Tuesday, 09 August 2016
I was recently sent a lovely flower pressing kit by my buddies at BigJigs to review. As an expert flower grower I had plenty of choice of pretty flowers to pick in the garden and see how they looked once they pressed. Read on to see what I thought of the flower press and what you can make from your pressed flowers…
The kit from BigJigs is made of a lovely wood with some pretty flowers and bugs painted on the front of it. It comes with some cardboard pieces inside to help you do your flower pressing, just add some parchment paper in between the cardboard and the flowers.
First you need to cut some flowers. You may need to ask a grown up to help you with bit, partly because they may not want you cutting off their prized roses but also because scissors and secateurs can be dangerous if you are not an expert like me!
Once you have chosen a selection of flowers, lay them out on your cardboard pieces ready to be pressed.
Next you need to tighten the screws really tightly and leave them to flatten – I left them overnight.
The next morning I had some really pretty, really flat flowers to see!
I decided I would like to make them into a bookmark so I chose a piece of card and then glued my flowers on to them.
Other ideas include making cards, decorate the front of a notebook, make pretty gift tags or just make a lovely picture.
It was a lovely thing to do during the summer holidays and a great way to preserve your pretty flowers. You can of course just use a large, heavy book to do your flower pressing but the kit is really handy, can be used again and again and is not expensive.
The flower pressing kit is available from BigJigs for £5.49.*
*Price correct at time of publication