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How to Mount Dry Flowers

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Whether you dry flowers for artwork or collect plant specimens as a hobby, proper mounting it vital so the flowers do not fade or crumble over time. Flowers must be completely dry before mounting, as any dampness leads to mold and mildew, which drastically reduces the life of the flowers. Once mounted, the flowers can be displayed in frames, shadow boxes or placed in clear plastic protectors for later enjoyment.

Cut a piece of cardstock to the required size for your frame or other display medium. Use acid-free cardstock to prevent discoloration over time. Acid-free supplies are available at most craft or scrapbooking shops.

Lay the flowers face up on the backing in an arrangement you like. If arranging several types of flowers, place the larger, heavier flowers near the center of the cardstock and place the more fragile flowers around the edge.

Pick up each flower with a pair of tweezers. Brush a clear, acid-free craft glue onto the back of the flower with a foam brush. Set the flower back down on the cardstock and press it lightly to adhere it to the surface.

Brush off any dust or specks of plant material from the cardstock with a soft-bristled paint brush once the glue has dried. Avoid brushing directly over the mounted flowers, as the brush may damage them.

Place the mounted flowers in a glass-fronted picture frame or plastic sheet protector. Alternately, store the mounted flowers in large, zip-close plastic bags until you are ready to use them.

Tip

Display mounted flowers in an area that isn&#039;t subjected to direct sunlight or bright artificial light. Too much direct light can fade flowers.

Cover mounted flowers with a clear sheet of contact paper and use them to decorate greeting cards and other small crafts.

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