Free Botanical Art [Ready to Print]

Hey! Today I want to show you guys my favorite source for free botanical art prints!  I am a huge fan of the neat, straight-lined gallery walls of framed botanicals and ferns.  They give a room that pop of green. 

These prints also have a vintage appeal to them.   

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If you buy the right frame, they can look like an expensive, collected piece of art.  I handpicked a bunch of these beautiful art prints to give you some ideas, but I’ll walk you through how I navigate the website so you can pick your favorites. 

WARNING:  You can get lost for hours perusing this amazing source of free prints!

Free Botanical Art - Find out how

Wouldn’t these look great above a couch? 

Or in a dining room as a large focal wall?  You can get some great inspiration here for these grid type gallery walls.

Both images via Ballard Designs. 

Ballard Designs Botanical Art Prints
Ballard Designs Botanical Art Prints

How to get your Free Botanical Art

  1. I go to The New York Public Library Digital Collections website.
  2. On the homepage, I click on Browse, then Items. 
  3. You should now see a menu on the left-hand side.  I check the box that says “Show only Public Domain.”
  4. Then I click on Topic.  A list of topics come up.  Click on the More button.
  5. I usually pick from the Flowers, Botany, Birds and Plants topics.
  6. When I find a picture I like, I click on it for a better view.
  7. If you like it, then you can choose what resolution you want to download. Done!

**You can also search by keyword, for instance – type in “ferns” in the search box.  I always make sure the “Show only Public Domain” box is checked.

I’ll do a post on the printing/framing process soon too.

I like to get my frames from Target and Michael’s.  Michael’s usually has sales and there is always a coupon floating around somewhere!  Sometimes you can score a good, inexpensive frame from HomeGoods.  If you don’t like the print that it comes with, you can sometimes swap it out and still keep the frame.

This is really just a small sampling.  I could have filled up an entire website with the amazing collection of materials they have.

To access the collection of fern prints in the featured image and many more, go here.  To grab this collection of flowers (below), go here and here and here.

Hint:  Type “alliums” into the search box.  Aren’t they pretty?  I just love how delicate these prints are!

Light Floral Art - Ready to Print

I hope you guys find some good ones!  I know you will.  Be sure to check out this post if you need some large wall art ideas.

xo Karen