I really love orchids and botanical prints. While taking a botany class many years back, I purchased a book by Jack Kramer titled A Passion for Orchids: The Most Beautiful Orchid Portraits and Their Artists.
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This book was gathering dust on my bookshelf, but I couldn’t part with it because I loved all the beautiful pictures. I decided that I would use the pictures to create some hanging wall art for my home. I picked up three frames at T.J. Maxx for $7.99 a piece. I carefully cut out the pictures I wanted to save from the book using a craft knife. (I saved many of the pictures in a file folder in case I decide to use them later.) I was able to create pictures for my wall for about $25 and 15 minutes of my time. Here’s how I did it:
- Book with pictures you really enjoy
- Craft knife
- Frames (with mats)
Step one: Pick out your favorite pictures.
Using your craft knife, carefully cut the pages out that you would like to use for this project.
Step two: Prep your frames.
Using your favorite window cleaner or substitute, clean the picture frames and the glass insert. The last thing you want is that sticker goo gathering dust on your beautiful new wall art. A word of caution regarding the frames: The chipboard on the back of the frames that I purchased was a little fragile. I used one of the hanging tabs to pull when removing the back and it came out completely. You may want to reinforce these or use a picture hanging kit before hanging on the wall.
Step three: Attach pages to mat.
The frames I chose came with a mat. This made it easy to complete this project in minutes. No fussing with cutting or measuring, I simply used adhesive glue dots to attach the four corners of the page to the opposite side of the mat. Before pressing down on the adhesive, make sure your picture is oriented correctly in the front of the mat. You do not want to tear your mat or your book page trying to line it up correctly a second time.
Step three: Place back on frame and hang.
It really is that simple. I initially thought I would hang these pictures over my mantle, but the size and scale of the prints didn’t work for me. However, I was not disheartened, as the colors will go with nearly every room in my house. I just have to decide where I would like them to go. (Unlike me, you may want to consider this prior to creating your wall art.) Even if the pictures are not perfect for my mantle, I am very pleased with the results. I might just hang these in my home office instead!