Bringing the Outside In: How to Gild and Frame Botanicals
Join sister bloggers Heather Patterson and Vanessa Hunt from At the Picket Fence as they share their inspired tips for stylish ways to integrate garden elements into design, decor and entertaining.
Decorating your home doesn't have to be expensive when you turn to Mother Nature for assistance. We may not be "gilding the lily" around here, but we are showing you how to gild everyday botanical specimens from the yard and turn them into works of art.
Follow these easy steps to gild your own lilies!
Choosing Your Botanicals
Choose and clip a variety of botanical specimens. I recommend choosing more than you think you'll need, as a few may not work after they are dried. Lay botanicals face-down on paper towels on a hard surface, making sure all leaves are straight and placed appropriately: they will dry just as you position them. Top with another layer of paper towels and lay heavy books or magazines on top. Make sure to locate this in a place that can remain undisturbed for several days.
Tools You Will Need
Here's what you will need: Clippings from yard (choose sizes and textures that will look nice when gilded and framed) / Frames in sizes of choice (the ones shown are 16x24 poster frames) / Brass gilding liquid / Small angled brushes / Archival rubber cement / Spray adhesive / Colored mat board in size of choice / White mat board in size of choice (should be at least 2 inches smaller than colored mat board)
Arrange Botanicals on Mat Board
Using the white mat, arrange the specimens on each mat, keeping in mind how you want to arrange the final framed pieces. When you have the botanicals arranged in a pleasing way, use a small brush to lightly apply the rubber cement to the backs of the leaves and stem and press lightly onto the white mat board.