Free Fern Printables

Do you remember when I posted about this budget DIY sconce light update…

Industrial Cage Sconce Light Makeover with Rust Effect Paint | The Painted Hive

…which I mentioned was part of a refresh of the sitting room (conjoined ‘retreat’ off the master bedroom) over at my parent’s house?


Well, that’s okay. I don’t blame you. That was over two years ago now and that little room re-do is still far from minty fresh. Well, I mean, it’s okay, just not blog-worthy or anything (yet).

Anyhoo, whilst that particular space still languishes, we did recently make some serious progress in the adjoining master bedroom! One of the changes being a fresh set of prints for above the bed.

Mum is going for a soothing palette of predominant neutrals accented with deep blues and fresh greens so I couldn’t help but suggest my ‘go-to’ of antique fern illustrations – to me, they are just so amiable!

Although we only hung six prints above the bed (I’ll be sure to share pics soon!), I am offering a collection of nine botanical images. These illustrations are originally from Botanicus (more specifically, from this reference book: The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland by Thomas Moore). I have optimised each image for print, including having completely recreated the text elements for crispness, and re-sized them to fit standard 11″ x 14″ frames. Of course you could always shrink them to fit smaller frames if desired, or matte them and use even larger frames.

Free Fern Printables | The Painted Hive

I chose to retain all the imperfections (aka perfections!) visible on the scanned pages; watermarks, age spots, discolouration – I think they add interest, charm and a sense of authenticity.

These prints would make a beautiful statement in so many different configurations…a grid above a sofa, a horizontal line in a hallway, a haphazard cluster in a corner, a pair of vertical rows flanking a hutch or window.

Download this collection of nine high resolution 11″ x 14″ botanicals below.

Free Botanical Printables PDF

Here’s an example of one larger image to give you a better idea of what they really look like…

Collection of Nine Free Fern Printables | The Painted Hive

If you’d like a larger preview of all images in the collection prior to download, simply click here.

If you have a good quality large format printer you could always print theses at home though I recommend having them professionally printed for best results. I used the Officeworks online ‘Document Printing’ service (only $2.08 per print – so much cheaper than the comparable photo prints which cost almost $14 each!) and was super pleased with the quality.

Note: Ensure image proportions are retained during printing. If printing at home be certain that “fit to frame” (or equivalent) is not checked and all other printer options are correctly set. If printing professionally, make sure auto re-scaling isn’t applied. To remove any doubt regarding out-put size, I recommend first placing each image onto a digital ‘canvas’ sized to match your chosen printer paper. For example, I printed my images onto A3 sized paper so I first created an A3 sized document (in Photoshop, though you could use GIMP) then copy and pasted each image into it before saving them individually. Need more info or advice? Feel free to ask – I’m happy to try and help :-)

Anyhoo, enjoy!

Oh, and BTW…although it’s not totally spectacular or anything (it’s more one of those “power or accessorising” kinda makeovers) I hope to share some before and after pics of my parent’s refreshed bedroom soon, so keep an eye out!

You can now check out my parent’s room makeover, complete with six of these free fern printables, here.
Just a little glimpse…

Bedroom Before and After (Simple Makeover) | The Painted Hive



Free for personal, non-commercial use only.
Consent to edit and share these images was expressly granted by Botanicus – thank you!

  1. Roseline says:

    Oh yay, than you SO MUCH for these beautifully appointed printables.

  2. penny r says:

    This is so sweet of you. Thanks. I am looking forward to that bedroom reveal now!

    • Thanks Penny. Like I said, it’s a simple makeover though they are usually the most relatable so hopefully it helps encourage.

  3. Sarah says:

    Oh those printables are so perfect! Can’t wait to see them in your space.

  4. emily says:

    these are so gorgeous and just perfect for this time of year! thank you so much!

  5. Carol says:

    Hi there Christine it was lovely to get your post. It lets me know your having decorating time. It’s heaven isn’t it. Oh it also means your on top of all things to do with family, well done. I too have had some successes but mostly family on top of me. Can’t wait to see the new room.

    • He, he. “Family on top of me” is a pretty apt description Carol (though really, we wouldn’t change it, would we?). I am looking forward to taking some before and after photos of an actual room again though – it’s been a while, even if it’s not one in my house.

  6. Angela says:

    Thankyou so much for sharing these glorious images -they are absolutely what I was looking for. :)

  7. diana miller says:

    Thanks for the Botanical Prints. Love them…And for the tutorial on how to use images.

  8. Beautiful interior designing and interior furnishing!

  9. Julie Welsh says:

    Thank you so much for these. I’m thinking they would look great above my bed too! Can you tell me where you got your frames from? Did you spend a lot on them? Thanks

    • Hi Julie
      The frames were only $5 each. I’m not sure which country you’re in though the frames we used in my parent’s bedroom makeover were from The Reject Shop (an Australian store). Similar frames can be found in lots of dollar and discount stores.

      • Julie Welsh says:

        Thanks Kristine. I’m in Melbourne so that’s perfect.

        • Oh, I should have realised from your email address. My hubby is a teacher :-)

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  10. Cheryl says:

    Hi Kristine,
    The pictures of these prints in your living room, are they A3 size and are these frames from the reject shop? Don’t want to use frames that are too thick, so any recommendations you have would be much appreciated.
    Many thanks,

    • Hi Cheryl
      The free fern printables I used in my living room are different to these ones (you can find them on my Free Printables page).
      The ones in my living room are in 11″ x 8.5″ certificate frames which I found at a two-dollar shop. These ones (which I used above my parent’s bed) are in 14″ x 11″ photo frames which are from The Reject Shop.
      Hope this helps.

    • Oh, you can see these ones in my parent’s refreshed bedroom here:
      I should (and will) update this post to include a link and pic of them framed and hung.

  11. Cheryl says:

    That is really helpful Kristine, thanks so much. (you are so generous with all your tips and ideas). Much appreciated.

  12. Claire says:

    Hi Kristine,
    Just a note to say Thank You for the lovely free printables :)

    • You’re welcome Claire. Thanks for the little note and I’m glad you like them :)

  13. teresa says:

    hi, I just tried to download prints to office depot and it said file not supported. Am I doing something wrong? Looking forward to putting them in my house. Thanks so much for your help.

    • Hmmm, I’m guessing you must be doing something wrong Teresa because these are PDF files which are definitely supported. Have you extracted each individual file from the zipped folder?

    • Teresa, I just tried and it worked with no problems. Let me know if you continue to have issues and I’ll try my best to help :)

  14. Alison says:

    Hi! I love these prints! I downloaded them and was going to send them to a printer, but they are not in high resolution, so they’ll come out blurry when printed. Any way you could send me high resolution pics?

    • Hi Alison
      These images are all high resolution (300 DPI – for optimal print quality) at 11″ x 14″. Can I ask why you believe them to be low resolution?
      Happy to try and help resolve any issues :)

  15. Marisa says:

    Hi Kristine,
    LOVE these images! Did you have them printed on photo paper or copy paper? I went into Officeworks online Document Printing but wasn’t sure if you had them printed as documents or photos. Please advise, thanks.

    • Hi Marisa
      I used the “Document Printing” service because it is soooo much cheaper though from memory I upgraded my paper to White Gloss. This can be done after you have uploaded your image and only costs around 40 cents more.

  16. Kim says:

    I love these prints, but had a question – I live in the states and wanted to use Office Depot – do you have any suggestions on how to print using them?

  17. Nichole says:

    Hi Krisitne,
    I love these prints, thank you so much! Will I be able to print them in a larger size, say 16×20? Will that make them blurry?

    • Hi Nichole. They might lose a bit of quality though it shouldn’t effect them too badly. Perhaps try with one and see if you’re happy with it. Cheers.

  18. Hello!!

    My name is Emily Fritsch and I have a blog called Lilies and Life. I am really wanting to do a blog post on Free Farmhouse Prints and would like to include your print. I recently used your print in a clients gallery wall and LOVED it! I will link your blog post with the print download in my blog post. Please let me know if I have approval. Thank you!


    • Hi Emily

      Thanks for reaching out. Glad you like my printables.

      More than happy for you to include a link to my blog post however, for obvious reasons, it’s not permissible to post the direct download link in your article. You will need to direct people to my blog to download the files.


  19. Heather says:

    I’m so excited to have found your prints! They’re exactly what I want. I’m planning to decoupage them to the ceiling of my tiny writing house. I’m from Oregon but now live in Texas and miss the tender frawns and trentrils of ferns. I’m grateful for your generosity!

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