Free Botanical Prints For Your Home Decor, Where To Print Them And Where To Find Affordable Frames
I love me some free stuff, I really do. I also love me some free home decor. I also love easy. I really do consider myself a lazy DIYer (not sure I should classify myself as a DIYer though as it’s been a while since I really DIYed something).
In case you haven’t figured it out, I have severe commitment issues…with my home decor. I never dare spend alot of money on anything unless I know it’ll be with me forever. And other than my kids and husband (sometimes) nothing is safe from being deemed to the basement storage closet.
Free printables are my jam because they are free (der-obviously) and easy (hollah) so I Love them (with a capital L). I love decorating with botanical prints. It’s one way I like to decorate and switch out my decor for each season. Throw some new free prints in a frame and I feel like the house is ready for whatever season we are in. Easy peasy lemon squeezy
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I did a whole post of how to “make” your own printables last winter when I added some Christmas prints to my walls.
Free Vintage Prints
And then few years ago, I added a large vintage floral print to my walls thinking it would convince Spring to arrive in February.
(It didn’t work but I loved my new free print)
I also did a whole giant round up post on where I love to find free (or extremely affordable) art
But this post is all about botanicals (free ones). Who knew one could write a whole post about botanical prints but here goes…
New York Public Library Digital Collections Free Botanical Prints
My absolutely favorite place to find free botanicals is the New York Public Library Digital Collection. It’s amazing, actually. There are millions of downloads. It can be overwhelming, Go in with an idea of what you want. My first ever download from there was my peony print. I knew exactly what I was looking for and I searched “peony” and that right there saved my eyeballs from drying out and/or running away from my face.
Just a warning, if you just type “botanical” in the search bar….your eyeballs will definitely want to run away from your face. Mine almost did the other day. All of my most recent prints came from here and I was searching for a while until I zoned in on what I wanted.
One trick if you are looking for a gallery wall and want similar styles and colors is to find a print you love and then scroll down a bit. You will likely see a spot that says “view collection” or “view the whole book”. Most of the prints in the collection will be similar.
These are downloads of pages in old books so be extra careful with the background of your image. Some have more of a vintage cream colored background and others are more white. If you want a cohesive look to your gallery wall just be mindful of that.
I had two separate areas where I wanted a few new prints. I randomly found these black and white botanicals and knew I wanted them in my front
If you are interested I linked the pictures below
In my dining room I tried to think outside the box and go a little crazy…and by crazy, I mean I used different frames and completely different prints. I know, I live on the wild side.
I was originally looking for more fall-ish botanicals and while I found them, I was digging these pictures of magnolia flowers more for some reason.
(This print is so far my favorite I have ever downloaded. I will use this print in all shapes and sizes around my house)
Here are the fall ones I was eyeing just in case you want to print them out as well. We’ll talk more about printing later on.
Magnolia (Joanna Gaines) Free Botanical Prints
A few years ago, I stumbled upon these free botanical printables from Joanna Gaines’ blog. I printed them out on my printer and threw them in cheap frames from Walmart. It was the easiest and least expensive project I have ever worked on.
I also found this DIY project from Magnolia where you can find and download all kinds for printables from them. You seriously cannot find anything easier than that.
Another place I like to look for free botanical prints and from other bloggers. Yep, that’s right, I am a traitor. Kidding. Bloggers do all of the hard work so you don’t have to. We’re the ones with our eyeballs running away from our face looking for the perfect prints to share.
Bless’er House’s Free Botanical Prints
One of my favorite bloggers who I have been following for what seems like forever always compiles the best prints for every season. You can search her site for each season but here is a recent post about her fall botanical prints
On Sutton Place Free Botanical Prints
Ann also has a ton of free botanicals prints for you on her site and they are all so pretty.
Just Google It
For real, if there is something you want just google it. Once you find it, right click and save as (only do this if it’s allowed-don’t go doing anything illegal) and then print it out. Which leads me to my next topic.
Where And How To Print Your Free Botanical Prints
If you want to print a large print
(Like I did with my black and white botanical prints)
I always print my large prints out at Staples. I’m talking anything bigger than 11×14.
I am sure other print shops offer similar services but there is a Staples right by me so that it what I use.
For my purposes and my home decor commitment issues, I am completely happy with using Engineering Prints at Staples. With that said, they will be printed on paper. It is nothing fancy but, depending on your size, will only cost anywhere from $3-$10 to print. And if you found a free print online, this is such an affordable way to get large art on your walls.
Head over to Staples.
Scroll down and click “Design Now”. In the next screen choose which blueprints you want (color or black and white). I normally choose color since most of my prints have color in them.
The next screen is where you can add your print that you downloaded and saved to your computer. On the left hand side of that screen is a menu. It’s pretty self explanatory. You can upload your print, pick your size, change orientation etc. Play around with it until you have your print how you like it.
Once you are done, add it to your cart and I always choose the pick up at store option. The prints are usually done the next day, if not sooner.
For smaller prints:
Anywhere will do. For my prints of Magnolia flowers, I ordered online at Walgreens and selected the Matte option. I did not want them super glossy. The matte option can only be done online and your prints will be shipped to you. But seriously, you can print these out wherever you get your pictures printed.
I have a slight obsession with IKEA frames. You cannot beat the quality or the price. They are hands down my favorite frames. If you do not have an IKEA near you, you can shop online at IKEA. You will have to pay a shipping fee but most likely for frames, it’s a flat $9.99 for shipping. It’s totally worth it in my opinion.
I do love the frames at Target. They are slightly more money than IKEA but most likely you have a Target near you. These are my favorite frames from Target. I used them in my hallway when I gave my hallway a little update.
I also love the frames at Michaels and when I need a really big frame, I always look at Michaels first. I really love their Belmont frames. Always wait for a sale as they normally go on sale quite often.
If you want to spend a little money, you can find so many botanical prints online. Some will get mailed to you, some you can just download. Click on any image to shop
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