Saturday, 14 September 2013

DIY Framing Pressed Flowers

This week I'm capturing the last of summer behind glass. Taking wild or garden flowers and pressing them to create these little pictures in white frames. Mini wall art or lovely presents. So here's how I did it...

How to Press Flowers...

You may find all the flowers you need in your back garden, or you might need to venture a little further and collect a nice variety of colours and shapes. Flowers that can be flattened work the best. Rounded heads will take longer to dry out and won't result in a spread out design. 

Take your flower selection, add a few leaves here and there - and find a big heavy book. 

To save the book pages from being damaged, spread your flower heads out on a napkin.
Lay them face down and squash them a little to flatten them.

Fold the napkin in half, and carefully close the book. 

You'll need to add some extra weight - a big old Dictionary for example. 
Leave your flowers for at least one week to dry out.

While you're waiting for the flowers to dry out, you can get on with making your frames. Of course you can buy white frames all ready to go - but I had these mini wooden ones from IKEA hanging around. So I used acrylic paint and gave them two coats each. 

Now the best part! Revealing your dried flowers. Carefully unfold the napkin and have a look at your pressed flowers/leaves. A few of my petals did break away but this just adds to the home-made feel.

Your frames should come with little slips of paper behind the glass - use these as your backing paper, or cut out your own backing paper in whatever colour you fancy. I used a cream off-white.
Lay your flowers out until your happy with your design. You'll need to handle them very carefully.

Pop the frames on and you have your own flower art.  

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  1. These look so pretty! x

  2. So lovely! This is really nice to gift or even keep on my desk. Must try!

  3. Such a lovely idea! Definitely have to try this one

    Ashley xo

  4. Love this idea, its so simple but looks amazing xx


  5. I remember having a flower press when I was younger, had forgotten all about it. Definitely want to try it again now!

  6. this is amazing! such a great gift as well!

  7. This looks so good, I really need to try it!

  8. I used to press flowers all the time as a kid, these are so cute.

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  9. They're so pretty! I definitely want to try doing this one day :)

  10. Wow these look so pretty! :)

    Love your blog, just discovered it!

  11. nice DIY specially when summer ends

  12. This is a really nice DIY and super easy!

  13. That is such a cute DIY! I am so going to try this!

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  14. I think most people will be surprised at just how easy it is to make a flower press. Thanks for sharing this project.
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  15. Thank you for this post. I think I'm going to try this with a few of my wedding flowers so I have them forever :-)

  16. nice, but you need show a few critical steps... how did you get the flowers off the napkin? also did you glue them down? thanks!

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