The Flower Press

I have a thing for dried foliage, and that’s a fact. In college I took a children’s lit class where I found this book, and I made several really intricate dried-leaf animals that I gifted for Christmas that year (are those still floating around??) When I lived in Argentina, I dried street flowers from every city I lived in, and then later made and framed arrangements in a collection that has become one of my favorite things in my home. The idea for making a flower press only hit me in the last few months, but really my dried-flower/leaf passion has been burning like a torch for years.  This project is a little tardy, I mean this would have been great to have at the beginning of Summer, not Fall, but whatev. Foliage is foliage is foliage. Is foliage.

So I used this simple flower press design post, which is to-the-point and specific. It’s pretty simple; cut your wood, sand it, drill it, paint it, and then assemble.  My press is 6″ by 6″, and I used acrylic craft paint and then modge podge as a sealant.  I free-handed a floral design on mine, but you could keep it as basic as you want (like a simple wood stain). I cut up a box for the cardboard, and used water color paper for the blotting paper. All the hardware I found at Lowe’s.

I plan to put this baby to work asap by going on a nature excursion with my kiddies sometime soon and collecting some of the gorgeous leaves that seem to explode from the trees around here. For as miserable is Utah is in the Winter, it sure is breathtaking in the Fall.
Now. Tips anyone for hiking with two kids, a baby and her IV pole/feeding tube pump?

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mad mim_flower press
mad mim_flower press

mad mim_flower press

5 Comments

Rach

I know! I know! Let me stay home with Harper while you take your kids on a hike!! This is a serious offer and I would totally LOVE TO!!

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Katie

ooohhhhh! I loved it when I saw it the other day. So cute! I’ve been wanting to make it. Thanks for the link with the instructions!

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Shillene Hancock

How do you adhere/glue the flowers on to your paper? Can you adhere flowers/foliage on to anything…matboard, paper,…etc. I LOVE your site and thanks a ton for your help!!

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Miriam

I’ve only ever used Elmer’s, Shillene. It’s worked great. And yes, you can glue them to anything. I used water color paper I think. I have a special foliage spray that I spray afterwards to keep the colors vibrant. They still fade over the years, but I guess it prolongs the process. Good luck!

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