How to Make Cards With Pressed Flowers

Overview

You can preserve a portion of your garden's beauty when you harvest and press fresh flower blossoms. Clip buds and mature blossoms such as daisies, asters, pansies, cosmos, violas and greenery from your flower bed. Press them in a flower press or between the pages of an old book that is weighted down. Let the flowers dry for several weeks. You will have colorful flat flowers to use for craft projects such as handmade greeting cards.

Step 1

Assemble the supplies on your work table. Lay the flowers out on a piece of waxed paper or a polystyrene plate. Mix white craft glue with an equal amount of water on a polystyrene plate or aluminum foil tray for an easy-to-apply adhesive. Alternatively, you can use full-strength decoupage glue to apply the pressed flowers to your cards.

Step 2

Fold the card stock or paper into a card shape. You can fold it in half or in quarters and crease it smoothly with a craft stick or bone folder tool. Unfold the paper and place it flat on the work surface.

Step 3

Lightly sketch an outline that looks like a vine on the front section of the card to direct where you will place the pressed flowers. If you feel confidant about placement you can proceed without a guideline.

Step 4

Dried greenery, if you plan to use it, should be glued to the paper first. With the tweezers, pick up a piece of dried greenery or a dried blossom where the stem connects to the leaves or petals. Dip the back side into the glue or---for smaller or more fragile pieces---gently apply glue with a soft paint brush.

Step 5

Having applied the glue, carefully place the pressed greenery or flower on the front of the card. If you are using pressed greenery, place it with the top of the leaf pointing out from the central area of focus in your design. Arrange the dried blossoms on top of the greenery pieces.

Step 6

Let the floral decorations on the card dry thoroughly. Add your personal greeting with pen and pencil lettering or stickers.

Things You'll Need

  • Card stock or paper
  • Pressed flowers
  • Waxed paper or polystyrene plates
  • Tweezers
  • Craft glue
  • Soft bristle paintbrush
  • Pen or colored pencils

References

  • Elizabeth's Flowers: How to Make Pressed Flower Cards
  • PreservedGardens.com: Ethereal Pressed Flower Cards
  • PioneerThinking.com: Pressed Flower Note Cards

Who Can Help

  • BusyBeeKidsCrafts.com: Pressed Flower Cards
  • Grandparents.com: Dried-Flower Crafts
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About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.