Dried Pressed Flowers Instructions and Coordinating Flower Crafts
Imagine if you could forever catch the beauty of a blooming flower?
Oh wait... you can!
Dried and 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...
Dried Pressed Flowers Instructions
You'll Need: Flower or leaves to press, heavy books and smooth paper towels (avoid the ones with bumpy designs if possible).
Tip: Keep a phone book (or large book) in a handy spot with paper towels in place so that when you see a flower you want to press, you can do it right away. It's always sad to miss an opportunity to press and save a delicate flower in it's prime but once pressed, you can use it in flower crafts any time of year!
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!
Pressed Flower Crafts
Now that you have some gorgeous pressed flowers, it's time to use them in your pressed flower crafts.
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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