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Options for Using Pressed Flowers

Got lots of pressed flowers and your fingers are ready for creativity? Ever wondered if there are more ways to display pressed flowers other than on a piece of paper? The world is your oyster. There are more ways to use your pressings than you thought possible.

Here are some ways in which you can utilise your pressed flower stash. There are many options for using pressed flowers. Just think outside the box (or off the page) and you'll be amazed how amenable pressed flowers can be!

  • Adorn wooden furniture or anything wooden - tables, desks, chairs, cupboard fronts, door panels, jewellery chests, internal window shutters; tray base; or put them on a plain wooden photo/picture frame

  • Set your flowers in jewellery findings

  • Set them in resin – to make ornaments or jewellery

  • Use flowers and leaves in dressing table sets.

  • Decorate a book cover

  • Brighten up a terracotta pot with your flower creations

  • Put your designs on glass jars or bottles - either directly or pasted on to a piece of paper which is then sealed onto the glass

  • Place on papier maché items sealing them with mod podge

  • Decorate large candles (for decorative purposes only)

  • Paper - place cards; gift wrap and gift tags; stationery (sheets for writing or cards

  • Make a picture in a frame placing your flowers on either paper or natural fabrics

  • Place on plexiglass or in a glass botanical frame

  • Last but not least, put flower designs in a shoji screen

This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have got a pressed flower obsession, then I’m sure you can think of all sorts of other ways that you can use your leaves, stems, tendrils, seeds, flowers and even sliced fruit and vegetables.

Remember to let the glue dry that you have used to stick your flowers down with. Otherwise sealing your design when slightly ‘glue-wet’ may create a mouldy mess in time!

When placing pressed flowers on anything wooden you must remember to seal your creation. Two to three layers of water-based clear matt varnish over your pressed items will prevent any damage happening to them. It is essential that you let each coat of varnish dry before applying the next coat. Sealing with varnish ensures that your flowers will be oxygen-free and the colours will hopefully last a lot longer (just as long as your creations are kept away from sunlight, harsh heat and humid atmospheres).

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