Check out this tutorial for the best way to press flowers with kids. They can collect the flowers, press them, and arrange a beautiful piece of artwork. It’s a fun spring activity for kids that has been around for ages.
Best way to press flowers
We are nearing our move and I’m finding myself looking for pieces of Florida to bring with us. I have tons of seashells, pictures of palm trees, and air plants, but I still wanted something more. While flipping through my vintage art books I saw a chapter on pressed flowers and I was hooked. So I started right away.
This craft is a great spring activity for kids. They can walk around and pick colorful spring flowers, press them, and then arrange them. It’s a great way to work on those fine motor skills.
Plus, any time I can make a flower craft I’m happy. Something about flowers always brings a smile to my face.
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How to dry and press flowers
- Choose several different shapes, sizes, and colors of flowers to press.
- Some flowers press better than others, check out the best flowers to use for pressing. But a general rule is to look for flowers that lay flat, have thinner petals, and thicker centers.
- Make sure to let the flowers sit for a long time. Some people say a month, but we found a couple weeks to work.
How to press flowers for framing
Below is our step by step tutorial for how to press flowers for framing. Feel free to print it for easy reference.
- Freshly picked flowers
- Paper Towels
- Picture Frames
- Heavy Books
- Scissors (optional)
- First, gather some flowers.
- Layout your flowers on two layers of paper towels.
- Gently press them into place.
- Cover with 2 layers of paper towels. Then smash them in a large book.
- Weigh them down with whatever you have around and put them out of the way for a few weeks. (These are those vintage art books)
- After you have waited at least 2 weeks gently open the books and pull out the paper towels.
- Next just play around with your layouts. I moved mine around quite a bit deciding which flowers I liked etc. When you have a good idea of what you like, open your frames and place them directly on the glass.
- Then place paper and layer in extra padding (magazine pages) to make it nice and tight when you close it.
Display them around your home or give them as gifts!
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When to make Flower art inspiration
Sometimes you see a craft and think, oh that’s cute! But then you don’t know when you will make it. Here are some ideas for this fun art project!
- These make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift.
- Hang them in your home.
- Decorate your classroom or playroom.
- Make a bunch and send them to shut-ins or patients in a hospital.
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