|These custom framed botanical prints look classy,|
but are economical and easy to make.
Even a child’s squiggle or a vintage postcard looks smashing when it has some space (the mat) and a border (the frame) around it. So, there’s no need to dig deep into your budget to decorate even large walls in your home with original art. Artsy, frame-worthy stuff is all around!
What you need
- Some specimens of greenery or flowers
- Paper towels and large books for pressing the greenery
- Something heavy to weight the books while pressing
- Lint-free glass-cleaning cloth
- Frame with mat and glass
- Sheet of plain paper, larger than mat opening, preferably a stiff paper like watercolor or pastel paper, but budget construction paper will work as well
- Scissors, sharp ones
- Screwdriver, flathead
- Fabric, larger than mat, and in a color or design that coordinates with the room where the art will hang, and that compliments the artwork itself
- Tape, either transparent or masking
- Rubber cement
|I chose some green fabric and some brown fabric that picked up the colors of the two|
ferns I planned to frame in two separate frames. You could use a pattered fabric as well.
|Place your greenery between layers of paper towels. Choose perfect leaves or flowers, |
free from blemishes or holes. Thinner leaves without much moisture content work best.
rubber cement where it won't show, like on the stem.
Please note that these pressed specimens are not archival quality. They may turn brown with time because I did not dry them in silica gel or press them for a year under encyclopedia books, but they will look just fine until your home sells!