DIY doesn't neccessarily mean tools and timber - there are plenty of creative projects you can do at home with materials found in your garden.
Flower pressing is an easy way to preserve your blooms and can be made into a variety of beautiful creations. With limited tools required, the whole family can get involved to make their own unique projects. Whether it be artwork for the house or a gift for others, flower pressing is a fun, relaxed craft and is a great way to preserve your favourite blooms.
For some crafting inspiration, here are three easy, beautiful projects that everyone will love.
#1 Botanical artwork
You’ll Need: Pressed flowers, picture frame, PVA glue, paint brush, white card to fit the frame.
Method: Arrange your flowers onto the white cardstock in the pattern you choose. Once in position, glue them to the cardstock and wait to dry. Once complete, frame the cardstock and select a place in your home to hang your floral artwork.
#2 Pressed flower coasters
You’ll Need: Pressed flowers, 4-inch round silicone moulds (coaster size), silicone mould release spray, plastic cups, clear epoxy resin and hardener, paddle pop sticks and self-adhesive clear rubber dots.
Method: Firstly, spray the silicone mould with release spray. This will help to remove the coasters after they have dried.
Then, mix resin and hardener into a plastic cup. Poor a small layer of the resin mix into your silicone mould. Keep in mind the bottom of your mould will be the top of the coaster.
Once poured, gently place your pressed flowers over the first layer of resin mix and then apply another layer to finish.
Wait until resin feels solid before removing from the mould. You now have your coaster!
#3 Floral bookmarks and gift tags
You’ll Need: Pressed flowers, laminate paper, laminate machine, cardstock.
Method: To make a clear flower bookmark, arrange and position your flowers directly on the laminate paper, and enter through the laminator. Once complete, cut the pressed-flower paper into bookmark-sized strips.
For a coloured background to your bookmark, cut out bookmark-size strips of cardstock before placing your flowers on it and putting through the laminator.
Follow the same steps for making the gift tags, but cut cardstock to your chosen luggage tag size. After laminating, punch a hole at the top and tie to your gift with twine.