Ever since I was little, I’ve been pressing flowers in the summertime. Every dictionary and encyclopedia we had was jammed with Queen Anne’s Lace, roses and just about any other wild flowers I could get my hands on. Nowadays, I have my trusty 5 year old helper to assist me with all of my crafty projects. With some blank cards and pressed plants we were ready to make some DIY pressed flower notecards!
In August, we went out to the garden to find flowers for pressing. Not all flowers work well for this. Look for flowers that have single petals. You can even plant ahead for your future projects. We like cosmos, nasturtiums, lobelia, individual hydrangea blossoms and French marigolds. Pansies, daisies, borage, California poppies, delphiniums and ferns. The possibilities are endless! In fall, we collected various fallen leaves to press also.
On a dry day, pick the freshest specimens. Fully opened flowers work best. Bring a basket and scissors with you into the garden. Press them as soon as possible to prevent wilting.
If you don’t have a real flower press, any heavy book will do. Make sure that you use sheets of paper under and over the flowers that you press so they won’t bleed in the pages of your books.
We were excited to see how our sweet little blooms did, sandwiched between the layers! Like tiny jewels, our pressed flowers were adorable and glowing with color.
Using a glue stick, we carefully placed the tiny flowers onto the cards. Use your imagination! Patterns, abstract, wherever you want to place them. Pressed flower creations can even be framed under glass.
Tweezers are very helpful. But, these little fingers were eager to participate!
Because we pressed foliage along with the blossoms, the cards have a very natural look. Like miniature flower gardens ready to send in the mail!
The colors of these autumn leaves really stayed true!
After you have positioned all of the pressed flowers, it’s time to make sure they are not going to be crushed. By using clear contact paper or laminating sheets, you can ensure a beautiful card that someone can treasure for some time to come. They will adore their virtual bouquet!
Feel free to make your own cards and envelopes if you have the skill. Blank cards and matching envelopes can be purchased in most craft or art stores.
This project has made me look forward to next years flower gardens. What to plant and what to preserve. What crafts do you like to save for winter snow days? This is an excellent nature craft for kids. I hope it gives some inspiration to you! Thanks for checking it out!