DIY Budget Art with FREE Botanical Prints

Remember my old window upcycle that I posted last week?  I mentioned that I originally planned to use some awesome botanical prints for that project, but I switched gears and put some jumbo vintage typewriter keys in the window instead. You didn’t think I forgot about those beautiful botanicals, did you? Of course not…I ended up using them in my dining room for my DIY Budget Art with FREE Botanical Prints.

botanical printYou can get the FREE download of 12 gorgeous botanicals HERE.  I had mine printed on ivory card stock. I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to use them, but they were too pretty to pass up.

In the meantime, I stopped into my local ReStore because they were having a sale, and spotted this:

ReStore Paneled door

It was $1, but I had a 10% off coupon so I paid $.90 – including sales tax. 🙂

It isn’t a door, because it didn’t have any hardware or holes in it. It was filthy and had remnants of construction glue at the top and bottom – so I’m thinking it was a built in panel of some kind.

ReStore Paneled Door

I wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to do with it, but I thought I might put photos or something into the little frames.  So – I scrubbed it down and went over it with deglosser. Then I dry brushed a couple different shades of cream paint over it, allowing some of the original honey colored finish to show through.

ReStore Paneled door

I added bulldog clips that I found at Hobby Lobby (spray painted oil rubbed bronze) so that I could easily swap out my photos or artwork.

ReStore clipboard art displ

I didn’t have any photos that made sense for this room, but I thought my botanical prints might work. They were printed on 8.5 x 11″, paper so I decided to tear the edges to get them down closer to the size I needed.

Looking for inexpensive art? See how I made my DIY Budget Friendly Art with these terrific FREE botanical prints using a $1 ReStore find.

Be veeeeerrrrrrrry careful if you try this – it’s really easy to tear off too much – but I liked the idea of having the edges be a little ragged and irregular.

botanical print

Oops!

Luckily, I had 12 prints and I only needed 5 for this project.

Looking for inexpensive art? See how I made my DIY Budget Friendly Art with these terrific FREE botanical prints using a $1 ReStore find.

DIY Budget Art with FREE botanical prints - Looking for inexpensive art? See how I made my DIY Budget Friendly Art with these terrific FREE botanical prints using a $1 ReStore find.

Hmmm….notice anything funny about this?

DIY Budget Art with FREE botanicals - Looking for inexpensive art? See how I made my DIY Budget Friendly Art with these terrific FREE botanical prints using a $1 ReStore find.

Like, I managed to cover up the frames, which was what attracted me to this piece in the first place?

Uh, yeah….

With the botanicals clipped on it looks like a plain piece of wood….which isn’t terrible, but not exactly what I had in mind. I do like the prints, so my plan is to leave them for the time being while I scout around for something a little smaller that I can fit in the frames.

DIY Budget Art with FREE Botanical prints - Looking for inexpensive art? See how I made my DIY Budget Friendly Art with these terrific FREE botanical prints using a $1 ReStore find.

And the lovely botanicals will move onto their next home. 🙂

Price Breakdown:

I already had the paint for the wood and the spray paint for the clips, so this project came in at about 11 bucks, and it helps fill an odd corner in my dining room that I’ve been struggling with.

DIY Budget Art with FREE Botanical Prints - Looking for inexpensive art? See how I made my DIY Budget Friendly Art with these terrific FREE botanical prints using a $1 ReStore find.

I’m linking this project up at some terrific blog parties – you can find my complete list of places I party HERE.

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Julie is a serial entrepreneur, marketer, former newspaper columnist, black belt bargain hunter, voracious reader, gardener, music lover, foodie, wino, avid party thrower, hopeless romantic, closet Parrot Head and DIY machine.

  • Such a fun idea to use free botanical prints and that door looks fantastic Julie!!!

  • Keri Roberts

    Julie, this project is too cute!! I like the frames on the panel too; I can’t believe it only cost you 90 cents!! Score!! What you did with the botanical prints looks so cool, like the ragged edges.

  • Michelle Leslie

    Totally works for me Julie, those botanicals are gorgeous and the panel thingy is the perfect backdrop to display them. Really cool