While it’s a tried-and-true craft, pressing flowers remains a beautiful, easy way to create artwork or decorate a space. Source supplies from your local florist, your backyard, or a nearby nature hike—the wilder and more colorful your blooms, the better. You can also create your own flower press by fastening a couple of pieces of plywood together with adjustable handle screws. Be sure to line the plywood with a soft cloth or squares of cardboard to keep your flowers pristine. Pressed flowers can last a long time, especially when properly sealed, so try them on paper, glass, wood, or coated in resin. Attempt any of the creative ideas below for a pretty piece of artwork you can say you made yourself.
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Add a dose of rustic chic to your outfit-of-the-day with a piece of handmade jewelry. A bold pendant can be made using a pressed flower or two, but also looks amazing with a solo sprig of green. These lovely necklaces make great gifts too, so create a big batch to send to friends.
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For an inexpensive way to bring nature indoors, create a wax paper luminary with pressed wildflowers. These look especially lovely clustered in groups of three or four and placed near a sunny window. You can also try putting them outside in the evening with a fire-safe tea light inside it for a soothing twilight effect.
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Bring some color into your day-to-day with a vibrant, embellished cell phone case. Plain plastic cell phone covers are inexpensive and can be bought in bulk online, so buy a bunch to decorate with bouquets of pressed flowers. See the tutorial on Capture by Lucy for the steps and some pro tips.
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This craft couldn’t be easier, and framed pressed flowers look amazing when hung in clusters against a light source. Decorate your bathroom with this simple artwork for a country-chic vibe, or add them to a guest room for a homey pop of nature.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Dazzle house guests with this lovely do-it-yourself project. A complete set of four (or eight) coasters will wow your company, and add a pop of brightness to your coffee table or serving tray. Try using flowers of all one hue for a classic, monochromatic effect.
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An attractive serving tray is useful when hosting, or to add a little style a credenza. Try using pastel wildflowers and single leaves for a pretty, subdued vibe that'll work with most decor aesthetics. Make sure to seal with a clear topcoat to prevent any water rings.
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What’s better than curling up with a good book? Maybe holding your place with a lovely bookmark while getting up to refresh your drink? These pressed flower bookmarks are so easy and sweet, you’ll want to make one for every single novel in your library. This tutorial also utilizes faux petals, so if you don't have real flowers handy, you can still make one!
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Designer candles can be super expensive, so a romantic DIY version is often the way to go. Try using melted wax as an adhesive. It’ll burn safer than any sort of glue. Mimic a garden by clustering pressed blooms toward the bottom of the candle, then position them in a more scattered fashion toward the top.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Style presents with a lovely homemade gift tag. This pressed flower version couldn’t be easier. The rustic burlap string adds a country vibe, so keep the packaging minimal to let your DIY really shine. These also double as homemade ornaments, so don't hesitate to make quite a few.
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Hit the recycling bin to gather supplies for this pressed flower project—any clean glass container will work just fine. Glue pressed flowers onto the glass to create vases, storage containers, and serving vessels. Try making a matching set for your next afternoon tea or coffee service.