Hi everybody, welcome back, we hope you have enjoyed last
weeks edible garden and flower topiari activities. Today we will be looking
into Pressing flowers. The nice thing about pressing flowers is that they are
long lasting and can be used to decorate almost anything. In this post will
look into how to press plants.
Pressing your own flowers can be a very fun project, from
decorating book covers and book-marks to creating art to hang on your wall,
every child or adult can find enjoyment in this activity.
There’s not much to it! Just follow the easy instructions
Your favorite flowers or foliage picked and
ready to press
A large book e.g. phone book or dictionary
A sheet of newspaper
More books or heavy objects – about 20 lbs.
After picking your favorite flowers and foliage,
put them in the refrigerator, to keep them from wilting while you prepare your
pressing materials. (Do Not put in Freezer)
Place the flowers or foliage on the inside fold
of the sheet of newspaper. Make sure there is no overlapping of leaves, petals,
stems and fold the top half of the newspaper sheet down over the flowers.
Open the dictionary or phone book and place the
newspaper in the middle at about letter M.
Close the dictionary and place the other books
or heavy objects on top.
The drying process can take 3-4 days. Once the flowers are
pressed and dry you can use them in arrangements, art work, as gifts, whatever
you like. A few ideas of what you can do with pressed flowers are:
Make an Art
Art piece is fun activity with scope for creativity. Use your favorite blooms
to create long lasting pressed flower arrangements. Pressing flowers can be
done at any time of the year creating seasonal pieces of art.
Colored Chalks (Optional)
Water color Paper
White Glue (acid free glue/ wood
Glue applicator (Tooth pick, fine
Pressed Flowers of choice
Picture frame, hangar, frame glass.
Lay the picture frame onto the white
water color paper and mark the viewable area where the flowers will be placed.
If you would like to add some
background color to the paper use colored chalks by shaving the chalk onto a
cotton bud and apply.
Proceed by arranging flowers to
create your own collage. A tip when arranging your pressed flowers is to use
the smaller foliage as a background. Stems and leaves can be arranged to create
an outline of green before applying color in the center.
Once you have decided on your design,
apply a spot of glue to your background foliage and wait until the glue sets.
Now select larger blooms to fill the
center and secure again using glue.
Once all the pressed flowers are
secured it is time to frame the picture using the picture frame.
You have now made your very own piece
If you make
any of these crafts, make sure you send in a photo to be included in our
collection. You can also get your flower crafts published on our Facebook page!
following and sharing, we will be back next week with more exciting activities.