Are you guys enjoying the gorgeous spring weather in your neck of the woods? My kids are loving the warmer temps and have been playing outside from the minute they get home from school until I finally make them come in for the night.
I wanted to share a super simple and inexpensive project with you today. I made this trio of botanical print wall hangings in less than an hour for our April Monthly DIY Challenge. Our challenge item this month is dowel rods, and they’re the perfect thing for creating easy wall hangings.
Supplies used: (some affiliate links are provided for convenience)
- dowel rods (I used this 1/2″ diameter rod)
- botanical prints (I this one, this one, and this one – all free downloads from NYPL!)
- screw eyes (I used these)
- optional: paint or stain for dowels (I used Velvet Finishes Enhance dark glaze)
- hot glue gun, or some way to attach paper to dowels. A stapler would work too.
- Other random stuff: scissors, printer, and something to cut your dowels to size
I used my home printer to make 8.5 x 11 prints, but I think this project would be really cool with larger prints you could have made somewhere like Staples. I printed mine on a cream colored cardstock. You can see in the photo above there was an unfinished edge all the way around the print. I trimmed the sides but left the top and bottom alone because it would be covered by the dowel rod.
Once your print is trimmed, lay your dowel rod on top of the print and use a pencil to mark how long the dowel will need to be cut. I used a miter saw to cut my dowels, but they’re thin enough that you could get by with a small hand saw if needed.
When your dowels are cut, sand the cut ends if needed, then stain or paint the wood if desired. I used Velvet Finishes Enhance dark glaze that I already had on hand, but any stain or paint will do.
Once the stain is dry, attach the screw eyes. These were super easy to screw into the dowels by hand. I screwed them in by hand about half way, then held onto the end of the screw with a pair of pliers to finish screwing them in.
I used a hot glue gun on the low setting to run a line of glue across the top and bottom edge of the print and attach the dowels.
The last step is to tie twine to the screw eyes for hanging. I thought about adding a thin layer of Mod Podge over top of the prints just to give them a glossy look, and I still may do that. But for now this is how they look.
The rest of the Monthly DIY Challenge girls came up with their own unique projects using dowel rods. You can see their projects below. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
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