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Press Flowers with a Book

Flowers are so beautiful and they smell so refreshing, and the best part is that they are found naturally ouside. I mean you can't walk outside without seeing several different types of flowers. Even if you live in the city, you will probably still see some rogue flowers growing out of a brick sidewalk. If you live out in the suburbs or the country though, you will see them everywhere. So it is only natural that you would want to use some of those naturally-growing and "free" flowers in your next arts and crafts project.

Pressed flower art consists of drying flower petals and leaves in a flower press to flatten and exclude light and moisture. It has long been practised as an art form in China and in Japan.

The pressed flowers and leaves can be used in a variety of craft projects. Flowers makes everything look much prettier, for example, greeting card, resin jewelry, and ornaments.

Materials: * Flowers * Heavy book * Absorbent paper (parchment paper, coffee filters, thin cardboard) * Weight (can just be more books)

Step 1: Begin by preparing your flower. Pick flowers that have already been dried out from the sun. We went to our backyard and collected all sort of wild flowers.

Step 2: Open the book and place absorbent paper on the book’s pages. Make sure you choose a book that you don’t mind getting damaged. There is a chance that the water from the flower may cause the book pages to wrinkle.

Step 3: Position the blooms face down or on its side on parchment paper. If the bloom is globe shaped, you can cut it in half so that it’s easier to press.

Step 4: Carefully close the book, making sure not to move the flowers. Place more books or other weighty objects on top of the book.

Step 5: Let the flowers sit for 3-4 weeks.