By H. Iacobacci-Miller
Botanical prints can be great accents for a variety of decorating
from Country Cottage to Victorian. The best thing is, you can make
them yourself and save a bundle.
Take a trip to your favorite bookstore and pilfer through the bargain
section for coffee table books that have botanical prints. Try to
find prints that are free from narrative. A signature or the name
of the flower is ok, but you don't want to try to cut out paragraphs
while keeping the picture in proportion. We're going for simplicity
Now for the frame. You can either re-use frames you have lying
around the house or head to the discount store for cheap, wood frames.
Remember, you can always paint the frames. For a Victoria style,
look for frames with filigree and an antiqued gold finish, which
you can do yourself. Country Cottage or Shabby Chic décor
frames are best when they look used and distressed in soft, pastel
shades. Again, you can achieve this yourself. The important thing
to remember is the basic design style you're going for. You can
always change the color of the frame with just a little bit of paint
or gold leaf.
For the mat, you can choose from a variety of options. You can
purchase pre-cut mats in a myriad of colors or you can use fabric
or handmade paper to frame your print.
With a sharp razor, carefully cut the botanical prints from your
book. If using fabric or heavy paper, use a spray adhesive to secure
your print. If you're using a pre-cut mat, just lay the mat over
the print. Place back in your frame and you're done.
You can hang your prints in a variety of groupings or even place
them on picture easels. For a more embellished look hang your new
prints with decorative ribbon, this will look charming with Country
This is an easy, inexpensive project that can make an impact in