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How to Mount Pressed Flowers

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Overview

Whether you're making cards, bookmarks, picture frames, lampshades or another craft project, a beautiful way to dress it up is to add pressed flowers. Although you can buy these at most craft stores, pressed flowers are easy to make at home and just as easy to work with. Gather your supplies before you begin to mount pressed flowers and work gently with the delicate blossoms as you place them.

Step 1

Cut out your watercolor paper to the size and/or shape you want it to be, depending on the project you're working on. If you're going to paint, stencil or stamp the paper, do that as well and allow the paint or ink to dry for a few hours before moving forward.

Step 2

Arrange your pressed flowers on your paper wherever you'd like to mount them permanently.

Step 3

Use a pencil to lightly place small tick marks as needed to help you remember where you positioned your flowers. Remove the flowers from the paper and set them aside.

Step 4

Apply a single coat of decoupage medium over the entire surface of the paper. Replace your flowers as you had them, working quickly, yet precisely. Work carefully, as you won't be able to remove a positioned flower without risk of damage if you set it in the wrong location. Let the entire surface dry for two to three hours.

Step 5

Apply a second coat of medium carefully over the pressed flowers and paper to seal them in and protect them. Let the second coat dry completely for a few hours before applying a third coat for added protection.

Things You'll Need

  • Watercolor paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Decoupage medium
  • Foam brush
  • Watercolors, if desired
  • Stencils, if desired
  • Rubber stamps and ink, if desired

References

  • "Altered Book Collage"; Barbara Matthiessen; 2006

Who Can Help

  • MakingFriends.com: Decoupage Projects
Keywords: mount pressed flowers, pressed flower crafts, dried flowers

About this Author

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 WidescreenWarrior.com as a contributor and podcast co-host.