It’s #MonthlyDIYChallenge day! This month our challenge item was fabric. We decided to use burlap to help create this DIY botanical wall art.
If you’re not familiar with our monthly challenges, each month we get together with some of our very best blogging friends and each create a project using the same challenge item. Some of our past challenges include dollar store items, faux pumpkins, and stuff we found in the trash.
I don’t have a before picture of the frames for you because I originally painted them for our booth. They didn’t sell right away and I decided I wanted to keep them. You’re not missing much though..they were gold and I paid $8 for the pair.
I cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside the frame and wrapped it with burlap. I used duct tape to hold it in place on the back. Not pretty but it’s functional.
I found the botanical prints at the New York Public Library Digital Collections. Have you ever visited this website? It’s SO cool! Over 800 thousand free images for you to print and use. There’s so many options for creating unique decor. And did I mention it’s free?
The original botanical images were in color. They were gorgeous as is but I wanted them to look more like a sepia-tone print. I used picmonkey.com to change the color, and if you’ve never heard of it, it’s another cool website you’ll want to bookmark. It’s a free website you can use to edit photos and create collages.
To change the look of my images, I just uploaded them into pickmonkey, Hit the “effects” button and chose “daguerreotype, then chose “shiro”. It instantly changed the images from color to the tan you see in the pictures.
To print the images I had to copy and paste them onto a word document then print.
I used mod podge to adhere the prints to the burlap. In all honesty, I’m not completely sure I’m finished with them. I’m thinking about using thin pieces of wood trim to create frames around each print to finish them off a little more nicely. I like them but it still feels like they need a little something to me. What’s your honest opinion? Do you think they’re missing something?
Don’t forget to check out what my friends did with their fabric! They’re all super talented and you won’t want to miss their projects. Just click on the pictures below to see their posts.
One more thing before you go.. The same friends we do the monthly DIY challenge with have a group Pinterest board where we pin and share all our projects. We’ve decided to open the board up to other bloggers. If you’re a blogger and would like to join the board, you can find more info here. We’d really love to have you!
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