Pretty Dried Flower Placemat

Pretty Dried Flower Placemat

Posted 2013-03-06 by Jane Streetfollow
Finished placemat


This is a fun project to make a pretty dried flower placemat. It could make an ideal Mother's Day present. Older children will manage this easily on their own but younger children will need help from an adult with the lamination process. It takes a week or so to dry the flowers so you'll also need to plan in advance and be patient.

Time: 20 minutes plus 1 week drying time
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's, Over 10's, Any Age
Level: Medium

Materials
  • Flowers
  • Newspaper or old paper
  • Kitchen roll
  • Laminator and A4 laminating pouch
  • One sheet coloured paper
  • Large book or heavy weight

  • Method
  • Pick some pretty flowers from the garden (ask an adult first which ones are okay to collect). As colours may turn brown when the flowers are dried, look for interesting petal shapes. We discovered that fine flowers work better than ones with thick stems.

  • Flowers ready to press


  • Lay out a sheet of newspaper or old paper then put a sheet of kitchen roll on top. Arrange the flowers on the kitchen roll then put another piece of kitchen roll then another sheet of newspaper or old paper on top and press gently

  • Lay out the flowers onto absorbent paper



  • You can repeat with another layer of kitchen roll and flowers on top

  • Keep going with more layers if you need


  • Finish with a final layer of paper then squash the pile carefully with a large heavy book or weight. We used a brick with a flat placemat underneath to spread the weight

  • Squash down evenly with a heavy book or weight


  • Leave the flowers to dry for about a week and then carefully lift off the layers to reveal the dried flowers

  • One week later


  • Arrange a selection of flowers on a sheet of coloured paper and place carefully into a laminating pouch

  • Flowers laid out and ready for the laminating pouch


  • Laminate in a laminating machine

  • Younger kids will love watching the lamination process


    Your dried flower placemat is now ready to use. Please upload a picture your dried flower creation via the comments section - we'd love to see it!

    If you liked this activity, try Pansy Petal Butterflies

    Categories
    #flowers
    #placemat
    #mother 's_Day_present_ideas
    #under_5 's
    #5_to_10 's
    #over_10 's
    #any_age
    #medium
    #lamination

    %mykidcraft
    237777 - 2023-07-18 02:03:03

    Tags

    Easy
    5_to_10s
    Under_5s
    Any_age
    Over_10s
    Cheap
    Medium
    Recycled
    Paint
    Christmas
    Greeting_card
    Decoration
    Fun_food
    Easter
    Animals
    Copyright 2022 OatLabs ABN 18113479226