If you have followed my blog recently, you know that we have been camping this summer. You may have also noticed I love wildflowers. A lot.
On one of our trips I decided to pick a few and see if I could press them for later…
Nothing fancy of course (that’s not really my style). I simply tore a sheet of paper from my notebook, wrote down the location, folded the paper and sandwiched the flowers in there. I carefully placed the paper between the pages of a book. When we packed up to leave, I put the book beneath heavy items in the back seat.
When we got home, I kept the flowers in the book and placed a stack of heavy books on top for a few more days. And what do you know? They flattened out pretty nicely:
As I was getting ready to frame them, I ran across some leaves I had pressed many years ago from another camping trip (only it has been so long I don’t know where! The only thing I know is they were pressed when we still lived in California. So they are at least 5 years old). I was surprised at how green they still were:
I labeled each frame on the back so I will always know where the foliage was collected. Of course you can do this with any flowers or leaves that you want, but I like the idea of having reminders around the house of our travels. Now I just need to find a space on a wall for them!
If you are interested in more details about pressing greenery, Better Homes and Gardens has a lot of helpful info here: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/projects/make-pressed-flowers/