A sucker for the botanical prints, especially, I've had my eye on this particular one for a while now, and though I adore it, at $270, it is out of my price range. I do have this mass-produced one from Ikea, but unfortunately its the only budget friendly option I've found.
Dramatic lead-in aside, you will need:Vintage botanical images
Right now if you're thinking "Gee thanks, where the fuck am I going to find some vintage botanical images just lying around?", ye of little faith, I got you. Botanicus is a never ending resource of gorgeous, open-source downloadable images, though requires a little hunting for the perfect images. If you're not feeling like hunting, Poppy Talk just featured a few downloadable botanical prints as well, which is what I will be using today.
First, glue the dowel rods to the top and bottom of your image. It helps if you print your image on a heavier paper, and leave margins so that you don't cover the illustrations. I used a hot glue gun, because its what I had on hand, but super glue works too.
Once that is dry, flip it over and attach your string. About a foot of string was perfect, but laying out first to mock it up will give you the perfect length. You can attach this with glue, or a stapler, or both if you're controlling like that.
Botanical prints - free
Dowels- $.99 for four (look in the birdhouse/wooden letter section of Joanns!)
String - Already had
Glue - Already had
I love that they make the little corner of my office a bit prettier for when I'm working. They may be tiny versions of the old-school charts, but for $1, these miniatures will hold me over until I can afford the real deal.