Easy Pounded Flower Gift Ideas

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Spring is almost here and pretty soon there will be countless flowers awakening from the cold winter slumber. When that happens you can pick some blooms and turn them into easy gift ideas, like a framed quote or a paper-wrapped vase? The resulting paper from this craft almost resembles high end (and expensive) handmade pressed flower paper.

Materials:

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  • Watercolor paper (or thick paper)
  • Hammer
  • Painter’s tape
  • Fresh picked flowers
  • Scrap board
  • Scotch tape
  • Twine
  • Small brush

Instructions:

Lay one sheet of paper on top of the block of wood. Arrange your flowers on top of the paper and tape down any strands that don’t cooperate. (The flowers I picked are from wild money plant that grows in our woods.)

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Lay a second sheet of paper on top of the flowers.

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Pound the hammer around the paper until you have squished all of the flowers beneath. (This doubles as a stress relief exercise, trust me!)
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Peel apart the papers and you’ll have a pulpy mess.

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Remove the flowers and wipe off the excess bits and pieces with a clean brush.

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Look at that! You got two prints that are a mirror image.

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Print out a quote or type a message on coordinating paper and tear around it. Tape it onto flower paper.

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Put your verse artwork into a frame for a sweet gift to your sister, your mother or a friend.

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Take the other sheet and wrap it around a mason jar or vase.

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Wrap some twine around the paper to hold it in place. Add water to the vase and pop some fresh flowers in it.

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Quick and easy gift ideas. Mother’s Day is coming up, I’m sure your Mom would appreciate one or both of these gifts. And they only cost a pound! (Get it? Like a British £? I know I have a corny sense of humor. I can blame my Dad, it runs on his side of the family.) I also think I’ve been hammering nails a little too much lately. Leave me a comment if you have any corny jokes to share!

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Do you have any creative ideas for using this pretty flower paper? I set some up for the kids and they had a blast pounding flowers.

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Comments

  1. I love this! I’d like to feature it on my blog Tutorials and Patterns. Just a brief description with your photo and a link back to your tutorial. Give me a shout back if that is ok with you.

  2. Did you do something to get the flowers to look bluer/more watercolor-ish?
    Years ago out craft group made marble paper using shaving cream and stamp pad re-inkers. We’d cover the paper with a layer of shaving cream, then dot the ink on top. Using a chopstick, toothpick or end of a paintbrush, swirl ink. Be careful not to overwork or you can get mud. Lay another piece of paper on top and smooch down. Peel apart. Scrape cream off using an old credit card. Hang to dry or try a “second generation” on 2 clean sheets.
    Love your site!

  3. Love this idea! Very clever and no doubt I’ll give it a try ~ thanks for sharing …

  4. carolann says:

    This looks like much fun! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m going to be creating this soon.

  5. How clever this is Brittany! Being an artist myself I for sure thought you had painted this. It really appears that way…oh I must try this! Thank you for sharing this, so lovely!

  6. nancy carlson says:

    can’t wait for spring so I can try this on my homemade paper! Hurry Spring!!

  7. Crystal says:

    Love it!! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Very lovely! Thanks for the instructions! And I loved your corny bit of humor!

  9. Beautiful, thanks for sharing. The end results is so pretty and actually look like an oil painting. :)

  10. I love this! How inspiring. Thank you for sharing this idea :)

  11. Love this!

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