Happy Spring! I'm Esther from whollyKao, and I'm excited to be guest posting on Pamplemousse! Today's I'm going to show you how to make your own pressed flower frames. It's a great way to preserve flowers from bouquets, or the pretties from your back yard.
For this project, you're going to need:
-picture frames (the size is up to you)
-dried flowers (I used flowers from the back yard and pressed them inside heavy books for a couple weeks)
-gel medium (or Mod Podge/glue)
-a small paintbrush
-Thick card stock (**A great alternative to using plain card stock is to paint the page with watercolors first. Then you'd have a lovely and subtly color to complement your flowers.)
Cut your card stock to the same size as the glass in your picture frames.
I got these rustic-looking frames at the Canton Market over here in Texas. But I'm sure you can find some great ones in thrift stores or yard sales.
Assemble your flowers before gluing.
It's a good idea to plan out what you want to do before you first. I played around with different flower arrangements, laying them on top of my cut card stock until I was happy with a setup. I took a picture on my phone to use as reference for later.
Glue! Use your small paint brush to put the adhesive on the back side of the flowers. It's best to put the flowers on top of a paper towel so that the glue doesn't get everywhere.
I used an acrylic gel medium, because that's what I had at home. You can also use Mod Podge, Tacky Glue or even Elmer's. The paint brush gives you great control, especially if you're working with small flowers.
It's time to adhere your flowers to your card stock! Do this layer by layer and make sure to press down on all areas of the flower after you've laid it on the card stock. This is when that pic you took in Step two comes in handy.
Let the glue dry, then place the card stock into its frame. You're done! Now go hang up your frames and enjoy!