Hello! My name is Evie. I’m a niece of Melody and Kathy, and have been a guest and helper at Brave Girl Camp. It’s exciting and meaningful for me to be able to share this project with you! Making things by hand “centers” me, which is one of the reasons I started my blog, Domestic Whimsy. Over the course of the past year, I have really tried to tap into my creative energy. That part of ourselves can get covered up by so many things…finances, personal struggles, stress, family issues, grief, you name it. I used to not make nearly as much time for creativity…but as I’ve grown older it has become clear to me that I am a happier, more content “me” when I am creating something.
I must share this quote by the late, great Maya Angelou:
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
Thank you for letting me share a part of my story with you. Now onto the project!
DIY Commemorative Pressed Flowers
I’m a pretty nostalgic person…I can easily get caught up with past decades and imagining living in a particular era! Since flowers have a short life span, pressing them is a nice way to keep them as a token of a particular event or season. You could apply this to a wedding bouquet, your first year living in a new place, perhaps a gift for someone who likes a particular color or flower.
Based on shape and size, some flowers, like roses, aren’t ideal for pressing. Smaller, thinner varieties tend to work best. I used a combination of pansies with two others that I honestly don’t know the name of. (Maybe you can help identify them?) These were planted in a pot that I had put in front of my house back in the spring…and I went ahead and picked a few before they lost their vitality. Here is what happened next…
Press the flowers: Back in May, I placed each flower between a folded piece of note paper. Then I put the pieces of paper inside of a thick hardcover book. To help flatten the flowers, the book got put underneath my pressure canner. That did the trick, let me tell you. Let this process happen for around 2-3 weeks.
And this is what I found 3 weeks later…can you believe that color?
Prepare the backdrop: Take your paper or fabric and cut it to the size of your frame (mine was an 8 x 10). Adhere it to a piece of cardboard to give it more structure so it isn’t flimsy inside the frame. I used double-sided tape, which was easy and quick!
Attach the flowers: Decide on how you want to orient the frame. I wanted my flowers to be put in a single row, so it made sense to have the frame set horizontally. Now take your delicate flowers and glue them to the paper/fabric. A dab of rubber cement will do. You really won’t need much since the flowers are so light.
Make a plaque (optional): Cut out some paper and paint or write on it…it could say “Our Wedding”… “Flowers for Baby”… whatever your heart desires. You could even use alphabet stamps for the lettering. I used this paper that I had on hand because it has that gold metal plaque look to it. Glue this onto the same surface that your flowers are on. Make sure you let any paint dry before placing it in the frame.
Frame it: This is the easiest step ever! And…you’re done!
Have you tried flower pressing before? Or, are there any questions that you have?
Have a blessed day,