Looking for a fun craft to do with your son or daughter? The #TotalMom knows that bonding with her kids means exciting their minds and getting to know them through the power of creativity! This fun craft is a doorway into other fun crafts—put your pressed flowers on a birthday invitation or a thank you note, or add them to a scrapbook.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN…
- For the best results, choose flowers that are naturally flat like daisies, pansies, violas, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, tulips and ferns..
- Choose flowers in good condition; try to find ones without holes or discoloration.
- Pressed flowers are extremely fragile, so handle them with care!
- Insert a sheet of makeup oil blotting paper to help soak up water on top of your flowers before you press to get the best results.
- Make sure to space out flowers to ensure that you do not get gobs of petals.
- Ironing board
- Paper sheets
- Fresh flowers/leaves
Step 1: Lay a sheet of paper down on your ironing board. Place flowers on top and cover with another sheet of paper. Lay heavy hardcover book on top. Try not to slide the book as this may damage the flowers. Push down on the book and wait 2-3-minutes.
Step 2: Remove book, but keep flowers in paper. Take out iron (make sure to remove any water if it’s a steamer iron). Set the iron to the lowest heat setting—or dry, if your iron has the setting. Place iron down on paper and press.
Step 3: Hold for 10 seconds and remove, and repeat this process across the sheet. Do NOT drag across like you do on clothing, this will damage both your flowers and your paper.
Step 4: Remove flowers slowly to prevent tearing and set aside on another clean sheet of paper.
Step 5 Enjoy! You can use your pressed flowers for all kinds of other crafts. Make sure to turn off your iron, too!