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When I went away to college a few years ago, I spent months (yes, months) researching and planning out my perfect dorm room. From the monogrammed bedding to the gold polka-dot wall decal stickers, I made sure my dorm room was preppy and nothing less than perfect. With that being said, being a lover of Lilly Pulitzer, I knew I wanted to add in a pop of color to brighten up my side of the room. To do that, I brainstormed ideas and came up with the perfect (and low cost) DIY project —
diy framed Lilly Pulitzer prints!
And let me tell you, this project is low cost, super easy, and really cute. It honestly takes a few minutes to complete and once finished, you have yourself a quality and cute framed picture. So, here is what you will need to complete this project:
- access to a computer
- access to a color printer (and color ink)
- ruler (if need be)
- command strips (if you want to hang them without making any holes)
- thumbtacks (another simple hanging option)
- pre-cut picture mattes (if you already have unmatted frames)
- picture frames (matted or not, though mine are matted) | below are some frames similar to mine:
grab your computer, laptop, or tablet and go to your preferred search engine. There, type in “Lilly Pulitzer prints” or “Lilly Pulitzer prints [color]” if you have a specific color scheme you’re going for. Then, click “Images.” When I initially did this project for my dorm room, I picked out blues, pinks, and anything really bright and fun. This time around, I replaced the original prints with pink!
search engine > “Lilly Pulitzer prints” or “Lilly Pulitzer prints [color]” > “images” > image search results
next, look around at the search results’ options and choose however many prints you want! Keep in mind that the image, or images, needs to be large enough to fit and fill a picture frame, specifically 4×6 if you’re doing exactly what I did. That said, try and avoid pictures that are really small, as enlarging them will make them grainy and of poorer quality. In fact, go for squares and rectangles that have a bigger display image, because this means the original image will be able to be nicely cropped while keeping its proportion and quality intact
find image/images you like > click image > right click > “save image to downloads”
once you have the number of prints that you like saved to your computer, simply open up a blank document, like Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or, in my case, Pages (came with my Macbook Pro). There, go to the top, hover over the “Insert” tab, and click on the option that allows you to add saved photos to the document. I suggest doing this one by one, because it’s easier to see which images need to be cropped or enlarged.
- Microsoft Word | here
- Microsoft Word Online (free program) | here
- Google Docs | here
- Pages (for Apple products) | here
open up your preferred word processor > hover over “insert” tab > insert pictures > crop them
once your images are cropped and/or enlarged to your liking, go ahead and print the document in color. Please be aware that since Lilly Pulitzer prints are all very colorful and detailed, you will be using a lot of ink. However, I definitely think it’s worth it, but I just wanted to give you a little heads up! 😊 Oh, and you will not need any specific paper either, so regular printing paper is just fine; cardstock is not needed.
file > select “print” > select “print in color” > print the document
now that all of your prints are cropped and/or enlarged and now printed out, go ahead and grab your frame (or frames if you’re doing more than one) and take the backing out, but keep the glass (and removable matting, if that’s the type of frame it is). Then, taking your UN-cut print #1, take a look and make sure that the print is large enough to fit into the frame. If it is, great!
this step is why I told you earlier that you do not need to print on cardstock paper and that regular printing paper is just fine. That is because what I did was get the print centered and positioned into the matted frame and then I folded all of the excess paper going inwards. The reason I didn’t just go ahead and cut the paper, which you can if you want to, is because I didn’t want to risk the paper getting air bubbles or looking flimsy, if that makes sense? Hopefully it does. 😬 Here is a picture of what I did and suggest you do, too —
also, please ignore the corners of my picture frame! Most (if not all?) colleges + universities do not allow students to make any holes in the wall, so my mom and I had bought this putty stuff and when that stopped working, we used Command Strips and unfortunately, though they worked very well, when I took them off, some of the paint came off with it. Oh well, whatcha gonna do, right? 🤷🏾♀️💁🏾
apply the frame’s backing and you are finished! Super easy and adorable, right? I told you 😉 And if you are wanting to hang them and don’t want to make massive holes in your wall, use Command Strips or thumbtacks to stick your new framed art on your wall. I am currently in the process of hanging some of them, but I do have one on my desk and I seriously love it!
Let me know in the comment section below if you completed this super simple DIY! I would also love to see yours, as well, so shoot me an email with pics.
Thanks for reading, lovelies! And as always, love to you all 💕