Flowers & Leaves
“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”
The art of pressing flowers is nothing new--it was popular in Victorian times and began long before that.
I'm not sure why people are hesitant to try their hand at pressing their own flowers, believing they need fancy equipment or the patience of a saint. I am telling you the truth when I say this: there is NO easier craft than pressing a flower. Even small children can do this. The hard part is waiting a couple weeks until the flower is fully dried. (my favorite is when I forget I pressed a flower and then when I remember to check the press the excitement feels like getting a letter in the mail. A letter from a friend. In a pretty envelope!)
Supplies needed: a stack of books, a box of tissues, some flowers suitable for squishing (experiment--some are better than others, but why not just try it and see what happens!)
1) Open up a book and lay down a tissue to cover one of the pages, this is the "mattress" your flowers will "lay" on.
2) simply place your flowers one by one on top of that "tissue bed" you just set up. arrange them with a bit of room in between them (like cookies on a tray--not touching each other)
3) Now that you've laid them all out, it's time to cover them over with another tissue. Lay this tissue #2 on top of the flowers. It is their "blanket" that sandwiches them in between 2 tissues.
4) Shut the other half of the book down on top of the tissue bed-sandwich thingy.
5)stack a few heavy books on top of the flower-press-book so that it is shut tightly, and wait a couple weeks before opening.
6) When you open it up after 2 weeks, you will have a surprise: perfectly dried, paper thin flowers for you to use in your art & craft projects!