Date : April 25, 2020
Pressed flower craft is back and just in time for Mother’s Day! Despite it being autumn, some Australian native flowers are still in bloom. If it’s been too hot over summer for backyard maintenance, you’ve probably got some weeds in the lawn, too. But these are going to be perfect for our pressed flower keyring or pendant craft activity. It’s the ideal gift for Mother’s Day.
If you’re at home due to school holidays or in self-isolation from coronavirus, you may not have all the craft materials. However, I have included links on where you can purchase these items online. You can also simply press the flowers and get the craft materials at a later stage.
Materials You’ll Need
Clear Photo Frame Key Ring – Available at Discount and Craft Stores or online here
Necklace (optional) Available at Discount and Craft Stores or online here
Heavy Books (We used our May Gibbs Book Collection, protecting the pages with baking paper and paper towel)
Cut flowers and stems
1. Collect some small flowers and stems from the backyard. Bottlebrush petals, weeds and any small flower petals are perfect for this craft.
2. Get your baking paper and paper towel to line the inner pages of a book.
3. Place your flowers on the baking paper and close the book. The May Gibbs Collection of books is perfect for a flower press. Place the book with the pressed flowers at the bottom of a stack and place heavy books on top. Keep the flowers pressed for a minimum of 10 days.
4. After 10 days, remove your flower press book and open the pages of the pressed flowers. Remove the screen covers from your photo key ring. This part is tricky, so this video shows how to do it. Alternatively, get an adult to help you.
5. Place the pressed flowers into the key frame and place the plastic cover on top. If your stems or petals are too thick, the cover won’t fit into the frame. Trim off any thick buds to get a tight fit.
6. Your key ring is made! Alternatively, you can remove the key ring part and turn the pressed flower frame into a pendant on a necklace.
This craft idea is a beautiful gift idea for Mother’s Day. As much of the country is self-isolating at home due to coronavirus, if you can’t access supplies, keep the pressed flowers until you can get the items you need.
Contributed By Crafty Bec
Crafty Bec is here to help stimulate little imaginations and spark a creative flame in little people. Inspired by May Gibbs’ own passion for creative writing and art, Bec helps educators and mums to embrace nature inspired creativity.