Pressed Flowers Crafts

June 30, 2005 by  
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Do you have to let a flower dry completely before laminating it?

I'm attempting a craft project involving pressing and then laminating flowers. I've already done a couple and they look great. The only problem is that I am worried that the flowers may rot or something as I did not let them dry completely before laminating them. What I did was I just pressed them flat for a number of hours and then laminated them before they got too thin or dry. Do you think this is going to be a problem down the road? Am I gonna have a moldy craft project or will they be fine? If you think this is gonna be a problem, what would you suggest? Would spraying them with a protective fixative first help? I want to make sure that they don't get too dry or brittle for me to be able to laminate them on my own. Thanks! 🙂

This is a general search link which might offer valid info. I really have no clue, but it seems that what degrades a flower petal is it's environment. Totally sealing it might stop that? OR might just trap those elements that will continue to work on the substance and color of the flower. Good luck.

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Simple Kid Craft Projects: Nature Crafts for Kids

Crafting with kids doesn't need to cost a lot of money. With a bit of creativity and inspiration, you can make a lot of fun kid craft projects out of pretty much nothing. Many craft supplies you can be found in nature. For example, Instead of buying stamps, you can replicate similar result by using everyday objects in the kitchen or the outdoors. You can create intricate shapes by cutting a potato in half and scooping out some of the center. You can also use rocks and leaves to create patterns and transfer them onto greeting cards, bookmarks, bed sheets and more.

To celebrate the end of summer and welcome the fall season, here are three simple kid craft projects using objects found in nature.

Pressed Flower Picture Nature Craft Gather the flowers. Press them between sheets of hardcover books. When the flowers are ready to be used (after about 2-3 weeks), take a piece of stock paper and gently glue the flower petals onto the paper. You and your kids can create pictures by arranging the flower petals in desired pattern.

Beach Treasure Pendant Nature Craft Collect some beach glasses or pebbles. Take a beading wire (about 1 foot long). Wind the wire all the way around the beach glass or pebble. Experiment with how you wire to create different results. Create a loop with the wire so you can make a necklace or bracelet by stringing a piece of ribbon or chain.

Leafy Print Nature Craft Take a leaf and brush the underside with paint. Place the painted leaf over a piece of paper or cloth, paint side down. Cover the whole area with paper tower and press hard against it for a few seconds. Lift the paper tower and gently peel the away. Repeat until you have created a pattern with your leafy print. This method can be used to make greeting cards or to decorate a plain grocery tote.

About the Author

Edda Shea is the author of Kid Craft Project website. It is a place for people who enjoy crafting with their kids. Click on this link for more nature crafts for kids.

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