Kids are fascinated by nature, so they are sure to love projects involving Pressed Flowers. This is a multi-stage craft because first your kids get to gather the flowers, then they learn how to press them, and then they turn the pressed flowers into beautiful springtime crafts.
How to Press Flowers
Pressing flowers is a simple craft that many kids enjoy. They’ll have a blast running around the local park looking for flowers and colorful leaves, then you can take them all home for pressing and to use in craft projects. When collecting flowers to press, it’s best to pick them after the morning dew has dried and pick them when they’ve almost hit their peak. To make your blooms look best when they are dried, pick the flowers with the stems then trim them and put them in a vase of water for a day or two until they really brighten up. When you’re ready to press the flowers, sandwich the flowers between sheets of clean printer paper and place them between the pages of a large book. You’ll need to let the flowers dry for about a week, maybe more, before you can use them.
Crafts for Kids Using Pressed Flowers
Once you and your kids have accumulated a variety of pressed flowers you can start using them in different craft projects. Here are some fun ides for pressed flower crafts:
- Pressed Flower Bookmark – Cut pieces of brown Kraft paper into rectangles then have your kids pick out the flowers they want to use. Trim the stems from the flowers and arrange them on the bookmark as desired. You can use a glue stick to attach the flowers or brush over them with decoupage medium. Once they dry, laminate them to protect the flowers.
- Wooden Coasters – Check your local craft store for rounds of sliced wood or, if you have a chainsaw, slice up a thick branch into ¼-inch slices. Paint the slices with decoupage medium then have your kids pick out and arrange their pressed flowers. Cover the flowers with another coat of decoupage medium and let it dry then use your new coasters!
- Decorated Candle – Take a pillar candle and use your pressed flowers to decorate it. You can do so by painting the candle with decoupage medium or you can melt a votive and help your kids paint the melted wax onto the candle and press the dried flowers into it.
- Greeting Cards – Help your kids make homemade cards for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or whatever holiday is closest, using their flowers to decorate the cards. You can also incorporate other natural elements like leaves or grass.
- Christmas Ornaments – Around the holidays you can purchase blank Christmas ornaments then you can help your kids decorate them with pressed flowers. Use decoupage medium to attach the flowers to the glass then have your kids embellish them with puffy paint.
Kids love to work with their hands, especially if it means getting them dirty. If you are looking for a fun springtime craft to do with your kids, try some of these pressed flower projects!