These make a beautiful gift for someone or look very pretty in your garden.
You will need: a jam jar, some flowers, a heavy book, some baking paper, some PVA glue, a small candle, PVA glue.
Collect some flowers from the garden. Take a piece of baking paper and fold it in half. Open up the paper, place the flowers face down, fold the paper over the top and then place the heavy book on top. Leave for at least 1 hour (ideally, longer). Check the flowers are flat.
If you have a microwave, place the flowers on the baking paper in the microwave and then heat in 10 second bursts until the flowers are dry (this will make the jars last a long time). If you don't, you can use the flowers before drying.
Using a paintbrush, dab some PVA glue on the inside of the jar. Stick the flowers onto the side with the glue. Then paint the PVA glue over the top. Leave to dry. Paint a second layer of PVA glue over the flowers to make sure they are protected from the rain/damp. Leave to dry again.
Now place a small tea light in the bottom of the jar and might up. The flowers look beautiful in the light and in the evening cast lovely shadows too.
[…] Once you are home, get 2 pieces of kitchen towel. Place the flowers carefully front down onto the first piece and cover with the second. Now place the heavy books (or book and heavy objects on top). Now for a bit of patience! You need to leave them for at least an hour, ideally overnight! Once they are flattened, you can dry them in the microwave. Place them on a plate and pop in for 10 second bursts until they feel like dry paper. If you don't have a microwave, you might want to leave them to dry naturally. This takes between 1-2 weeks during hot weather. Once the flowers are dry, you can create a beautiful pattern on the card and then stick them on. If you have sticky back plastic or a laminator, you might want to use them to stop any peeling, but this is not vital.Note: this week is flower week here. You might want to pick more flowers than you need and press them, so you have lots ready for all the activities. If you enjoyed this, you might also like our pressed flower lanterns. […]
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