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DIY Framed Flowers

By Whollykao @whollyKao

A couple months ago, I did a guest post on Pamplemousse!, which featured a tutorial on how to press and frame flowers. I thought I’d share the full tutorial with y’all today. It’s a great way to preserve flowers from bouquets (from those birthday or anniversary flowers!), or the pretties from your back yard. DIY framed flowersDIY framed flowersDIY framed flowers

DIY Framed Flowers
For this project, you’re going to need:

-picture frames (the size is up to you)
-dried flowers (I used flowers from the back yard and pressed them inside heavy books for a couple weeks)
-gel medium (or Mod Podge/glue)
-a small paintbrush
-Thick card stock (**A great alternative to using plain card stock is to paint the page with watercolors first. Then you’d have a lovely and subtly color to complement your flowers.)

Cut your card stock to the same size as the glass in your picture frames.

DIY framed flowers
I got these rustic-looking frames at the Canton Market over here in Texas. But I’m sure you can find some great ones in thrift stores or yard sales.

Assemble your flowers before glueing.

DIY framed flowers
It’s a good idea to plan out what you want to do before you first. I played around with different flower arrangements, laying them on top of my cut card stock until I was happy with a setup. I took a picture on my phone to use as reference for later.

Glue! Use your small paint brush to put the adhesive on the back side of the flowers. It’s best to put the flowers on top of a paper towel so that the glue doesn’t get everywhere.

DIY framed flowers
I used an acrylic gel medium, because that’s what I had at home. You can also use Mod Podge, Tacky Glue or even Elmer’s. The paint brush gives you great control, especially if you’re working with small flowers.

DIY framed flowers

It’s time to adhere your flowers to your card stock! Do this layer by layer and make sure to press down on all areas of the flower after you’ve laid it on the card stock. This is when that pic you took in Step two comes in handy.

DIY framed flowers

Let the glue dry, then place the card stock into its frame. You’re done! Now go hang up your frames and enjoy!

DIY framed flowers
DIY framed flowers
DIY framed flowers
DIY framed flowers

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