|

Flower and Leaf Preservation

Time: One hour or more

Materials needed:

  • Old phone book
  • Collection of colorful leaves, grasses, flowers, herbs
  • Craft glue
  • Plain note cards/postcards/watercolor paper
Take a nature walk with on a clear, dry day. Collect any attractive flowers, leaves, grasses, and herbs. At home, separate each stalk or blossom, and place between the pages of the phone book. Use a different page for each specimen, spacing them well apart from each other.

Place the phone book in a cool, dry place for a week to ten days. Your leaves will then be totally dry and ready for use.

Carefully apply craft glue, just a dab, to the back of your dried leaf or flower. Center it on a note card for a single design or place several as a collage on a sheet of watercolor paper, which can later be framed.

Your phone book/leaf press can be used over and over again. Flowers may be stored in them for several months.

Did You Know?

In Victorian times people planted decorative gardens and often preserved their herbs and flowers in a leaf press. Certain flowers were thought to mean certain things: rosemary for remembrance; roses for undying love; lavender for devotion; oak leaves for strength. A notecard that used the fragrant language of flowers conveyed more than words.

More on: Crafts for Kids

|


highlights

7 Tips to Childproof Your Smartphone
Before you hand over your smartphone or tablet, follow these childproofing tips to help keep both your child and your device safe.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

11 Survival Tips for Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters for children of all ages.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks