We recently participated in a nature pal exchange #naturepalexchange on Instagram where they pair you with someone from a different part of the country and you trade nature treasures that you find. The whole experience was so fun! We had the opportunity to explore, collect, and then try to identify the items that we collected. I cheated a little and used Daddy’s help in teaching them how to use field guides. He’s a highschool science teacher. Yay!
One of the items we collected were flowers. But flowers are often so easily damaged that Sophia, my seven-year-old daughter, and I decided to make a craft out of the flowers. We love to craft together.
The first thing we did was to press them. My nursing books from the 1900’s are coming in handy again. They were the perfect books to press flowers in, nice and heavy. We placed them in wax paper to protect the pages just in case I ever need to use the books again. 😉 They sell really cute flower Nature Presses on Amazon but we didn’t have one.
We left the flowers alone for a few days to make sure they were good and pressed. Joey had cut wood slices at Christmas so we decided to modgepodge (that’s a verb, right) our flowers onto the wood slices. The flowers were very delicate and fragile. I found this craft somewhat difficult for little fingers. A few flowers might have been damaged with this craft. 🙂 We found it was best to lightly apply the modge podge from the center out. When the flower is firmly attached to the wood slice, allow it to dry as directed.
I just wish we had been able to engrave them with the latin name for each flower onto the wood slices, but we didn’t have a wood Micro Engraver. I am hoping to remedy that shortly.
There are so many fun things to do with the pressed flower wood slices; magnets, garland, wall art or coasters (if your flowers are flat enough) to name just a few. You can find even more ideas here. There are so many possibilities. Have fun making yours…