PRESSED AND FRAMED FLOWERS: Art for the Living Room
Pressing and Framing Flowers: Learning Patience
For Christmas, my son’s girlfriend, Emily, gave me a set of floating frames to put pressed flowers in. Now, I LOVE getting gifts that I can play with so I was eager to get started, but being the dead of winter, I did not have ay flowers to press. I was going to have to learn some patience and wait for some spring time blooms.
As soon as the first dogwood and bleeding hearts flowered, I started snipping. I will confess that the dogwood actually grows in my neighbor’s yard, but I love it and they are nice and they share. Nothing like good neighbors! I went after the buds on my Eastern Red Bud, which was a little challenging because the blooms are really close to the branch. So I searched out the skinniest young branches.
From there the blooms went into my fancy flower press – an old phone book. I lined the pages with paper towels, which was probably not the best move because the more fragile flowers ended up with a waffled texture. On top of the phone book, I piled some heavy books and a set of ankle weights, which haven’t been use in a very long time. Now, more patience was required. Boy, this waiting part is tough for me.
After months of waiting, finally my flowers were ready! They all looked good, something I had not expected. My patience was paying off in more ways than one. While I was waiting, I came across some flowers that my kids had pressed when they were very young and I had never done anything with them. Now, I had more flowers than space in my frames. But, patience and trash picking pay off once again. A few weeks ago, some neighbors had a yard sale. At the end of the day, they set out a table with free items that hadn’t sold. That’s where I scored these little treasures.
I wanted to use these frames for more pressed flowers too, but I needed them to coordinate with the gifted frames and I loved the floating look of the frames Emily had given me. So I removed the backs of the trashed picked frames and replaced them with another piece of glass. Then I spray painted the frames with some hammered black paint I had around.
All that was left was some assembly. I did have to put some tiny pieces of folded paper behind the thinner blooms so that they didn’t slide around. I braided some garden twine to hang the smaller frames and voila, something to hang on the boring living room wall. I used some painters tape to hang some paper cut to the same size as the frames so I could figure out exactly how I wanted to hang them without putting any extra nail holes in the wall.
The gift just keeps on giving! Thanks Emily!