Hey everyone! I’m Cassie from Dawn of the Dandelions and I love the Earth! The Earth is a wonderful place, but if you live in Wisconsin, like me, you get multiple seasons and can’t get the entire beautiful flora year round. So the best way to preserve that is to make pressed flowers or leaves.
Obviously the first thing that you need to do is collect your beautiful samples. Like most people, fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year because of all of the colors! But since it is the season of flora beginning to sleep there aren’t too many brightly colored flowers that you can use. Instead, you can preserve the pretty leaves that are changing!
Next you need a notebook or a picture frame to store your pretty projects. But the main part is how you dry them.
Now this all depends on what you want to spend, nothing or something. If you don’t want to spend anything you can place the flora in the notebook and place a lot of heavy objects on it for a long period of time. Downside, sometimes the colors will degrade.
If you want to spend a little something you can purchase that I use and LOVE is the Lee Valley Microwave Flower Press. This is TOTALLY worth every penny. It’s fast and easy and the colors still stick with the flowers!
The center photo shows all of the parts of the flower press, but essentially you place the flora in between the layers (which forms a sandwich), pop it in the microwave for 30 second intervals and VOILA! Pressed flowers!! *Key thing here is to try and get the plants to be as flat as possible within the sandwich.
Well then, what do you do with them? You display them of course!! I have that lovely notebook with my flowers or you can make really nice floral arrangements in frames. Otherwise, if you’re a freaky scientist like me, you can identify them with their scientific name and learn a little more about them!
Now with these super simple ways you can make your own natural masterpieces!!