Pretty DIY Botanical Print Projects
No matter the time of year, you can think spring with these gorgeous botanical print projects. From wall art to a customized decoupage chair, these pretty DIY projects featuring leafy motifs are easy to make and guaranteed to add fresh flair to your home.
Painted Leaf Tote
This painted tote looks like an upscale boutique find, but it's surprisingly simple to make. Start by printing out the tropical leaf template (click on the link below) to fit your tote. Trace the design onto stencil paper and cut out. Then spray a piece of plastic foam board with repositionable adhesive and place inside the tote. Pull fabric taut around the board and tape in place.
Spray the stencil with adhesive, then position on top of the tote. Place tote inside a large plastic bag, and seal the bag around the edges of the stencil with painters tape. Spray-paint the stencil. Let dry. Remove tape, bag, and stencil. If desired, re-position the stencil slightly askew on the painted leaf. Trace around the stencil with a paint marker.
Embroidery is coming back. Brush up on the sweet stitches with these botanical hoops. Both the lavender and dandelion designs add old-school charm to any space. Start by tracing the pattern onto linen, positioning the fabric in an embroidery hoop, then stitching along the pattern.
Botanical Gallery Wall
Go green with a DIY gallery wall featuring your favorite botanical prints. Visit local crafts stores, thrift shops, or art shows to find a selection of art, then frame and hang. This is also a great way to showcase any pressed flowers you might have saved from a wedding or other special event.
Vintage Linen Art
Transform flea market finds into stunning wall art. Print floral images onto vintage book pages, then sew or glue pages to a linen mat. Create frayed edges along the edge of the mat with scissors. Hang mats in a grid pattern with clips.
Clay Herb Ornament
These herb-pressed clay ornaments are super easy to make. Start by rolling out polymer clay on parchment paper until it's 1/8 inch thick. Place fresh herbs, leaves, or flowers on the clay, then gently roll over with a rolling pin. Remove plants. Cut out ornament shapes with a cookie cutter, then place on a baking sheet. Use a straw to punch small holes at the top of each ornament. Bake according to clay manufacturer's directions. Let cool, then roll the edges of each ornament in a thin line of paint. Let dry. Tie a ribbon through each hole.
Modern Decoupage Chair
Give a standard plastic chair a chic modern makeover. Start with a clean, dust-free chair, then attach your favorite botanical paper with three to five coats of hard-coat decoupage medium and a damp sponge. Smooth out the paper around the chair as you go. Let dry.
DIY Wall Vases
Use square scraps of plywood to create this eye-catching floral display. Assemble U-bolt hardware on each plywood board, then attach vases. Fill each vase with water and your favorite flower. Or, for a longer-lasting display, nix the water and use faux flowers.