11x14. I used the glass out of the frames as a template and cut the foam core front and back with an exacto knife.

5-Once your leaves are dry, it is time to spray paint them! You can use white or off white paint to create a good contrast between them and the black foam core.

You will want to pick and paint more flowers, weeds, and leaves than you have frames for. Some will turn out, and some will not, so you want to have more than enough to sift through. 

6- Clean the glass on your frames.

7- Select one painted and dried floral to go on the center of each piece of foam core. You can use a dab of glue on each one so it doesn't shift around.

8- I also added a little piece of kraft paper stamped with the name of the pressed flower. I used individual letter stamps and a black stamp pad and looked up the French version for each one, because everything in French looks fancier doesn't it?!

9- Put everything back together and display in a grouping for a big impact!





Each botanical print cost me around $11 to make and this is pennies compared to what big box stores are charging!

Hang these in a grouping for a big impact, and don't forget to use command strips so you don't damage your walls!

Now, for those of you that don't feel like going to all the work, I have turned these into FREE printables for you! Simply print them out {for your own personal use please!} frame them, and hang.

Click on the plant names below to take you to the downloadable images.

CAMELIA-IVY BERRIES-HOLLY-ALYSSUM-BAY LAUREL-HEATHER-FERN-STICKERBUSH-ENGLISH LAUREL



I found similar options on the internet. Care to see how these compare? 

This set of 12 is $495!

These on Etsy are much more reasonable.

Pottery Barn has some, but again, way more expensive.

I do love the idea of doing herbs in a kitchen.





So what do you think?
 
Will you be making your own, or printing off my free downloads?
I can't wait to see what you do. Please share and tag me on Instagram when/if you do!



This week I'm joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Spring Seasonal Simplicity Series! We're all sharing some fantastic spring DIY Ideas with you! Be sure to check out these fun spring crafts and DIY ideas by clicking on the links below each image.

My Best Spring DIY Craft Projects at The Happy Housie

DIY Black and White Botanical Art - My Sweet Savannah

Tropical Spring Centerpiece - Clean & Scentsible

DIY Textile Artwork that Changes by Season - Grace in My Space

Bunny Bowl Dupe - Craftberry Bush

How to Sew a Zippered Pillow Case from a Spring Cloth Napkin - Zevy Joy

DIY Eggshell Planter - Life is a Party

Bunny Ear Napkin Rings - The Handmade Home

DIY Vase Makeover with Paint and Baking Soda - This is Simplicite

Flower Petal Bowl - Deeply Southern Home

DIY Spring Footed Stacking Tray Centerpiece - Tatertots & Jello

The Easy Way to Stencil a Sea Grass Basket - The Tattered Pew

Easy Easter Napkin Rings - A Pretty Life

Easy Spring Mason Jar Centerpiece - She Gave it a Go

xoxo, Melaine 

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