This is a super simple project for saving some springtime flowers, a bouquet you want don’t want to get rid of or for documenting herbs in your grimoire! It’s also cheap as you will have most of the items you need from nature or in your home. If you plan to harvest flowers, PLEASE do your research before you pick them. To the flowers!~
1. Gather your materials.
You will need scissors, tissue paper, flowers or herbs, a large book and heavy items to stack on top of the book (other books, weights, etc.) If you don’t have tissue paper, use toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue, or culinary parchment paper. Pick too many flowers? Leave them as an offering or spruce up your altar!
2. Place the tissue paper in your book and arrange your flowers for pressing.
Please use a book you don’t mind getting ruined! Some of the color from the flowers may bleed onto the pages, especially if you are using highly pigmented flowers. I use an old textbook for flower pressing. Arrange your flowers so that they all have space. If you stack them while pressing, you will end up with wrinkles in your flowers.
3. Close the book, place heavy items on it and wait.
Close the book while making sure all of the flowers still have room. Stack other books or weights on the book to ensure a good press. Let the flowers press for seven days or longer. Leaves and petals are already relatively flat so they take about a week. However, bigger flowers take longer to flatten so leave them pressed for about three weeks.
Craft Ideas for your Pressed Flowers~
- Decoupage literally anything (offering dishes, trays, frames, etc.) - Make bookmarks - Framed wall art - Collage with other media - Cards - Floral candles - Decorate your book of shadows - Document your work with herbs
Happy Official Spring to my gardening kinsmen and any budding green thumbs! Another season is upon us and I do hope to find more time this year to blog. I’ve been…absent these past few months to due work.
Anyhoot, the Hubs and I have been at this micro-homesteading thing for only a few years. We’re still noobs, but every year we translate new learnings to reoptimize our 100ft by 90feet growing space for greater productivity. Inevitably, we revisit the topic of how much food (fruits, veggies, eggs at the moment) we need to produce to sustain 2 adults for a calendar year. While our personal situation makes this quite improbable at the moment, we discovered that we can easily grow a year’s worth of our favorite herbs (and some spices).
Mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, shiso, savory, cilantro, parsley, scallions, mitsuba, and so many more! Pound for pound, herbs are one of the most expensive items in grocery stores. Growing fresh organic herbs and drying the excess for winter storage is a very attainable goal for many folks, so if you are new to gardening, this is a very practicable place to start.
Here’s to a beautiful and productive growing season~
I have a love affair with stinging nettle. Stinging nettle is one of my favorite plants to harvest in the wild. I love to dry the leaves & grind them up to add into soups & smoothies. Eating nettle helps relieve allergies & it’s super high in iron & other vitamins. There are far more benefits than I can put in this post to sing her praises <3.