I would recommend picking at least two of each type of flower that you pick, so that you have options once they have been pressed.
CYA– don’t trespass to pick flowers from someone’s yard. I only picked along unattended fence lines to be sure not to go in anyone’s territory.
2 Choose your book
This might be the easiest part of the whole process. You literally just pick any book that you don’t mind messing up just a little. The books aren’t badly damaged, but flowers have a decent amount of moisture that seeps into the pages as the flower dries out. This causes a bit of wrinkling and discoloration to pages closest to the flower. I would choose a book that you aren’t planning on reading or have already read if the wrinkles will bother you.
Okay, maybe this is the easiest part. What do you think? You simply place the flowers onto a page somewhere in the middle of your book and close it!
4 Weigh down the book
Now this part may look a little silly. You just might have to deal with a messy looking pile of things on your book. I found my cast iron skillet set to be the perfect weight to close the pages of the book, but not be so heavy that I need help moving it. It does look a little silly though. The things we do for crafts. I’m sure Alex is glad this one is over; he is not a fan of clutter.
After 3-5 days, your flowers will be ready to frame! The longer that you wait on this, the better. The flowers will get thinner and thinner as the days go by. It’s so hard not to peek after the first day, but I would recommend waiting a few days before checking on the flowers. If you open the book while the flowers still have moisture, they may stick to the pages and pull petals off.
This part was so much fun! I did run into a couple of challenges when I did this, so here are my tips to make this simple process even easier!
-If you have flowers like my clovers pictured below, you might have a hard time getting thinner flowers to stay in place once you go vertically. This definitely shows the importance of letting those thick flowers press a little longer.
-You will have SO many fingerprints on this glass. I did my best to get all of the fingerprints off of the outside, but I’m just hopeful that no one gets close enough to them to really see the number on the inside. I’m really not sure how I could have avoided fingerprints on the inside any more than I did.
-Once you get the flowers arranged how you want, put the top frame over carefully so as to not move any of the flowers you have arranged. Keep the glass horizontal and pressed tightly until you are able to slide it into the frame. Keep the whole project horizontal until the glass is completely in place in the frame, then slowly and carefully invert the frame to upright.
Now you have a beautiful piece of art that you made yourself! It was so simple and only cost me about $20 totals for both frames. Wildflowers are free! I hope you enjoyed this craft.