Several years ago I did a quick and simple tutorial on how I turned a small collection of pressed flowers into some sentimental art, and I recently did that again and wanted to show you how it turned out.
Two weeks ago, I vacationed in Naples, Florida with my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, niece (pictured upper left-hand corner in the pic below), and my husband:
(oh, and with some alligators, pelicans, and dolphins, too.)
I had such a wonderful time that I wanted to commemorate the trip with some botanical art. I clipped several flowers from around the condo where we were staying and pressed them in paper towels in one of the books I brought on vacation:
Then, this Saturday I was garage saling and luckily came upon some simple, in-good-shape black frames for really cheap so I grabbed a few:
Then I laid out all of the flowers I had collected/pressed and played with various ways to frame them:
Once I knew how I wanted the flowers to be arranged on my white 5x7 background paper, I got out my Modge Podge and an old paint brush:
I brushed Modge Podge on the backside of each flower and stem and placed each one carefully on the page where I wanted it to go (this was a little tricky since pressed flower petals are like tissue paper, so thin and fragile).
I had a few leaves that went over the edge of the paper, so I ended up trimming those so the edge was perfectly straight and it would fit into the simple picture frame.
Oh and of course, so that I would always remember where the flowers came from, I used an archival ink pen to write "Florida 2013" in the upper corner:
Love how they turned out:
Still trying to find a spot for the framed singular flower, but the frame with all the smaller flowers earned a spot on my bedroom wall:
This took less than 10 minutes and cost me a mere fifty cents, and I think it's a fun way to remember a wonderful trip. I only wish I had thought to college flowers on any other meaningful trip I've ever taken... can you imagine how beautiful it would look to have a wall of pressed flower art from all the places you've visited? :)