TIME OUT! Summer vacation. Time to change the daily routine and try something new — take a vacation, camp out at a different site, catch up on movies.
In terms of crafts, it means exploring a new medium or learning what it takes to produce something we use that we normally purchase ready-made and take for granted. A few years ago, someone gave me a Klutz craft book for kids for a Christmas present. Although it explored a medium I had never tried, I put it aside. (Too simple! It’s written for 10-year-olds, I thought ) But one day I wanted to do something different and looked at it seriously. Then I tried the clearly illustrated projects and, during the course of two hours, I had a wonderful time. What worked for kids surely did work for me.
How to Press Flowers
How to arrange your flowers for pressing depends on the shape. Klutz suggests: Press your flower face down, or sideways. It’s easiest to press daisy-like flowers face-down. Trim off the stem and flatten the back of the flower center so the flower can lie flatter. Press single petals if you want to. After drying you can put them back together to look like the original flower or use them by themselves in original designs. If the flower is thick, cut it in half. And if it is really lumpy, pull out some of the center petals.
When you’ve dried several flowers and leaves, use them for crafts projects, such as these.
What You Need:
- A plain box (made out of cardboard, wood, metal, or even paper maché)
- Pressed flowers and leaves
- Acrylic paints (optional)
- Craft brush
- Diluted white glue (Squeeze some glue into a small cup or jar. Add the same amount of water. Use your brush to mix the two together. )
- For making Hat Pins and Stickpins Decorations, check out this post
What You Do:
1) Start out by painting the box with acrylic paint. You can paint the sides of the box lid in a contrasting color. Let the paint dry before adding your flowers.
2) Arrange pressed flowers and leaves and glue in place. Let dry.
3) Brush an overcoat of diluted white glue over everything. Let the glue dry. You can brush on more layers of diluted glue after the first coat dries to add extra protection–a good idea if your box will be handled a lot.
After you’ve finished a box, try decorating ready-made picture frames and mats, recycling a candy tin or sprucing up your lunch box. If you want to learn how to make decorations from cardboard and clothespins, click here.