Fall is the perfect time to save some of your favorite flowers and greenery before the cold temperatures come in. You also need to be on the lookout for beautiful leaves that are changing colors so you can snatch them up before the color fades away. I love the look of a pressed botanical in a simple, classic frame.
Here’s the step-by-step tutorial on how I made my pressed botanicals. I’ve linked the supplies below in order to take the guessing out of it. Having a game plan before any project makes everything so much easier so I’ve included all the deets below.
THINGS YOU’LL NEED:
- Flat leafed plant (free)
- 22″ x 30″ Cold Press Moulin du Roy Paper ($10.99)
- 335 White 16″ x 20″ Canson Mi-Teintes Art Board ($5.29)
- Elmer’s No-Wrinkle Rubber Cement ($5.99)
First, pick out your perfect plant specimen and clip an adequately sized portion to take with you, or bring your paper to make sure the leaf will fit. You really can’t go wrong with a fern. The thin, flat fronds of a fern make pressing them a piece of cake. And I think they’re lovely to look at.
Next, lie them flat between the pages of a really thick book and stack other big books on top. Just be sure to use an old book or one that you wouldn’t mind being less-than-perfect. The plants may stain the pages of your book or cause the page to become wavy, so you can use parchment paper to help protect them. Or you can opt for slipping the leaves inside cardboard and then stacking books on top of the cardboard. Either way, leave them alone for one week.
Lastly, I carefully glued the special paper to my art board for support. After the week had passed, I placed small amounts of rubber cement onto the leaf and gently pressed it to the paper. After the drying process was complete, I framed it and made a gallery wall with a few other plants.
You can go one step further and hire a calligrapher (or try yourself) to write the scientific names in the lower right-hand corner to really make it look official! I hope this DIY has inspired you to make beautiful pressed botanicals of your own. It really is that simple. Let me know how they turn out!