Make your own festive greeting cards with pressed flowers from your garden
Pressed flowers for greeting cardsPressing flowers was a common hobby in the Victorian era as a way to preserve the beauty of a season all year. The preserved flowers are gathered into an ensemble on a page and secured with a small blob of glue. When they’re arranged with thought and care, they bring delight into the home, or into the hearts of those who receive them as greeting cards. In today’s consumer-driven world it is easy to purchase a greeting card and personalise it with your own message. With relatives who are separated by many miles, and many South Africans homesick overseas, the most original and thoughtful way to send them a piece of your heart is to send them a garden. A garden minus the soil. A garden’s worth of flowers - immortalised in the peak of their beauty - on paper.
How to make your own pressed flower greeting cardsPressed flowers are about to make a come-back in the craft scene, and personalised greeting cards are always in. Unfortunately, not all flowers can be pressed, some contain too much sap and tend to rot. Others may have a thickened area that doesn’t flatten well. It’s important to know which flowers can be pressed and which ones you have to simply enjoy while they bloom on the plant. Daylilies, so named because each flower only lasts one day, will last a lifetime once dried. They’re every bit as majestic when they’re preserved, making a lovely statement piece on the front of a Christmas greeting card.
What you need to make your own preserved flower greeting card:
- Flowering bulbs: Dahlias, Daylilies, Gladioli, and Irises.
- Heavy books - encyclopedia or phonebooks
- A heavy article, a cinder block or a brick
- Clear-drying wood glue
- White typing paper
- Scissors for harvesting flowers