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How To Frame Your Favorite Prints and Save A Ton Of Money


I love botanical prints. I had a bunch of green botanical leaves that I purchased from Etsy. Using unfinished diploma frames that came with the glass and mat. I saved a ton of money doing it myself instead of custom framing. I used frames that were 11 by 14 with glass. I did not use the mats that came with it. It’s totally up to you. I love how natural the wood frames are. They are made from pine not plastic.

When picking out a frame find one that fits your art. My botanical prints are exactly 11 by 14, so the print will slide in perfectly. USA has a variety of sizes to choose from. The 11 by 14 unfinished was only $11. I have been looking for years for inexpensive frames that were all the same sized for many of my prints that are all the same size.

The frames I received come with mats. If you are planning to use mats, make sure they fit nicely around the art work. You don’t want them to covering the design. I opted for not using them because I wanted a simple look.

What You Need!

  • 6  Unfinished 11 x 14 frames w/glass
  • 6 Botanical prints
  • Paint (Decor art paint)(High Gloss Acabado Con Mucho Brillo)

What to do!

 If you purchase the frames from USA they come with the basic frame already assembled. Unwrap it and flip it over to remove the cardboard. Clean any fingerprints off your glass using glass cleaner. This is important because there are tiny particles that are hard to see, so take your time. I made the mistake of rushing my cleaning. I had to take the frame apart because there was this black dot on the print. If you are using un-finshed frames then follow the steps below.

  1.  Paint frames with the your choice of paint. I used DecoArt paint.
  2.  Add glass
  3.  Add botanical prints.
  4. Add the cardboard and secure the tabs to it. The frames are ready to hang.



Free Leaves Printables

Leaf 1

Leaf 2

Leaf 3


  1. They’re gorgeous! Everything is coming together beautifully! Can’t wait for the full reveal next week!

  2. This is looking really good! I can’t wait for the reveal ๐Ÿ™‚ Those giclees are perfection. Where did you get them?

  3. The artwork is so pretty! So excited for the final reveal next week!

  4. The prints are so pretty! And I love old BHG mags. I have a few old books from them. There’s so much goodness in them!

  5. Maria – your framed artwork is beautiful…can’t wait to check out your Etsy artist! We too are on separate vacations…but we feel confident that we can get our shed complete! Good Luck!

  6. The prints look amazing! Can’t wait to see the full reveal next week!

  7. I love what you did with these prints!! Your laundry room looks nicer than some of the main rooms in my house. Jealous!!

    1. Thanks, its nice to have a laundry room that I can kick up my feet and relax, need a TV now!

  8. Maria, I sure hope you are enjoying your mini-vacay…looks like a beautiful place. And your laundry room is looking so spiffy,I bet you are actually dying to get back to do your laundry?!
    In any event, can’t wait to see the final reveal.

    Hugs, Lynn

    1. This little getaway I am on, is the perfect to get me motivated for the holidays and the new year! Plus its great for the marriage too.

    1. Sherry, I am so happy they are such a big hit with all you bloggers! Makes me happy.

  9. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out! I had no idea you could you DecoArt paint for that! Good to know that it takes about 3 weeks, I might have to order some of those prints for Christmas presents!

    Annie Thompson

    1. Thanks, the decor paint that I have is good for wood! The prints are a great buy and you always get more than you order. She is generous.

    2. Thanks for stopping by! I tried to go to your blog twice and the link to the post won’t work for me, Weird! Any way you have such a colorful and stylish blog.

  10. I am loving these prints! They are simple but have great pop of color.

  11. I absolutely love your botanical prints and those shelves! Good luck with the last week.

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