DIY Framed Pressed Flowers
How special is it when the botanical art in your home comes from the flowers in your heirloom garden? Remove flower heads from the plant in the late morning on a dry day. By 11:00 am the dew will have evaporated, yet the afternoon sun will not have had time to wilt the flowers.
Sheets of printer paper
Large, thick book
Heirloom flowers that press well include:
California poppies (Eschscholzia californica)
French marigolds (Tagetes)
Larkspur (Consolida ajacis)
Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
Johnny-Jump-Ups (Viola tricolor)
Nicotiana (Nicotiana alata)
Chocolate Daisy (Berlandiera lyrata)
Japanese Anemone (Anemone japonica)
Press Flowers Using Books
1. Open the first 1/3 of a large, thick book. Lay a piece of printer paper onto one of the pages and place flowers on the printer page so they are not touching. Flowers with thick centers such as marigold, dahlia, and zinnia should have their petals pulled free from the heads before placing them in the book. Don't forget to write the name of the flowers at the bottom of the paper.
2. Place another piece of paper over the flowers you just laid out so that they are now sandwiched between both sheets. Carefully grab the next 1/3 of the book pages and close it so that they flowers are sandwiched between the printer paper and book pages. Repeat the process using the same book.
3. Keep the pressed flowers evenly weighted by placing more books (or a cinderblock, etc) on top of the pressed flower book. In 2-3 weeks, carefully open the books and remove your dried, pressed flowers.
Frame Your Pressed Flowers
Framing pressed flowers so they become unique at pieces for the home is so simple, you’ll want to make several more for gift-giving.
Decorative sheets of paper – have a variety of decorative paper on hand both for gluing the flowers onto, as well as a larger, background sheet that “frames” the art.
White craft glue
1. Remove the glass from the picture frame.
2. Measure the back of the picture frame and be sure that the paper you’d like to use as a background is the same size.
3. If the frame is a different size, use the ruler and the scissors to cut the paper so it fits properly. You can glue the flowers onto this paper or you can use this paper to “frame” a smaller piece of paper which has the glued flowers.
4. If you choose to use a paper that fits the frame, as well as a smaller one that has the flowers, you’ll need to cut the one that will have the flowers on it about 1” smaller than the larger paper on all sides.
5. Choose the flowers you’ll use to create your botanical art piece. You might use various flowers that are all the same color tones. You could choose just two or three flowers, or just one type of flower. You could place the flowers separately or lay them on one another to look like a bouquet.
6. Using the tweezers, place them onto the paper that the flowers will be glued on until you’re happy with the design.
7. Squeeze glue from the bottle into the small bowl for easy access to the glue.
8. Pick up the flowers with the tweezers and use a toothpick to place a small spot of glue onto the back of the flower. Glue the flower onto the paper.
9. After you have finished creating the design, let the glue dry overnight. Then put the frame back together with the flower art inside.