Friday, October 11, 2013

DIY Flower Press - How to make your own flower press

Today we got to play with our newly Daddy made DIY flower press.

We're loving the fresh Spring mornings and the long sunny afternoons of late. Our garden is getting lots of attention and the girls are enjoying running about on the lawns. And of course the girls love to pick flowers...which thankfully we have quite a variety of at the moment!

A month or so ago I saw this great post on making a flower press. I just knew this was perfect for my garden loving Miss Daisy (and Li'l Peppa too) so I sent the link to Daddy with a pretty please attached!

I'm not sure how exactly Daddy made it (he basically cut two pieces of wood, drilled 8 holes and gathered the right screws/wing-nuts) but there's great instructions at the link above so be sure to visit if you're not sure. Isn't his wood burning a delightful addition!
When we placed our flowers in the press I added in some cardboard and the tissue paper sheets.

Just For Daisy: DIY Flower Press

First step of course is collecting flowers and little sister was very happy to hold the basket while we gathered the goods! Miss Daisy enjoyed walking from one corner of our yard to the other and collecting a variety of flowers!
We had scissors on hand for cutting longer stems.. but any excuse for scissors is a good one round here.

Just For Daisy: DIY Flower Press

Just For Daisy: DIY Flower Press


Just For Daisy: DIY Flower Press

I allowed Miss Daisy to order the flowers on the tissue as she pleased, she had already got the idea of what would happen to them between the wood sheets. Although I think she'll be surprised when she next sees them all the same! She wanted to include all that we had gathered... so we talked about perhaps including less and using some for something else...
Just For Daisy: DIY Flower Press

Unfortunately her beautifully laid (and very thick) arrangement blew away in the wind so once we'd picked them all up she happily told me I could do it and ran off across the yard with Li'l Peppa in tow! So I rearranged them with a little less of our collection included and layered the cardboard, tissue, flowers, tissue, cardboard between the wood boards.

Then we screwed the wing-nuts nice and tight and popped our flower press inside on a high shelf to 'forget about' for a week or two or three :)

We made rosy tea with our leftover flowers and a few added camellias from our tree.

Making your own flower press is a really simple DIY that you should definitely make for the little people in your life! And perhaps yourself too! We can't wait to see our 'squashed' flowers and will definitely show you what we create with them when we're done!

Just For Daisy: DIY Flower Press

Just For Daisy: DIY Flower Press