Flower Pressing for Kids & Grown Ups
When was the last time you pressed flowers?
It used to be so simple back in the days when I was a child. All you needed to do was to go into the garden, or local park and find something growing that was pretty and colourful. I remember searching for ages and getting together quite a little collection, and then bringing them all back home. The next hour or so was spent in separating out all the various samples, and choosing my favourites.
I remember finding a couple of old and heavy books, and simply inserting the flowers and leaves in between the pages. It was as simple as that! After a short time, a few days perhaps, or it might even have been a week, I searched out the book, tried to find exactly where I had placed the flowers, (normally by turning the book on it’s side), and then examined the results.
So, the principles are still the same. The idea of collecting a variety of garden specimens, but preferably ones that have already fallen to the ground, and taking them home and pressing them. But this time we had a very special Flower Press kit to help us. Within the kit we had a small cardboard press with plastic screws for each corner. In between each of the cardboard pieces were some thin sheets of blotting paper.
The hunt was on! We went out to the garden to gather whatever treasures we could find. I was attracted to the bigger, more vibrant flowers such as the beautiful purple hellebores with the yellow centres. But my little companion preferred the daisies, and the buttercups. Within my collection was also sprigs of rosemary and little clumps of leaves. Once back in the warmth of the kitchen we had great fun placing them strategically over 6 different cardboard block within the flowerpress.
After tightening the plastic screws as hard as we could, we put the flowerpress away for 7 whole days to dry them out. The week flew by and before we knew it the time had come to uncover the blocks to see our results. We carefully unscrewed the plastic screws and separated the blotting paper from the cardboard base to reveal the pressed flowers in all their glory. How pretty they all looked… even the leaves and rosemary sprigs looked amazing.
The next stage will be to make these little treasures into greetings cards, trinket boxes or even bookmarks. Decisions, decisions, decisions!
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.