I like unique and one of a kind gifts. Here is how I make a pressed flower artwork for my loved ones.
What you need :
- Paper in any size and colour
- Frame to suit your paper size
- Craft glue or stick glue
- Flowers/leaves/petals to press
- Pencil and eraser
- Paper towel
- Tissue paper
- A dog (optional)
Step one: Take your dog for a walk.
Step Two: Gather as many as flowers and leaves you can.
Pro tip 1: Purple orange and yellow flowers are the best for pressing.
Pro tip 2: Stay away from white flowers they tend to turn brown during the pressing process.
Step Three: Go back home.
Step Four: Give your dog food and water.
Step Five: Organise your flowers and leaves.
Pro tip 3: If you have found bigger flowers, pull them apart carefully. Petals are easier to dry.
Step Six: Play your favourite playlist.
Step Seven: On a dry flat surface, put down a paper towel and then a tissue paper on top of that. Tissue paper protects your flowers from paper towel imprints (pro tip 4)
Step Eight: Put your flowers on top of the tissue paper, put another tissue paper on top of them and another paper towel on top of that.
Step Nine: Repeat Step 8 for three layers at the most. I prefer one or two layers for bigger and thicker flowers and max three layers for smaller flowers.
Step Ten: Put your flowers in the microwave and put a heavy microwave-safe dish on the top.
Step Eleven: Put the microwave on the lowest power and turn it on for one minute.
Step Twelve: Dance around the kitchen for a minute.
Step Thirteen: Check the flowers. If they are not dry, repeat Ssteps 11 and 12 until dry.
Step Fourteen: Draw your desired shape on a piece of paper. I use the eraser a lot at this stage as I am not good at drawing.
Step Fifteen: Fill inside or outside of your shape with pressed flowers and leaves using glue.
Pro tip 5: Do a preliminary arrangement before sticking everything down.
Step Sixteen: Fame your artwork.
Step seventeen: It’ s done. Go and see your mum, take your dog with you if possible.