Who doesn't love to receive cards in the mail and even better when they are handmade? You can make your own greeting cards with dried flowers that have been pressed. Or if you prefer, you can purchase pressed flowers at most craft stores.
Things You'll Need
- Pressed dried flowers
- Card stock paper or blank note cards
- White craft glue
- Small paint brush
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Cut the flowers you want to press. The best flowers to press are those that are not too dense, such as daisies, roses, lavender, daffodils and hyacinth. Cut the stem to about 2 inches long.
Use a large heavy book, such as a phone book or encyclopedia. Open the book to the middle and place a coffee filter on the right side of the book.
Lay your flowers on top of the coffee filter. Close the book and press hard. If necessary, lay another heavy book on top to apply more pressure. Leave the flowers in the book for at least one week, preferably two weeks. Remove the flowers and use as desired.
Cut the card stock paper to 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Fold the paper in half lengthwise to make a card 4 1/4 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Crease well.
Arrange your dried pressed flowers on the front of the card. Use tweezers to place the flowers on the card. Arrange the flowers until you are satisfied with the look.
Glue the flowers to the card. Carefully lift one flower at a time with the tweezers and brush a small amount of craft glue on the card where you want the flower to go. Put the flower back in place and gently press with your finger to attach. Repeat this for all the flowers.
Cover the card with a piece of wax paper to protect the flowers. Set a heavy book on top of the card and leave overnight. This helps the flowers to dry flat on the card.
Remove the book and wax paper from the card. Write your message on the front and the inside of the card. Put into an envelope to mail.