What better way to celebrate spring than with a free printable DIY of a few of our favorite flowers? And the best news of all—this requires no prior skills. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be hanging yours in no time.
These printables were hand-drawn custom for us by Annie Mertlich, owner of Wildfield Paper Co. If they look familiar, you probably saw them in the spring issue of The Magnolia Journal! Annie is such a talented artist, and we were so excited to host her at our Spring at the Silos event this year. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us, Annie.
Before we get started, here’s what you’ll need:
- A dowel rod
- A hand saw
- Your stain of choice
- A small paint brush
- A staple gun and staples
These items can all be found at your local craft or hardware store.
Step 1 | Head here to download the illustrations. Decide if you want to do all six or just one. We had ours printed at a local print shop on a canvas material, but you could also print it at home on regular printer paper. We chose an 8×10 sized illustration with a half inch bleed around the border.
Step 2 | If you printed at home, cut around the border of the print. We recommend leaving an extra half an inch of space around the top and bottom of the illustration. This is so you’ll have some dead space to staple to the dowel rod later. If you had yours printed professionally, it should already be cut to size.
Step 3 | Use a pencil to lightly mark where you would like to cut the dowel rod. We chose to cut ours at 11.8 inches. Yours will be different if you chose a different size print!
Step 4 | Use the hand saw to cut the dowel rod at the mark.
Step 5 | Take your small can of stain and paint brush. Apply the stain to your dowel rods and set them aside to dry for 15 minutes. For a darker look, apply multiple coats until you’re happy with the color. After the stain has dried, gently rub off any excess with a paper towel.
Step 6 |Next, align the dowel rods on the top and bottom edges of the print. Carefully turn over the print making sure the alignment did not shift, and use the staple gun to secure the backside of the print to the dowel rod. 2-3 staples should do the trick.
Step 7 | Repeat the same process for the bottom of your print.
Step 8 | Next, cut about 1 foot of twine and staple each end to the backside of the canvas.
Step 9 | You’re finished! Now for the fun part. Find a place where you can display this pretty piece in your home.
The best part about this craft is that you can do it with any print! If this one doesn’t match your home, find one that does!
Thanks for celebrating spring with us! Comment below and let us know if you’re going to try this out. And don’t forget to post the finished product on Instagram and tag @magnolia! We can’t wait to see how it looks in your space.