A little while ago I wrote a piece on pressing flowers, well now it's time to unleash those bad boys and bask in their floral glory! if you haven't any pressed, here's my simple guide to pressing flowers. Once you have your flowers pressed all we need to do is pop them into a glass frame. The following projects can take 5 minutes, or 40 minutes, depending on how complex you want to make it. You'll end up with a beautiful piece of art that takes no time at all, but looks like it does! Wildflower frames makes beautiful gifts, and it's a lovely way of displaying wedding flowers after the the big day ... it's also a great project to do with kiddies, since there really is nothing to it.
Easy Pressed flower project
This is the easiest of project. Press a Hydrangea petal for a few weeks until dry, then pop it in a tiny glass frame ... or display a simple stem in a postcard-sized frame
Time taken: 5 mins.
Pressed wildflowers in frame project
You will need:
Selection of pressed and dried wildflowers
PVA glue (I use Modge podge for craft projects like this.)
Time takes: 40 minutes.
Clean your glass frame well and make sure it's completely dry. Attach a ribbon that will compliment the colour of your flowers.
The fun bit! Put your glass frame to one side, and lay your flowers out on a piece of paper or board -then start to have a play around (carefully - they're really delicate!)
There is no right way when it comes to your design - you can either go simplistic - arranging them in a straight line, or you can opt for a more natural approach. If you want a natural-looking design try arranging them how you might see them in the wild - ie group some of the same flowers together (groups of 3 work well) and overlap them ... above all just have fun and see where it takes you!
Once you have a layout you're happy with, you can start to transfer them onto the glass. Apply a tiny dot of glue to the back of the flower (I used a chopstick) and begin layering up the flowers.
Start with the biggest flowers first ... ago from there.
One they're all in very carefully remove any bits of dust / dirt and leave to dry. When dry close your frame, pop it up on the wall, make a cuppa and enjoy your handiwork while eating a giant wedge of cake! Ta da!!
Further reading: How to press flowers