5 Easy Takes On DIY Botanicals

5 Easy Takes On DIY Botanicals

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Leah Moss
May 21, 2012

As you've heard me lament time and again, I have a love-hate relationship with plants. I love them. They hate me. Botanical prints to the rescue!

As I type, I'm looking directly over at my plant graveyard which consists of five failing orchids who nearly made it. While I am determined to win over at least one plant's heart in my lifetime— I will not not not being giving up anytime soon— I have to admit that botanical prints have never looked better. After all, the plants only have to stay alive long enough to be pressed or painted— cha-ching! There are hundreds of genius ideas for transferring the beauty of the plant onto the page, but the following caught my attention for their ease and cost effectiveness.

Kirsten form Restored Style created a nostalgic version using old book pages and pressed plants.
Lauren Liess from Pure Style home created the no frills botanical prints for her sons' play shed using a color copier.
• I love the graphic quality of the negative image in the botanical prints created by Better Homes and Gardens. They suggest faux leaves, but my local nursery used the real deal to great effect.
• There is something whimsical about the 3D version created by HGTV's Kristen Cunningham. Leaves were sprayed with acrylic finish to keep them intact.
Family Circle's paint pen on glass version is a bit more involved than the rest, but the contrast effect is beautiful.

(Images: 1: Restored Style, 2: Lauren Liess from Pure Style home, 3: Better Homes and Gardens, 4: HGTV, 5: Family Circle)

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