How to Press Botanicals for Inexpensive Artwork
Pressing botanicals is a simple and easy way to add artwork to your home. The creative possibilities are endless and inexpensive.
Hot Glue Gun
- 2 pieces Cardstock
- 1 pieces Backing Paper Can use cardstock
- Several Flowers and Leaves Use a variety
- 1 stick Hot Glue
- 1 Picture Frame
Place botanicals between bardstock on ironing board. Make sure the leaves or flowers are laying flat against the bottom piece of cardstock.
Press botanicals with a warm iron. Check frequently to make sure they don't get overheated and discolored.
Attach botanicals to backing paper using hot glue. Only a few drops are needed.
Place botanicals in frame
Enjoy your artwork!
- Practice on some extra flowers first. Don't start by trying to press your favorite flowers...especially if you have a limited supply.
- Different flowers and leaves will require different amounts of time to dry under the iron. I would check them frequently to avoid overheating them and causing them to turn black. This happened to me a few times.
- Once the flowers are dried, they will be more delicate and easier to break. Even if some of my flowers broke, I could still piece some of them together on the backing paper using hot glue.
- Keep some tweezers handy just in case they stick to the cardstock. They will make them easier to remove.