You may have noticed how much we love herbs here at Garden Therapy, so naturally we jump at any chance to celebrate (and decorate with) them! Debbie Wolfe from the fabulous blog The Prudent Garden made up these beautiful herb printables which we want to share with you. They are a gorgeous way to bring your appreciation of herbs into the home by displaying them on the wall, or give them away as gifts; each herb has a different meaning, so you can give personalized printables depending on the occasion.
How to Make Herb Printables
By Debbie Wolfe
Herbs have been used for centuries for medicine and to flavor food. Besides their usefulness in the kitchen and in beauty products, they are some of the easiest plants to grow. These resilient little plants often grow in the toughest conditions and exhibit a simple beauty that will accent any garden.
While herbs hold a variety of wonderful properties, they also have special meanings. These meanings were derived mostly from their therapeutic properties. For example, rosemary has traditionally been known to help strengthen memory. The ancient Greeks wore garlands of rosemary to help energize the mind. The plant’s pungent aroma stimulates the senses and clears the mind. It was also used during funerals in the Victorian age. Mourners carried sprigs of rosemary and tossed them into the grave of their loved ones—the evergreen plant also symbolizes the immortality of the soul.
Here is a little video I made about the meanings of different herbs.
I created a printable collection of herb prints that feature some of my favorite herbs. This project is an extension of the herb cards I designed for The Prudent Garden. I grow all of these in my zone 7 garden, and I must admit, rosemary is my favorite. The herb prints are perfect to frame for an inexpensive display or mount them on canvases for a modern gallery look.
Here are some of the common meanings for these 6 herbs:
- Rosemary- remembrance and immortality
- Basil- love and peace
- Oregano- joy and tranquility
- Thyme- strength and courage
- Sage-strength and wisdom
- Parsley-gratitude and festivity
*Cardstock works best for this project. Regular printer paper tends to wrinkle and cause the ink to bleed once the decoupage glue is applied.
Start by downloading and printing the herb designs. I’ve made two different options, one with a crisp, white background, and one made to look like the paper is vintage and weathered. Download the PDFs below:
Apply a generous layer of decoupage glue onto the surface of the canvas.
Center the print on the canvas. There will be overhang if you printed onto a standard 8.5×11 inch paper. Smooth down the print, working from the center out.
Flip the canvas over and press against the back of the canvas to help smooth out the paper. Continue working out any bubbles you see by gently, but firmly rubbing the surface of the print. Let the canvas dry for about 10-15 minutes with the print side up.
Once dried, flip trim off the excess paper with a sharp craft knife.
Apply a top coat of decoupage glue on the surface of the canvas and let it dry thoroughly.
Hang your artwork wherever you need herbal inspiration or an uplift in spirits.
About the Author
Debbie Wolfe is a mom of two rambunctious boys, wife, and work-at-home mom from Georgia. In her free time (when there is such a thing), she is in the garden or hidden away reading the latest post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama! As for interests, Debbie is an obsessive crafter, home chef, and gardener. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and is a co-author and photographer behind the garden blog The Prudent Garden: a collection of tips, crafts, and articles that highlight home gardening.