Imagine if you could forever catch the beauty of a blooming flower?
Oh wait... you can!
Dried pressed flowers are a glorious tribute to fresh blooms!
And you don't need to be an artist to turn them into a work of art! They do most of the work themselves...
There are however, a few things to know to ensure optimal success with your pressed flower crafts and projects...
1. Choose flowers. Identify the flowers you want to press. Choose flowers that look like they will flatten out nicely. Avoid extremely meaty flowers because they don't press as well as flatter more delicate flowers. The flower should be able to be pressed reasonably flat with your fingers. With that said, try anything you are inspired to try, the worst that can happen is... you won't try that again!
2. Pick flowers. When possible, pick flowers on cool mornings and early afternoons. Try to wait until dew is dried but flowers are still perky and cool. Press flowers immediately (store flowers in refrigerator for a short time if needed).
3. Position Flowers. Open a heavy book and lay down a layer of
smooth paper towel. Place flowers on paper towel and carefully squish
them down a little with your fingers. Make sure different flowers won't
touch each other when pressed (they will stick).
Adjust the positioning so each flower lays ready to be pressed in an attractive fashion.
For example, the cherry blossom above would naturally press with petals closed... a much less attractive position than if you force some of the petals open so once pressed the flower shows its beautiful insides.
4. Cover Flowers. Place a layer of paper towel over flowers. Do your best to keep flowers positioned nicely. Hold flowers until the last second if needed.
Holding everything down with one hand, close the book. Then place it under something heavy such as more books or a heavy box.
5. Allow to Dry. Allow flowers to press and dry for a couple weeks.
Opening your pressing book to see your dry and pressed flowers will be like Christmas morning and if you got adventurous and did some experimenting, it will be all the more exciting... enjoy!
Now that you have some gorgeous pressed flowers, it's time to use them in your pressed flower crafts.
What are some of the top easy homemade gift ideas using dried pressed flowers?
Frame It. A single pressed flower can be a masterpiece. So... frame your beautiful bloom and you'll have a gorgeous homemade gift. The size of the frame will depend on the flower and the end result you're looking for.
For example, larger frames go well with an elegant mat in a coordinating or contrasting color (or a subtly patterned mat) or even a few different sized mats layered elegantly around the flower.
Or, tiny framed flowers make great magnets. Frames can be found in very small sizes such as 2 1/2 " x 2 1/2" (or even smaller). Put your pressed flower in a small frame and then hot glue a magnet (available at any craft store) to the back of the frame. In some cases you can also embellish the frame with a little bit of raffia or ribbon. The "frame" to the right is a juice lid gone pretty!
Make a Plaque. Find one of your most exquisite pressed flowers (maybe even a graceful sprig of pressed flowers) and make a pretty plaque. Include a playful word or a lovely quote underneath for a thoughtful gift of wall art.
Make Greeting Cards. Glue pressed flowers to the front of a homemade greeting card and voilà... it's like art! Layer paper, if desired and spray the flower with sealer or paint lightly with varnish. Keep it simple or make a flower scene. It's hard to go wrong with a pressed flower on the front of your card.
Other things you can do with pressed flowers?
Dried pressed flowers are a year round joy. Most of the year there's something to press, whether it be spring flowers such as bleeding hearts and pansies, early summer flowers such as clematis... you can press green leaves throughout the growing season and especially beautiful are colorful Fall leaves. In Winter you can even press tiny berries and little bits of Winter Foliage...
Best of all, your finished dried pressed flowers can be used in your flower crafts and homemade gift projects any time, any day of the year. Enjoy!
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