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Botany Printable Art and a Wall Decor Hanging Trick

A free download of botany printable art perfect for spring and summer, plus a wall decor hanging hack to make hanging frames quick and easy.

If you didn’t notice, radio silence hit hard here on the blog last week. Since we’ve had so much happening lately, it’s been challenging to keep up with everything that entails putting together a blog post to update you guys. There are days I have to throw in the towel and tell myself I can’t do it all.

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In the past month, Robert and I have bought a house, traveled to Austin, Miami, and Chicago for several work-related events, and painted 5 rooms top-to-bottom. All I can say is thank God for grandparents who double as babysitters. Life in the fast-lane isn’t really our speed- total homebodies over here. We missed our little love bug so much in the midst of all the work we’ve been doing lately that we decided we needed to spend some good ol’ quality time with her for a little while.

As soon as we unpacked our suitcases from our very last trip last week, we were finally able to vacate my parents’ home and officially move into the new house to spend our first night here as a family just in time for my 30th birthday. It’s been absolutely glorious to have a home that’s really ours again.

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The first thing I did upon moving in… made a gallery wall. Makes total sense, right? (Don’t most people unpack? I dunno.)  Decorating just makes my heart happy.

This one is not nearly as complex as the gallery wall in our last house. Even better, the botany art I printed for it cost $3 per print. Boom!

I’ve always had a love affair for botanicals (even to go as far as rip it out of thrifted books); there’s an elegance to it, and it never fails to add warmth and to soften up a stark, rigid space like our living room has been lately. I tried to fight against it to try something “new”, but then I decided, if you really love something, don’t hold back. And I lurv me some botanicals so…

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I ended up having to hang these 6 frames by myself while Robert was at work and Olivia was at preschool using this handy dandy trick that I’ve used for several years now. No measuring, no oopsie nail holes, no second pair of eyes needed. The secret: toothpaste.

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It’s totally weird, right? I can’t believe I’ve never shared it before.

Supplies Used:  (Some affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)

  • 6 – 18″x24″ color engineer prints (I had mine printed at Staples.)
  • 6 botany art files (You can download mine by clicking on the button to subscribe near the end of this post.)
  • 6- 16″x20″ frames (I used these.)
  • A tube of toothpaste*
  • Hanging nails and hammer*
  • Small level

(*Scotch Mounting Tape works well too, if you don’t want to nail into your wall.)

To print the color engineer prints, go here on Staples.com, click the “design now” button in the lower right corner, and click “engineering prints in color”. In the pop-up window, click “add files” to upload the botany art files. The images are already sized to 15″x20″. Click “upload”, select the 18″x24″ size on the “media” tab on the left, and click “portrait” orientation. Do not click “size to fit” unless you want the print to be larger than 15″x20″.

*Some of y’all have reported your local Staples not printing these as engineer prints (it varies by location). If you need a great alternative, you can try overnightprints.com 

I was able to find these frames for $11 each on Michaels.com by combining a really good sale with a 20% off coupon. They look so much like wood and glass in person, but they’re just plastic poster frames. I’ve debated dry-brushing or gray-washing the wood-look frames to break up all of the brown tones a bit, but Robert thinks we should leave them. What do you think?

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My prints were an inch shorter on the sides than the actual frame because of the dimensions of the original image, so I just took the white paper out of the frame, centered my print on the “glass”, pressed in place with the cardboard type backing, and closed the metal tabs. It just ended up looking like an aged border, so it worked out perfectly! Problem solved.

Everywhere I looked online to buy botanical frame sets of 6, they were all over $200. My set is $84. Ha! Frames ain’t cheap, yo!

To hang them up, I just dab a little smaller than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the nail hole on the back of the frame, place the frame on the wall where I want it to hang, and press.
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It leaves that little bit of toothpaste on that spot on the wall so that I can drive a nail or a screw into it. Hang it up, and voila! Perfectly in place.

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I originally found the prints online as public domain images. There are thousands upon thousands of high resolution free-for-public-use pictures out there, so if you ever want free wall decor, all it takes is a quick search.

If you don’t want such large prints, you can still print them on your home printer at a smaller size to frame in an 8″x10″ or a matted 10″x13″.

So now we have this feminine touch of leaves and flowers above this masculine looking wagon bench, which I found a couple of years ago on Craigslist for $35. I loved it so much in the hallway of our last house that I couldn’t bare to part with it.

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This spot is right beside our back door, so it will be great for putting on shoes before trudging through the backyard or dumping our bags after a long day. (Or a certain 4 year-old can pretend she’s driving a horse-drawn carriage… that kind of stuff.)

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I’m sure I’ll change out the prints later this year once fall and winter arrive, but these are perfect for spring and summer.

Here are some of the rest of the sources I used in this little spot too:

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You can download these botany art prints from my subscriber printable library by clicking here or on the button below to sign up.

*If you’re already a subscriber, the downloadable prints are already in your email.

Between this and our breakfast nook banister wall planter, that makes 2 walls decorated out of about 100… so it seems. Got any ideas for the other 98? 😉

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136 Comments

  1. I tried two different Staples near my home in Ohio. They both won’t do it because they said the engineering print paper won’t hold that much ink. 🙁 They offered to do it on poster paper for $15. 🙁 I guess it is different in different parts of the country? Any tips?

    1. Oh no! So weird. My Staples didn’t have any problems printing mine and didn’t even mention it. I’ve printed on engineer prints before like this without any issues. I wonder why yours won’t? I wish they would be consistent about this.

    2. I just received a call from my Staples here in Alabama saying they could not process my order as engineering prints. I wish I had known this before I ordered the frames. ☹️

      1. Man! I’m so sad Staples is doing this! So far (knock on wood), I haven’t run into any problems at my local Staples, so I have no idea why they vary so much in their policies nationwide. Printing engineering prints for art has been a really common thing to do for several years now by a lot of home/DIY bloggers, so I guess they’ve decided to charge more and require people to print on posters because of it? I think you can still get engineer prints done at Kinkos and the UPS Store, and you can Google “print services [your city/town]” to see if small, locally owned print shops can do it. You can always just print them at 8×10 size from your own printer and mat them in the 16×20 frames too. I’ve made mats myself before that I just cut out from white cardstock poster board or Michael’s usually sells mats that size if you don’t want to make them. Hoping that gives you some options anyway.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing the toothpaste tip! You have no idea how much easier you just made my life!!!

  3. Lauren – thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous botanical prints … I’ve never had engineered prints done so going to ask another probably silly question. Are the files you provide already sized to the 16×20? If not, what program do you use to accomplish the resizing. Will that not pixelate the image and not print well?

    Love them on your wall!

    1. Hi Cheryl! Not silly at all. 🙂 Yes, they’re already sized to 16×20, so they won’t be pixelated at that size, but if you wanted them smaller, I often use Picmonkey.com to resize.

      1. Wait, what? They are already sized to 16×20? I am so confused! When I sent the order in I did click off the button that says “Fit content to paper – scale up or down”. What size will they come out?

        1. Yes! They’re sized to 16×20. You only have to upload, no “fit to paper” needed because then it will be 18×24 and pixelated. So sorry for the confusion!

          1. Just a follow up – I did get the prints and actually found the same frames on clearance in my local store. I have the exact same prints as you now! (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?) Now that you have the fall ones, I updated my wall today. I am so stinkin’ excited! Cannot wait to see what you pick for winter!

  4. I really like those botanical prints above the bench and I like the frames the way they are. They really do look like real wood.

  5. This may be a dumb question, but where the heck do I find the link to sign up to a subcription to your blog!? I can’t seem to find it, someone help! Thanks!

  6. Love your prints, they look great! Thanks for the tip. that will come in handy to know. Your back entry is pretty cool.

  7. Those prints are beautiful. Love the wood frames.
    I must remember the toothpaste trick.
    Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see the rest of your new home!

  8. Seriously!? You could slam peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the wall and it would look great, that’s how awesome you are ha! Love following your decorating and sharing heart, thank you.

  9. Love this collage of Botanicals! I also love Botanicals. I agree that you should leave the wood tone frames. Thanks for the toothpaste tip. I will definitely try it.

  10. Okay I feel like this may be a dumb question and I’ll have a total “duh” moment. But, why is the engineer print bigger than the size of the print file and frame? Do you cut it down?

    1. Not dumb at all! I should have clarified. So I sized the images to be 16″x20″ and uploaded the images on Staples.com for my engineer prints, which are 18″x24″. So your print will end up with a white border and the image itself will still be 16″x20″, which you can just cut with scissors. Staples actually trimmed mine for me though without me even asking, so they might do the same for yours.

      1. Oh no! I already sent the order in as 18×24. And the frames are sold out! I will see if I can cancel and redo it!

      2. I LOVE your botanical gallery. I’m impressed at how budge friendly it is too. Thanks for providing the printables. I’m excited to give this a try for my farmhouse dining room revamp. However, I’m still confused on the whole print size. Mainly because you ended up having space on each side that didn’t fill the frame. Is there a way to avoid this?

        Warmest rega4ds,
        Bee

        1. Hi Bee,
          You can print them out at 8×10 and put them in an 8×10 frame so to fill up the entire frame.
          Glad you like them!

  11. Oh how I love botanicals. I’ve always used botanicals in my homes over the years and even had the botanical pattern on my dishware. In this house, I’ve mixed things up with coastal birds (birds are another favorite of mine).

    It’s great to see you can do so well with the color engineering prints.

    Nancy

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