DIY botanical wall art

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We made DIY botanical wall art using layered photos of leaves and flowers printed on three separate transparencies, layered between four sheets of acrylic, and framed on the top and bottom with wood and brass hardware.

In total it cost under $40 but you could do it for less if you used a less expensive wood or fewer layers of acrylic. It’s a pretty flexible project in terms of materials (lots of ways to customize it! Different hardware colors, different types of wood, different sizes) but below is what we used

Tools & materials:

Step 1: Design Botanical

We used stock images of leaves and flowers with white backgrounds and opened them up in Photoshop, arranging them on different layers (with the layer mode set to Multiply so the white backgrounds essentially became transparent).

You could also grab leaves and petals from your yard and use those, take your own photos of them against a white background, or use free printables you find online.

DIY easy botanical wall art

We took our botanical graphic and split it into three different layers so that we could print it on three different sheets of transparency (most printing places will do this for you cheaply). We loosely cut around each of our transparencies with an exacto knife so that the edges of the three didn’t line up perfectly/obviously.

Step 2: Cut Acrylic to Size (optional)

This step is optional, because you might find acrylic sheets in the size you want. For us, it was half the price to buy a larger size and cut them in half with an acrylic cutting blade. To do this, we clamped our acrylic and a straight edge to our work surface and scored along the middle of the acrylic to make sure it was perfectly in half. Note that the blade has some thickness to it, so make sure to account for that when lining up your straight edge.

DIY easy botanical wall art

DIY easy botanical wall art

Run the blade over the acrylic til you have a solid groove. Then clamp the acrylic to the edge of your work table so that the groove is just over the edge, and press down on the overhanging piece of acrylic to snap it.

DIY easy botanical wall art

Step 3: Cut Wood to Size

We used a thin piece of walnut we found in the scrap bin of our local hardwood store, but any wood will work as long as it’s wide enough to make four pieces to go across the top and bottom of your acrylic sheets (two on the front, two on the back). It should also be relatively thin so that it doesn’t stick out too far from the wall.

DIY easy botanical wall art

We cut ours down to size on our miter saw so that it was the exact width as our acrylic, but you could also use a circular sawjig saw, or even a hand saw since the wood is pretty thin.

DIY easy botanical wall art

Step 4: Drill & Add Hardware

Stack your acrylic sheets and wood, and clamp them together. Then drill through all the layers at the same time to ensure they all line up correctly.

DIY easy botanical wall art DIY easy botanical wall art

If desired, then use a countersink bit so that your screws sit flush with the back of the wood.

DIY easy botanical wall art

 

Then add your hanging hardware to the back. We added both d-rings (for wire, rope, twine, or leather hanging) and a sawtooth hanger (for nails) because we weren’t sure at the time which we wanted to use.

DIY easy botanical wall art

Once you’re done with this step, it’s also a good time to go ahead and finish your wood with wood oil or whatever finish you prefer.

Step 5: Assemble

Flip everything over so that the side of the wood that is counter sunk is facing down, and place your bolts through it (so that they’re point up). Then begin assembling your layers, making sure to keep them in the correct order and orientation.

DIY easy botanical wall art

It goes:

  1. Two back pieces of wood with bolts through them
  2. Back piece of acrylic
  3. Back transparency
  4. Another piece of acrylic
  5. Middle transparency
  6. Another piece of acrylic
  7. Front transparency
  8. Top piece of acrylic
  9. Top two pieces of wood
  10. Thumb screws to secure everything

DIY easy botanical wall art

Make sure you get any little sawdust or dust that gets in between the layers of acrylic as you go, you don’t want to have to disassemble to get them later!

Step 6: DONE!!

Now you’re all done! Hang in on your wall using a nail, some wire, a decorative rope, or whatever you think looks best and marvel at your glorious botanical.

DIY easy botanical wall art DIY easy botanical wall art

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