A step-by-step tutorial for making vintage French style pressed lavender art using a thrifted frame, plus a preview of the book French Vintage Decor.
Not sure if you’ve noticed yet or not, but moving into our house a year ago has somehow brought out a new love of French style for me. I guess my thought process has been I still like the vintage, slightly rustic look, but I can’t really turn our very traditional home into a primitive farmhouse. Shiplap is not happenin’ here.
Somehow the French vintage look has been the best of both though… refined, upscale, and traditional mixed in with chippy, antiqued, patina finishes. And figuring out ways to pull it off with thrift finds is just the extra fun part.
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If you’re in the same French decor lovin’ boat and don’t already follow my super sweet friend Jamie Lundstrom from So Much Better With Age, you would be head over heels for her blog. She just finished writing a book called French Vintage Decor that releases on June 12th and is chock full of thrifty DIY decorating ideas for adding the style to your home.
I’ve already found about 10 different projects I want to try from it. But this frame I got at the thrift store for $5 was already hanging around so… when in Rome… or Paris.
Jamie had this idea for pressed lavender art in a frame, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
I didn’t have any fresh lavender, but the dried stuff worked just fine. And my frame didn’t have glass, so I improvised a little bit.
- 1 sheet of white linen scrapbook paper (I picked mine up for less than $1 at Michael’s.)
- Elmer’s spray adhesive
- Dried lavender
- A couple of heavy books
1. I pulled the canvas out of the frame first, sprayed the front with the adhesive, and smoothed down the scrapbook paper.
2. I picked out a few stems of lavender, laid them on a paper towel, and pressed them overnight by placing a couple of heavy books on top.
3. To stick them to the scrapbook paper covered canvas, I coated it with more of the spray adhesive and placed the lavender stems where I wanted them. I sprayed adhesive on top of the lavender too to help it stick.
4. Then just placed the canvas back in the frame and displayed it on our foyer chest.
So pretty! And without glass on the front of the frame, it even smells like pretty French lavender in our foyer now.
I have another frame similar to this one from the thrift store that I might give the lavender treatment too. They might look great as a set on a wall somewhere eventually once I figure out the perfect spot.
I still have plenty of dried lavender leftover from this one, so it looks like more French lavender projects are in my future.
There are so many other projects in Jamie’s book that I’m hoping to try, and so many of her ideas use everyday items I see at the thrift store all the time anyway.
If you want to pick up a copy of the French Vintage Decor book, you can snag it here.
Or if you want to check out Jamie’s blog for all kinds of Frenchy inspiration, you can visit So Much Better With Age here.
Got any other ideas for using dried lavender around the house? It smells too amazing to throw out the leftovers.
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