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When I was young I would spend all day, everyday working on art projects. My cut out doll had more outfits than I’ve ever had in my life, my dollhouse was redecorated down to new floors and wallpaper every week, and my parents drawers were stuffed full of my drawings and paintings. It’s really no surprise that as an adult I’ve chosen to pursue a creative career path!
When I was little I had a flower press that I played around with on rainy days but I can’t actually remember ever making anything of note. I have a feeling that with my youthful impatience the 2-4 week drying time it takes to make a properly pressed flower made this activity not my favourite. Well, I think I have gained a little patience in my older age and last week I wanted to give flower pressing a try again. My love for flowers has definitely grown since I was a child and I am currently in the process of decorating my new apartment and adding art to all of the walls is definitely a priority. I love the look of botanical prints and decided to try my hand at creating them myself using real flowers from my garden. So here I am, 25 years later, giving a flower press a try for the second time.
So, to press flowers, first you need a flower press. Do they even make those in the year 2018? Honestly, I kind of doubt it. Luckily, they are incredibly easy to make at home! Today I am going to teach you how to make a flower press and, in a few weeks time, I’ll follow up with how to display your beautifully pressed flowers.
Your flower press is complete!
Now, to make your pressed flowers, pick specimens that don’t have too much depth to start. For example, I loved playing with these cosmos because they are nice and flat and with one face but a hydrangea would be challenging and likely end up a bit of a jumbled mess of petals. Place your flowers as flat as you can on your paper and place them how you would like them to flatten. Doing this well will take time…I’m definitely still learning! Once you have your flowers in place, put the top paper on and tiger
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