How to Make Decorative Papers With Dried Flowers


Decorative papers can add a special touch to bookmarks, cards, stationery and more. To really personalize your paper, you can attach dried flowers to the face of the paper in any arrangement you choose. To make decorative papers with dried flowers, you'll want to have all of your supplies on hand and readily available since you'll need to work relatively quickly once you are using glue.

Step 1

Place your paper or cardstock on a flat work surface. Take your time laying out the pressed flowers you want to use along with any pressed leaves. Create a frame around the page, center a display along the bottom, or randomly decorate the corners however you choose.

Step 2

Use a pencil to very lightly mark the positions of the flowers on your paper before removing the flowers and leaves.

Step 3

Start with one flower or leaf at a time and place a small drop of adhesive on the back of the flower or leaf before setting it in place on the paper. Remember to use the pencil lines as a guide to keep things as close to your desired effect as possible.

Step 4

Smooth the leaf or flower out gently with your fingers to make sure the adhesive is pressed flat under the plant. Continue to add glue to flowers and press them to the paper.

Step 5

Press the paper as flat as possible under your fingers, making sure no glue is sticking out from behind a petal or leaf. Rest a heavy book on top of the paper for five minutes to fully press the flowers to the page.

Step 6

Remove the paper from under the book and allow the glue to dry completely according to your adhesive's directions.

Step 7

Dab a foam brush in water to lightly dampen it, and place a drop of adhesive on the brush. Very carefully smooth the damp brush and glue over the surface of each flower to help seal it onto the paper and keep it from becoming brittle. Let the paper dry before using.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper or cardstock
  • Dried pressed flowers and leaves
  • Pencil
  • Paper adhesive for crafting and scrapbooking, not "school glue"
  • Heavy book
  • Water
  • Foam brush


  • Pressed Flower Cards
  • "Let's Make a Memory"; Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson; 1983
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.