Happy April y’all! Spring is finally here and although times are weird right now, we are really enjoying the warmer temps and sunshine! Getting outside, even just to sit on the porch is so refreshing! We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy, and trying to make the best of this extra time at home and with family. We know the days are long and the stir crazy is setting in, but we’re doing our best to bring fresh content and fun activities for you and your family to do together!
This flower press art is so easy to make. The finished product can be a framed piece that gets hung on the wall or placed on a shelf, or another addition to your child’s artwork on the fridge!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh flowers (This can be a fun activity in and of itself! Take a walk with your kids and find flowers to pick on a nature trail or around your neighborhood.)
- Watercolor Paper (We got ours at Michael’s. You can order online and have it shipped or use their curbside pickup option!)
- Paper towel
To make your flower press art, follow the steps below:
- Take the stems off all the flowers, but leave the base of the stem attached, or else the petals fall out. Then arrange and place the flowers face down on a piece of watercolor paper.
- Lay a paper towel over the flowers, then gently hit and press the flowers onto the paper. You’ll see the colors start bleeding through the paper towel. Some parts of the flower will not transfer as well and there will some white spots. It helps to press on those parts firmly with the hammer and smear them into the watercolor paper.
- Lift up the paper towel to see how it’s transferring. You may need to add in more flowers or keep pressing and smearing till you fill in blank spots and get the look you want.
- Remove the paper towel and flower petals from the paper.
We love the watercolor effect this creates, and we especially love that this can be both a decorative piece and a fun activity to do with your kids! Snap a photo working on your flower press art, and be sure to tag @chalkfulloflove!