Last Spring I made this budget friendly botanical wall and I get so many questions about it, I thought, it’s time to put it on the blog. It was so super easy and I love the antique look of these botanical prints!
Supplies you will need:
- Frames- I found mine at Dollar Tree and took out the glass
- Botanicals or other art you would like to use…I bought 3 sets of 4 botanicals from this shop and reused them on my wall (search “Botanicals” in shop)
- Mounting Tape
- Measuring tape
- Cardstock (if desired)
Get some 8×10″ frames of your choice. I chose these “cheap” frames from Dollar Tree, just because I didn’t want to spend more money than needed. They are not the highest quality frames out there, but so cute and this color went great with the prints that I found. I took the glass out of the frames so that I wouldn’t get a reflection after putting the print in. I take the glass out of most of the frames in my home. I love the non reflective look and I think framed photos/art still looks great without glass. S
Print out as many botanicals as you bought frames for. I initially thought that I wanted 16 in my space, but after starting to hang them, I knew 20 would look better in the space. I used these botanicals because I loved the antique look of them, but you can find other botanicals out there that are free. If you look on Pinterest or google “free botanicals”, you will be able to find some. I do love the printables in this shop. They have so many other great things to print too, not just botanicals. I just found this shop on my own when searching through etsy and I love it! I printed my botanicals on cardstock paper that I picked up from hobby lobby with a 40% off coupon. Regular printer paper would work too, I just wanted mine to be a little thicker, so I used cardstock. The “antique look” of the paper is actually part of the print and it prints out that way. I used my home printer to print mine and they printed out great!
I bought 3 sets of the “4 botanicals” and just used the same ones over again for my wall. Once you purchase the printable, you can print it out as many times as you would like. If you look closely, you will be able to see that some of my botanicals are the same. I didn’t want to spend the extra money buying more than I really needed. Hanging them apart from each other on the wall disguises the similarity.
Hanging the prints was definitely time consuming, but easy all the same. I measured and found where the center of my dresser was so I could use that for where I wanted the center of my botanicals to begin. It wasn’t necessarily the center of my wall, but I wanted them centered above my dresser, not my wall. I kind of eyed where I wanted the first botanical to sit on the wall, keeping in mind how much space I wanted above them to the ceiling and how much space I wanted from the dresser to the bottom botanical.
When I had the first one placed on the wall and held up the others above and below that one to make sure it looked ok, it was smooth sailing from then on out.
I used my level to make sure the rows were straight and it also helped me to leave 2 inches in between each one. The level was my best friend for this project. When I had the first row hung from top to bottom, I held the level under the hung botanical and rested the next botanical, for the next row, on top of the level next to it. Trust me, once you get the first row done and get going, you will realize how easy it is…just time consuming, like I mentioned.
I used the level on the sides of each print as well, to make sure they were level and aligned before pressing them to the wall with the mounting tape.
I left 2 inches in between each botanical on top and bottom, and stuck them to the wall with this mounting tape. I’m sure there are a lot of things that you can use to get them to stick to the wall, but this worked great and was very budget friendly. I didn’t want to use nails, having 20 prints to hang. I’m not sure how this mounting tape will remove from my wall, since I’ve never taken them down since putting them up, but not one has fallen off of the wall since I attached them.
Chester is always along for the ride and never leaves my side. He’s such a sweet pup.
I hope this helps inspires you to create your own budget friendly botanical/art wall! I even left mine up over Christmas and just added a little tree to that pot on my dresser. They look great for all seasons! I love how it turned out and it’s Chester approved!
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