Pressing flowers is an easy activity in which kids can participate from start to finish. Here is a step-by-step guide to pressing flowers, plus some ideas on how to use them.
2 You could use a plant press from a craft store to make your pressed flowers if you have one, but a heavy book like a dictionary will do the job. Gather together the flowers to be pressed and two pieces of plain white paper to protect the book because the colors in the flowers may stain slightly. Arrange the flowers on one piece of paper in the middle of the book, cover with another piece of paper and close the book. Leave the book undisturbed for a week to 10 days—no peeking!3
Once your dried botanicals are ready to work with, use your imagination to create a project that best fits your child’s age and interests. Here are three kid-friendly project ideas to get you started.
A flower frame
Use your pressed flowers to decorate a picture frame. This project is a unique way to remember a special family outing or vacation. While on a nature hike or trip to the beach, pick a few flowers along the way as mementoes of the experience. Tuck them into a book to keep them intact and start the pressing process. Snap a photograph to mark the occasion. Once you have returned home and allowed your flowers to dry completely, choose a picture frame a size bigger than your photo (for example, use a 5x7-inch frame for a 4x6-inch photograph). Place your photograph in the frame. Gently slide the dried flowers around the picture in whatever pattern you choose.
Pressed flowers can be used to decorate note cards to send to family and friends. Arrange the flowers in whatever pattern you like and secure with craft glue. For example, I made a bouquet of blue bells and added a thin ribbon tied in a bow as decoration.
Decorate a candle
No need to buy a fancy, dried botanical candle—make your own with your little ones. Choose a pillar candle in whatever size you want to work with. Cover the candle in a thin layer of craft glue with a paint brush. Apply your dried flowers or leaves to the wet glue and let dry. Ferns worked really well for this project. Homemade botanical candles make wonderful gifts.
To press flowers
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