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How to Make 3D Printable Art (with free printable peony designs)

Today I’m sharing how to make 3D Printable Art, including the free printable peony designs that you can use to make your own.

If you caught yesterday’s post about my cheap and easy DIY printed seasonal pillow covers then you may have gotten the idea that I’m adding a lot of pastel pink to our decor this spring season. With the stretch of sunshine that we had a week ago, I started craving spring and am hugely inspired to go full-on pink this year.  It might have had something to do with playing around with all my beautiful spring floral branches and  (you can see 8 ways to style a big vase with faux spring florals here). 

Over the weekend I took out my spring decor bin and looked through everything I already own and found some old pillow covers that I knew I could reuse.  I also made a quick trip into HomeSense and Michael’s when I was down island for my boys’ basketball camp and picked up a few new little pink pieces.  I came home and spent a good part of Saturday crafting in order to fill in the gaps!  As I mentioned, I shared my pretty pink peony DIY decorative spring pillows yesterday, and today I’m sharing a new 3D printable for spring that I absolutely love.  I don’t think it even looks homemade, but you can be the judge of that!

DIY 3-D Art With Free Printables poster.

When I was a school aged child one of my best friend’s Mom was really crafty.  One of her favourite projects was these little 3D pictures that she used to put together, with layered on layer on layer of an image that were slightly raised between each of the layers.  When I was deciding what kind of fun spring paper project I wanted to create for this blog share, I remembered these beautiful 3D pictures that she used to create and thought I’d try my hand at making my own DIY version.

Spring 3D Printable Tutorial

All you need to create this is an image you love, a colour printer, some scissors, raised foam double sided photo squares or dots, and a photo frame.  As I mentioned, the printables themselves (including the watercolour background piece) are available in my printable library for all my email subscribers.  See further on down in this post to subscribe to my newsletter and learn how to access them.  

You can do this DIY project with nearly any graphic or clipart image.  If pink peonies aren’t your thing and you can’t paint your own design, then I recommend Etsy as a great source for beautiful watercolour clipart at a reasonable price.

Begin by printing out 3 (or even 4) copies of your image, as well as a coloured background (if you wish to use one).

Watercolor printables on the table beside scissors.

Since my photo frame mat was formatted to 8×10, I wanted to use a watercolour background and then sized my peony image to 5×7 so that I could see the pink/yellow background behind it.  I used my little paper cutter to cut the image down (after trimming it first with scissors).  You could also use a ruler and pencil and draw a line to cut along to get your printed image to the correct size.

Pink, green floral watercolor printable.

Next, I taped my watercolour background piece to the back of the photo frame mat.

Tape and a white frame for the printable.

Then I cut out two of my pink peonies images, cutting off sections as I went.  The middle layer section included most of the large flowers, while the top layer section only left the two dark pink peonies.

Cutting out the pink flowers and scissors.

I used quite a few of the square foam double sided photo stickers to keep the image from sagging anywhere once it was attached to the layer below it.

Square foam stickers attached to the back of the cut out flowers.

I layered the smallest image over the middle image first, pressing lightly to secure.  I then layered the middle piece over the main 5×7 image and pressed down, again, very gently to secure.

Creating the 3-D floral effect.

Finally, I added the same foam double stickies to the back of the overall 5×7 image and centred it and attached it to the vibrant watercolour background.


The flowers on the white card.

The pink printable framed and 3-D optimized.

I love this pop of pink on our mantel and, yes, it definitely blends well with my printed pillows!

I created another complementary spring printable (that I’ve also added to my printable library).  I love this quote – I am working on following it’s instructions more this year.  It’s definitely a challenge at times with how busy and pulled we are in every which way direction.

But flowers, pink, and making pretty things, are three things that make me happy, so there you go!  I’m following it, after all.

The loral printable on the mantle.

It’s hard to see from a straight on perspective with a photo, but in real life you can definitely see the 3D nature of the print and it really stands out from a flat image.  No pun intended;)

White framed floral printable.

Up close shot of the 3-D effect.

Framed florals.

Two floral printables on the mantle.

I can’t wait to share more spring projects with you soon. I must say that spring, itself, is something that makes me happy so focusing on it early is following my own advice, as well.

If you want to make this and download the same images I used, then you can access them through my printable library, available to all my email subscribers.


And today I’m joined by some super talented blogging friends who are also sharing their spring paper projects.  Thank you to my friends Ashley, Janine, and Leslie for hosting this hop.  To take a look at each project, simply click on the link below the images.

Enjoy all the gorgeous inspiration!

17 Spring Paper Craft Ideas

Spring craft ideas.

Hello Spring Printable – Modern Glam // Spring Flower Sketch Printables – Inspiration For Moms // Spring Printable Landscape Art – Twelve On Main // 3-D Spring Printable Art – The Happy Housie 

Spring ideas 2

Spring Stationery and Garland Set – The Handmade Home // Spring Printable Art – Lolly Jane // Simple All-Occasion Printable Gift Tags – Tatertots & Jello // DIY Contact Paper Placemats – My Sweet Savannah

Ideas for spring 3

DIY Paper Hydrangeas – Happy Happy Nester // Crepe Paper Magnolia DIY – Craftberry Bush // DIY Cupcake Liner Flowers – Zevy Joy // DIY Butterfly Cloche and Printable – A Blue Nest // Free Spring Floral Print – Taryn Whiteaker

Springy ideas 4.

How to Make Paper Flowers for Spring – My 100 Year Old Home // A Paper Scroll Styled 3 Ways For Spring – She Gave It A Go // Crepe Paper Peonies with Cricut Maker – The DIY Mommy // Funny Spring Printable – Cassie Bustamante 

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  1. I am confused on the downloading procedure. Do I have download the whole Spring file just to get the new one? I have downloaded some pictures before and would like to just get the new stuff not everything in your library all over again. Please help clear up my confusion..

    1. Hi Judi,
      I sent you an email just now with instructions (and I see I misspelled your name in it, sorry!). Hope the instructions help:)

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