Making pressed flower paper is an enjoyable craft for the whole family. Old newspapers, junk mail and old papers that have no use anymore are recycled to make decorative paper for greeting cards, lampshades, decorative gift boxes or craft projects. Involve your children and teach them the importance of recycling.
Cut tissue paper the same size as the tray of the flower press. Carefully lower the paper over the tray. Put the flowers carefully over the tissue paper, using tweezers for very small ones. Follow owner manual’s directions to thread the press together, allowing the flowers to dry according to the specified time. Complete this step several days beforehand so your pressed flowers are ready in time.
Collect scrap paper from around the house. Cut it into 1-by-1-inch pieces, and place them in a bowl. Add warm water to the bowl after it is half full of paper, and let the paper soak for several hours until the edges come loose and it is ready to tear apart.
Put the handful of wet paper in an electric blender and fill it with equal amounts of water. Extend the switch into a wall socket, adjust the speed to the fastest setting and turn the power on. Blend the wet paper until it becomes pulpy.
Place a window screen over a large bucket and pour the blended paper mixture over it. The water will filter down the screen while the pulp stays on top. Use a flat knife to spread the pulp evenly on the screen. The thickness of the paper will depend on the amount of pulp on the screen, with a thicker paper requiring more pulp.
Lift the pressed flowers from the press and place them over the pulp. Evenly space them throughout the paper, or place a few big ones in the center or on the edges.
Place a board on each side of the screen and force them together firmly to drain out excess water. Carefully remove the boards and position the screen in the center of a piece of cardboard. Press it gently so the pressed flower paper fall over it. Place the cardboard in a hot and dry room for a day or two until it dries. Your pressed flower paper is ready for use.