Mother’s Day is approaching and if you’re looking for something easy, inexpensive, and beautiful to make with the kids, I have an idea for you: pressed flowers! I know what you’re thinking – Mother’s Day is this Sunday and pressing flowers usually requires time. Well did you know that you can actually press flowers in the microwave?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh cut flowers and foliage of your choice
- Two stiff pieces of cardboard
- Blotting paper (I used parchment and it seemed to work fine)
- A piece or two of tile, or a plate
- A laminator, such as this Scotch Thermal Laminating Machine (or contact paper)
Start by collecting your flowers. You might think you don’t have anything that will work, but take a good look.
Here are some flowers and leaves my daughter and I snipped a few weeks back. Even common weeds like dandelion and clover look pretty when pressed. If you’re really stumped for flowers, try taking a nature walk to a nearby greenbelt.
Here’s what I picked for today’s craft:
From here, you are going to microwave on reduced power (I did 50%) for one minute at a time. After each minute, check the done-ness of your flowers. I found that some of the smaller leaves were done at about 3-4 minutes, but the bigger flowers took over 6 minutes.
While you are microwaving your flowers, you might want to fire up the laminator. I’m using this Scotch Thermal Laminator I got on Amazon a couple years back. It’s a great little machine for crafting projects like this and I highly recommend it. It’s currently priced at $30. All you do is plug it in, hit power and wait until the green light comes on. If you do not have a laminator? You could just use some contact paper.
Once the flowers are done, arrange in a laminating sheet and slide it through. Voila! Pressed flower bookmark in about 30 minutes!
This craft is quick, easy, and I think it’s really pretty! You could personalize the bookmarks further by including a small photo or a “happy mother’s day” card in the bookmark when you laminate it.
I hope this gives you a good idea for a Mother’s Day gift if you were looking for one!