Friday, February 17, 2012

Botanical Gallery Wall



Several of you guessed my latest project correctly!  
I used my new botanical book  for a fabulous gallery wall in the kitchen.  


The pages are just about 9x11" and sweet Emily Clark tipped me off to some great budget-friendly frames at Michael's.  They are 11x14" and come in a 2-pack for $7.99.  I used a coupon and ended up getting each frame for about $3. Even though they are plastic frames, I think they look relatively high end, and the backs were super quick and easy to remove and put back together.


To remove the pages cleanly from the book, I used an X-Acto knife to cut the page while holding the spine open as far as possible.  Once the page was out I used my scrapbooking paper trimmer to clean up the cut edge a bit.  

Before framing the prints I spread them all out on the floor and worked with them until I found an arrangement that I liked.  Then, I took pictures so I would remember the order to put them in when ready to hang them on the wall.


The pictures are mounted on a piece of white poster board...easy peasy!    



The hardest part of the project was marking the wall, but even that was simpler than I thought it would be.  It just involved some persistent work with a tape measure and my trusty laser level.  I used two nails close to the top corners of each picture so they wouldn't get crooked on the wall every time the kids slam the back door.  ;-)


I'm really loving the cleaner-but dramatic-look on this wall. As a reminder, here it was a few weeks ago:



and here it is today:



I hope your weekend is fun and productive!  There's a pillow-making fest going on here, and, I'm behind on some e-mails.  Promise I'll catch up this weekend!




Linking up with: Remodelaholic, Homemaker on a DimeCrafty Texas GirlsSavvy Southern StyleIt's OverflowingSouthern LovelyThe Shabby NestShine Your LightTatertots and JelloClassy ClutterThrifty Decor Chick

47 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Jennifer!! I see this getting pinned like crazy! I love the pop of color, the simple black frames, the scale and the drama of a whole wall of botanicals - it seriously looks amazing!

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  2. I looooove it!! So clean and fresh and happy looking!! :)

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  3. This is gorgeous!! It seems like a huge undertaking but you make it sound so easy! Amazing!

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  4. Absolutely stunning! Btw, thanks for the sweet comment on my blog :) Hope you can also swing by and join my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop every Sunday at 5 pm, PST.

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  5. That is great! It looks much more modern and on trend then the previous. Great job!

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  6. Such a creative way to display all the beautiful art from your garden book. The wall looks gorgeous!

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  7. Your wall looks beautiful! you executed it beautifully and with a modern feel. Would you mind sharing the book you used? thanks, justine

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  8. Justine, your e-mail isn't linked to your comment and I can't reach you. Hopefully you'll check back here...I gave a link to the book at the very top of the post. I purchased it on Amazon. Hope that helps!

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  9. This turned out beautifully! Love what a difference it made on this wall and your selection of prints is great :)

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  10. WOW!! This looks great! I love the green shutters! New follower, btw.

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  11. That was worth the wait!! I knew it would be fabulous! It's the perfect bold impact yet, sophisticated and timeless!

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  12. Just beautiful!!! I can't beleive you got such a great deal on the frames...they really do look high end :o)
    ~Des

    PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

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  13. Your botanical gallery wall looks great. Thanks for passing along the tip to buy frames at Michaels. I never would have guessed that these were inexpensive frames.

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  14. Love it! Using art from a book is such a great, inexpensive resource!

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  15. STUNNING! This is exactly what I want to do with my future home! I have botanical prints/gallery walls pinned on my pinterest. Love love love your wall!

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  16. It is a stunning display. It caught my eye on the linky party and didn't disappoint. Great job.

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  17. I'm also follower #140 and would love for you to visit highpointcircle.blogspot and take a look too. Love your background on your blog.

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  18. This looks so great! It looks like something out of a magazine :)

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  19. Your wall is beautiful with all your framed botanicals. A nice updated change from the before.
    I'm your newest follower and invite you to stop by.
    Mary Alice

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  20. What a wonderful idea! You did a great job.

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  21. What a statement and such pretty colors! I love it. I saw a book at Barnes & Noble today of sea creatures and thought it would be perfect for displaying some of the pages.

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  22. This is beautiful! Such an impressive visual statement! I love botanical art too and my husband bought me some beautiful prints for Christmas that I need to get framed! I love what you did with all those pictures!

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  23. BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE your new look and the pretty botanical images :)

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  24. Love this! Makes me want to do it over my sofa!

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  25. Stunning and beautiful! Love your kitchen remodel too! I'm your newest follower and would love it if you could drop by Moose Mouse Creations and follow me too!

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  26. What a fantastic and easy idea. It looks beautiful. Great job.
    Ruth

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  27. I just bid and won some botanical prints on ebay and can't wait to get them. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with them, but thanks so much for the inspiration. I'm headed to Michael's w/my coupon in hand!! ;)

    I'm following your blog. Hope you follow mine as well.

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  28. Beautiful Botanical prints and I love how you displayed them!


    Blessings & Aloha!
    So nice to meet you! I'm popping over through Lisa's Before & After party. If you get a chance to stop by, I'd love to share with you the progress that our daughter is at with their nursery :o) Nursery time...

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  29. You've been featured on my blog! Stop by and check it out, don't forget to grab a featured button!
    ♥Linsey

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  30. I absolutely love this wall! I am headin to Amazon right now and buying this book. I have been searching everywhere for an entomology book that won't dent my wallet, and I think I have finally found it. Thank you so much for sharing, I just pinned your wLl, and I'm yournnewest follower!!!

    -Kristel

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  31. Looks great. I did this a few years ago with a gorgeous calendar purchased for $1 and the same frames from Michaels.

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  32. Hey, Jennifer! What a wonderful idea! I can't decide which I'm more impressed with...this project in general or how perfectly spaced and hung all 20 of these prints are! Truly! Love the way this turned out.

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  33. I LOVE it! It looks so polished and sophisticated! Thanks for sharing, your newest follower...Tabitha@ simplyhomecents.blogspot.com

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  34. I love botanical art, it looks great! I am inspired to do the same!
    www.craftingrebellion.com

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  35. I love botanical art, it looks great! I am inspired to do the same!
    www.craftingrebellion.com

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  36. Have to let you know I totally copied your wall art; picture for picture and used the exact same frames, I loved it so much. We have them hanging on a large wall in our living room-my family absolutely loves them. Thanks for the idea-sure hope you didn't copyright it!!!
    Kate
    The Jolly Dog House

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  37. Oh, Kate, I don't have your e-mail and can't contact you! Thank you so much! What a fantastic compliment. So glad you like your new arrangement. I'd love to see a picture sometime!

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  38. I found your beautiful and inspiring blog post when I was on a Google-image-searching spree! I can't remember the exact terms I used, but I had been searching for things like "botanic bug photos", "botanic insect decor" etc. As soon as I found yours, I pinned it to my "Bugs Botanic Kitchen" board and kept going back to it again and again.

    I thought your wall was so tastefully done and looked really classy, so I took a shot at doing one on a big blank wall in our dining area, too. I used some botanic illustrations by John Abbot that I found online. We hung it up last night and I'm so, so happy with it! I need to tidy up the area before I post a picture, but when I do, I'll post a link to it in these comments.

    Thanks for such a helpful post in how you created this! I love seeing appreciation for bugs (especially pollinators)! Your wall came out so beautifully.

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  39. I love this! I have just found your blog via the images of your porch on pinterest. I have been enjoying your blog so much. Your decor is fabulous! I love your before and afters too. If you don't already have a career in home decorating you really should consider one. I am one of your newest followers who is looking forward to seeing many more inspiring photos!

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  40. I hope it's not to late to ask a question. I just found your botanical wall and am IN LOVE! OK, here's the question. You said you mounted the pictures on white poster board (easy peasy), I feel like an idiot (or at least the obvious novice that I am!), but, how did you mount them? I suspect glue around the edges or in the corners would look amateurish. Mod podge ? (don't laugh). I want my wall to look just like yours, please help! :-)
    Laura
    PS here's another glaring example of how new I am to pinterest, blogs, etc. It's not obvious to me how I should include my email address for you. I hesitate to include it here for the world to see. Could you answer on your blog? I promise I'll be looking for it! Sheesh, I feel dumb.

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    1. Hi Laura! I've been in your same position. When I was first starting out just reading blogs I had no idea how everything worked! I still don't know that I do things the "right" way, so I believe for your e-mail to show up to me you have to register when you comment. That means you need to select another option rather than "anonymous". You can do that through signing up for a google account, or I have lots of friends that have a blogger account who don't write a blog, they just use that to keep track of all of the blogs they follow. A blogger account is super easy to set up and free. If you do that your e-mail will be attached with all of your comments. Other than that, most bloggers have a "contact me" section where you can e-mail them directly, and then they will be able to reply to you. Thanks for asking, it's so frustrating for someone to ask a question and then have no way to contact them back!

      On the mounting, I used photo mounting squares called "Photo Splits". They are small square that are sticky on both sides. I just stuck one in each corner and pressed the photo down on the poster board. Sticky enough and they are nice and flat and smooth. They come in a square box and are in a roll inside, there's like 1000 in a box. Any craft store and even Wal-Mart should have them, and they are usually with the scrapbooking supplies.

      I hope that all helps!

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    2. Wow! Yes it did! Thank you for being so generous with your time. I can't wait to get started. (I'm still anonymous but I'll follow your directions right now!)

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  41. I love both looks, I have gotten so many ideas from your blog today. Your look is so high end, but I love that it didn't cost a ton. Bravo!

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  42. How have I not found you before this? OMG, I love this!

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