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How to Create a Botanical Gallery Wall on a Budget

July 29, 2016
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Looking for a unique way to display your art collection? Creating a gallery wall is the perfect way to make a personal statement in your home, because you can use what you love.

I happen to love flowers, but you could create a gallery wall of photographs from recent trips or prints and artwork that you bought while on vacation.

How to make an easy DIY botanical gallery wallSince framed botanical art is often expensive, I simply used botanical prints torn from the pages of the Hortus Eystettensis and framed them myself in pre-matted frames.  I’ve found that Michael’s is a great source for frames–especially when they’re on sale!  [Update: Since writing this post, I’ve noticed that the Hortus Eystettensis isn’t always available through Amazon, so here are some similar options:  Botanical Prints, Besler’s Book of Flowers and Plants, and The Art of Instruction.]

If you’d rather not use botanical-themed art, you could follow the same method using pages torn from any high-quality art book, or, as I said above, with treasured photos or perhaps your children’s artwork.

You’ll want to look for frames that highlight your art. For a crisp, clean look, frames in the same color and style are great, but you can also mix and match frame styles so that your gallery wall feels unique.

Before hanging your frames, play around with a few layouts until you find the best one for your gallery wall.  I recommend laying your framed work on the floor to try out a few setups.

Remember to take photos of the arrangements you like as you go so you won’t forget what they look like. When planning my arrangement, I tried not to place similar colors and types of flowers next to each other, both horizontally and vertically, which was tricky!

How to make an easy DIY botanical gallery wallOnce you’re ready to hang the frames, I definitely recommend having another person (and a sturdy ladder) handy.

If you’re hanging your gallery over a sofa or chair, leave at least eight inches between the base of the frame and the top of the furniture. Try not to hang your pieces too low or too high.

The most important rule to remember when putting together your gallery wall is there are no rules!  Enjoy the creative process and have fun designing a gallery wall that expresses your unique style.

P.S.  If you need more gallery wall inspiration, check out this great article from Shutterfly:  85 Creative Gallery Wall Ideas.  It’s sure to get your creative juices flowing!  (And I’m honored that my gallery wall was included in the collection!)

  xo jane

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