DIY Giant Botanical Framed Prints (For $50!)

By January 4, 2018Craft & Create

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I have learned over the years that scale is everything when it comes to well, everything, but especially for wall art. Big walls call for big art, with no excuses. I’m always on the hunt for things to fill my walls, but budget often keeps me from achieving my big-scale dreams. That’s why I pull out all the tricks to fill my walls with great stuff—all done in a very inexpensive way. We did something similar with the prints of the boys in our entryway. Same process!

Ready for the step-by-step? I swear this will be the easiest thing you’ve ever done in your life.

1.) Download your art files. I’ve got them ready and sized perfectly for you! Just click the link and “Save Image As” to your Desktop. They should save at their original size (which is huge—perfect for the large scale printing we will be doing).

Botanical 1

Botanical 2

2.) Now to save the day! You will need the 24″ x 36″ Engineering Prints, located here.  Once on the page, click “Get Started” to begin processing your images for printing.

DIY Giant Botanical Art

3.) Upload both of the files you downloaded off the botanical art links above.

DIY Giant Botanical Art

4.) Once uploaded, you will need to adjust your settings in the left-hand column. First, let’s adjust the orientation from Landscape to Portrait. 

DIY Giant Botanical Art

5.) Now, let’s adjust the size, which is listed under “Media” in the left hand column. It will default to the smallest size. We need to change it to the middle 24″ x 36″ size. The images you downloaded have already been sized (thank you Aaron!) perfectly for that size print.

6.) Add to cart, then purchase! It will typically take 24 hours for your prints to be ready, but every Staples location is different. You will pay around $4 (!!!) for each print.

7.) Time to frame! I like the black RIBBA frames from IKEA in the largest size. 24″ x 35 3/4″ for $19.99, article number 903.016.21. Your print should fit perfectly inside. Some trimming may be needed, but it should be pretty close!

DIY Giant Botanical Art

DIY Giant Botanical Art

Now step back and enjoy your handiwork!

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Also, just a little note to say thank you so much for all of the kind words you left on my Biggie post (do you see him above?). It’s been so comforting to read and I’ve gone back a few times to re-read your comments. It’s been hard, but life and our boys has been keeping us busy and distracted. A big comfort has been finding little ways to honor him as time moves on. 

Join the discussion 10 Comments

  • Kim says:

    This looks awesome! I don’t really have big walls in my house – but there is one wall in the basement that this would be great to try. I also just realized how large that cow print is when comparing it to the large botanical prints.

  • Bethany says:

    I’ve tried engineer prints before, but with pictures. I love the look of a simple black print with lots of white space. Question – did you leave the mats out of your frames?

  • Erin Frost says:

    Your fiddle leaf ficus is getting too much direct light and is pot bound. That’s why its leaves are yellowing. Its pulling nutrients out of the lower leaves (leaving them yellow) to make new leaves that can handle the strong light. It may also have a “rust” from the greenhouse you bought it at. You can use a systemic 3-in-one powder with insecticide, herbicide, and fungicide. You add it to the soil and water in, move the plant up to another size pot and use new organic soil with lots of compost. The powder is absorbed by the plant so the leaves heal and taste terrible to any insects. It’s child safe and the plant will start to recover in a few weeks. Once it puts out new leaves remove the blemished leaves. Move the plant away from that window if it is getting more than 2 hrs of direct sun. They don’t like strong, hot direct sun and really thrive in bright light that is not strong like a North or East facing window. Just a few thoughts from a reader and horticulturist. Good luck.

    • Emily May says:

      Oh my gosh Erin! Thank you thank you thank you. I have just started googling this… I noticed it over the holidays that the leaves were starting to yellow! I’ve had this plant for years and this is the first time this has happened. I don’t want to lose it… it’s taken a lot of maintenance to get it to where we are now. I can’t thank you enough for your comment. I’m on it!

      • Erin Frost says:

        No problem, it looks like a plant you really love. I hope my suggestions are helpful. Looking forward to lots of beautiful room photos with a fully recovered Ficus.

        • Emily May says:

          We were able to repot him last week with some organic soil. He already looks way better! I’ll share photos soon.

  • Bee says:

    I am so clueless when it comes to photoshop, but I LOVE these big prints and would love to do some of my own boys. How do I resize the photo to print it so large without losing a tremendous amount of photo quality?

    • Emily May says:

      Hi there! When you take your photos you will need to take them in the RAW or if not RAW, at a high resolution. Your camera will have settings to help you with this.

  • Emma Elizabeth says:

    These prints are too perfect! Thanks so much for sharing them. Maybe you and Aaron should do some collabs in his shop!?

    Biggie had such a huge impact on your life that it will take quite some time to heal from your loss. I am glad your readers could be of some comfort! He truly was special.

    • Emily May says:

      Haha! I always ask Aaron to do collabs with me but I don’t think our target audience is the same. Not sure how skateboarders feel about shiplap. 🙂

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