I have long admired botanical posters like these:
What I did not admire about them was the price that you must pay! Last weekend when I was looking around at a store named, “Gracious Interiors,” in Waxhaw, N.C. I saw some beautiful wrapping papers that reminded me of the botanical posters that I love. I came home without any, but in the middle of the night….and I do mean the middle of the night, it struck me! Why couldn’t I make botanical charts out of the 27″ x 20 1/2″ gift wrap?
The next day, I drove back to Waxhaw. Don’t you just love the name! I bought these papers from this wonderful shop…Gracious Interiors:
Although they are intended to be wrapping paper, each one is a little gem in its own right. I stopped at a big box store on the way home and bought dowel rods, twine, and wood stain. I could have used the dowel rods in their natural state, but I thought that I would like the finished charts better if they had dark dowel rods.
First I cut a 48″ wooden dowel rod in half. Then, I wiped some dark walnut stain onto what were now two rods after lightly sanding the ends. The most difficult part was waiting for the stain to dry. I really don’t have a great deal of patience. The weight from the bottom dowel pulled the wrinkle out of the middle of the paper. It had been hanging over a rack in the store and paper has memory.
I attached the paper to the dowel with an ordinary stapler and tied a piece of twine to each of the ends at the top. I wanted the finished product to look a little rustic….like it just came of the wall in Mr. Scott’s biology class. I didn’t have the courage to distress the paper by flicking paint at it or spilling tea to make a stain. Then, they would look old. This first one is hanging on an oak armoire in my family room.
This was a really fun way to spend just a little time and for under $6.00 per poster. Create and be happy!