Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pressing Flowers

A couple years ago Mr. T wanted a flower press, so I cobbled together one. We haven't used it in awhile, so I thought it would be fun to pull it out. The kids loved it. I like this project because it's appropriate for all ages.

My three kids went outside & picked a few prized flowers to press. Certainly we better not mix up whose flowers were whose, so each kid had their own page in the press.

As you can see Mr. T's press is nothing fancy. It's two pieces of flat wood held together by duck tape. When Mr. T was 4 he stamped the cover of the press. Inside the press are pieces of cardstock. The cardstock pieces just sit freely inside, they are not attached to the press. The pages hold & separate the plants & flowers. When we are ready to press plants, I wrap a rubber band around the press and stick it under a stack of books. There is sits for at least 2 weeks.

After the two weeks, we unbury the press, take off the rubberband & open it up to admire our pressed, dry flowers.

The kids added their pressed plants & flowers to cards they dyed a couple weeks before. Click here to read about how we made natural dye.

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