Bring nature indoors with this easy but elegant DIY wall art.

January 24, 2018

Graphic and vintage prints look chic on your walls, but custom frames can add up in cost and frustration. With this simple DIY project, you can make your own wall hanging that looks high-end but without the price tag. Made with wood dowels and a bit of string, this frame-free DIY project is perfect for featuring large botanical prints.

If you don't already own a collection of garden wall hangings that are display-ready, scour thrift stores, crafts fairs, and vintage boutiques until you find a print you love. Or download one of our free botanical pages and color it in yourself. With this method you'll score a pretty print and an hour of stress-relief, so grab some colored pencils and get started!

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Start to finish 4 hrs
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Involves Sanding, Staining

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Gather Art

Print your favorite garden wall art, or print and color one of our free botanical downloads. While we show a botanical print, you could also use a piece of fabric or a photo.

Download the free coloring pages here.

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Step 2

Cut and Sand Dowels

Measure and mark dowels 2 inches longer than the print. Cut dowels with miter box and saw. Sand the edges until smooth. 

Step 3

Stain Dowels

Wearing gloves, open and stir a can of stain until it's well mixed. Apply stain to the dowels using a paintbrush in long, even strokes. Rub dowels with a rag to remove any excess stain; let dry. 

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Step 4

Attach Art

Use double-stick tape to attach artwork to dowels. There should be one dowel on top, and one on the bottom. If your art is heavier than the tape can accommodate, secure the art to the dowels with a few staples.

Step 5

Hang Art

Cut desired length of string. Tie the string around top dowel and hang in desired location. 


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