How to Make Pressed Flower Art

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You can transform pressed flowers and leaves into beautiful wall art with little effort. Form the pressed and dried flowers into various forms, or place single leaf stalks and flowers alone behind glass as beautiful and educational pieces. Regardless of whether you want the flowers to decorate a bathroom or a bedroom, or to sell the art pieces at craft fairs, you will soon fall in love with the simple but rewarding process of turning pressed flowers into art.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Book or flower press
  • Paper towel sheets
  • Soft artist's paint brush
  • Cardstock
  • Calligraphy pen

Pressing the Flowers

  • Collect flowers for your pressed flower art. Cut flowers or leaves from stems when the blooms or leaves are fresh. Look for blooms and leaves free of any blemishes from disease or insects.

  • Arrange the flowers on a paper towel sheet, positioning the blooms or leaves to lie how you want them when pressed. Place a second paper towel sheet over the flower or leaves and slide the paper towels and blooms or leaves into a large, heavy book or flower press.

  • Allow the flowers to sit in the book or flower press for approximately one week to dry and flatten. Check the flowers after one week. If the flowers still feel wet or damp, allow another week for drying before checking the flowers again.

Creating Art

  • Remove the flowers from the press and set them on a table or countertop. Handle the dried flowers carefully to avoid breaking or crumpling the stem, leaves or petals.

  • Brush the stem, petals and leaves with a soft artist's brush to remove small debris such as dirt and pollen.

  • Place the dried and pressed flower on a sheet of cardstock in the color of your preference. Align the flower on the sheet exactly how you want it to stay when placed under the glass and inside a picture frame.

  • Write on the card-stock, beside the bloom, leaves or stem the nickname or Latin name of the flower with a calligraphy pen. You may also consider writing quotes or inspiring words such as "believe," "faith," and "love."

  • Disassemble the picture frame from the pane of glass and set the glass over the cardstock and flower. Cut off any excess cardstock with a pair of scissors.

  • Reassemble the picture frame, placing the flower and paper inside the frame to create a beautiful and stunning piece of pressed flower art.

References

  • Photo Credit dry flowers image by Kirubeshwaran from Fotolia.com
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