How to Make Crafts With Pressed Flowers

Overview

Pressed flowers make attractive decorations for bookmarks, stationery and greeting cards. You can even make attractive candle holders by gluing pressed flowers onto the outside of a glass votive holder. Sandwiched between two sheets of clear contact paper, your dried flowers make a floral place mat that's easy to wipe clean. Your flowers should be dried and pressed flat before you begin.

Step 1

Arrange the flowers on a piece of paper, card, candle holder or other surface for your craft. Use the tweezers to transfer the flowers one at a time from their container to the paper.

Step 2

Mark the position of each flower lightly with a pencil. Set the flowers to one side.

Step 3

Thin the white glue with water. A solution of equal parts water and glue works well. Stir to mix thoroughly.

Step 4

Paint a thin layer of diluted glue onto the surface where you'll be arranging your flowers.

Step 5

Use the tweezers to arrange the flowers on the glue-covered surface. When all the flowers are in place, add any other embellishments such as ribbon or sequins.

Step 6

Cut a sheet of contact paper the same size as your card, bookmark or candle holder. For stationery, you should only cover the design and about an inch of space all the way around the design, leaving the rest of the paper to write on. Peel the backing from the contact paper and carefully smooth it over the design.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Tweezers
  • Pencil
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Clear contact paper

References

  • Preserved Gardens: Working With Pressed Flowers

Who Can Help

  • University of Vermont: Crafty Holiday Gift Ideas
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Cynthia James is the author of more than 40 novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from Modern Bride to Popular Mechanics. A graduate of Sam Houston State University, she has a degree in economics. Before turning to freelancing full time, James worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent and medical clinic manager.