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Decline and Leave

Pressed Flower Art – Penelope Quinn



Immortalize those pretty spring blooms and turn them into an on-trend keepsake with just a few materials! One of the most enjoyable parts of this project is picking your flowers - select those that are freshly bloomed, and can be pressed flat. Hydrangeas, pansies, violets and apple blossoms and any sort of leaf work well. There are many ways to press flowers, however this particular method is my favourite – you get almost instantaneous results and the flowers hold their colour beautifully for months.

  • Home Crafts
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Double-sided glass frame
  • Flowers and leaves that can be pressed
  • Iron
  • Absorbent paper such as parchment paper
  • Modge podge or PVA glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Stencil

Instructions:

  1. Lay your flowers on a piece of parchment paper. Make sure there is plenty of room around each of your blooms so they don’t overlap. Lay another piece of parchment on top.

  2. Make sure there is no water in your iron, and turn it onto the lowest setting. Very gently start to iron your flowers. The best technique is to hold the iron on each bloom for 5 seconds, then leave to cool for another five. Don’t slide the iron around like you would when you iron clothes as you may damage the blooms.

  3. Check to make sure your flowers feel dry – if not, repeat the process. Leave for a further 30 minutes.

  4. Open up your double-sided glass frame and place the stencil underneath – you’ll use this as your guide when placing your flowers. I always like to lay my flowers out first without glue and when I’m happy with the placement I take a picture to refer to afterwards.

  5. Now start applying glue to the glass in small sections, and using tweezers, place on your flowers. Handle your flowers gently – they are delicate and break easily! 6.Keep going until you are happy with your design, and remove the stencil underneath the glass. Wait half an hour to dry and hang on a window or wall!