DIY Monogram Pressed Flower Art
This DIY monogram pressed flower art is one of the best pressed flower craft ideas you can make! Preserve and showcase flowers from a wedding or other special occasion in a beautiful way.
If I had to choose my favorite craft supply it would be a toss-up between candle wax and flowers. Flowers are certainly the prettiest of all craft supplies and compared to candle wax, they have a lot more versatility. If the varieties of flowers we have available to us aren’t versatile enough, they can also be used for craft and decor projects fresh, dried, and pressed.
I am a big fan of using flowers in my farmhouse projects from flower petal clear soap bars to dried flower candle wax melts and floating candle centerpieces. They add color and beauty to everything I make.
With the start of summer, we have wildflowers popping up everywhere around the farm. Queen Anne’s Lace along the edges of the cornfields, purple thistle in the cow pasture, and many more I have yet to identify.
As for the gardens we have purple saliva in bloom, sweet honeysuckle, heady lilacs, gorgeous peonies, and stalks of lambs ear close to blooming. With the farm fully in bloom, it’s the best time of year to create with flowers!
This DIY monogram pressed flower art is a cinch to make when flowers abound. And it’s one of the best pressed flower craft ideas for flowers you have saved from special occasions such as Mother’s Day or a wedding. And a monogram itself can add a personal touch to your farmhouse decor.
Rather you are new to decorating with flowers, I have never pressed a flower before, or have made pressed flower art – I know you’ll delight in the beauty and simplicity of the personalized pressed flower wall art! And I’ll help you every step of the way by sharing methods for how to press flowers, the best glue for pressed flowers, and other helpful tips.
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How do you press flowers?
You don’t have to venture far to discover an abundance of flowers during the warm months of the year. Making this season quite possibly the best time to learn how to press flowers. Because, if you don’t get the results you were after, you can easily find more flowers to press and try again.
When it comes to pressing flowers there are a couple of ways you can go about it. Some methods take weeks and one method takes only minutes!
Pressing flowers in a book is certainly the simplest, but it is also the most unreliable. Flowers can easily slip out of book pages or slide causing overlapping or creased petals. That’s why I rarely use this method to press flowers.
Instead, I prefer to use a traditional wood flower press. They are made of two wood boards, a screw system or leather straps, and blotting paper. They’ve been in use since Victorian times and always produce a great pressed flower. I share steps to press flowers with a wood press here.
How do you press flowers quickly?
I love the look of flowers pressed the traditional way. But, when I am impatient and I want to make pressed flowers quickly, I use a microwave flower press. You can go from a fresh bloom to a pressed flower in mere minutes with this flowering pressing whiz! Check out my before and after photographs and a complete microwave press tutorial to try it yourself.
What Flowers Can You Press?
I will mention, that while I wish every bloom dried just as it appears on its stem, not all flowers press well. So, how do you know what flowers are best for pressing? I go into great detail here with tips for selecting, collecting, preparing, and pressing flowers and leaves for the best results.
My DIY monogram pressed flower art includes a colorful variety of flowers my daughter and I picked on the hills and prairie around our farmhouse. As well as wildflowers she picked with one of her favorite cousins to display for a Mother’s Day luncheon, bright, big blooms Papa bought at the farmers market for us, and many she picked on our woodland walks.
Each holds a special memory for us and adds a unique appeal to our finished pressed flower wall art. You can make yours as personal as you like, save flowers from a special bouquet, press your favorite wildflowers, or buy pressed flowers.
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Do dried pressed flowers last forever?
This question often comes up when I’m talking about pressing flowers or a friend sees pressed flower art in our farmhouse. I am happy to tell you, that pressed flowers for the most part can maintain their natural color for a very long time! Fading doesn’t typically begin until five to seven years later.
That’s incredible, don’t you think? And means your time collecting and pressing flowers is well worth it!
Can you use Mod Podge on dried flowers?
Yes, you can use Mod Podge on dried flowers. And in fact, I recommend using it with pressed flowers. Mod Podge can stop moisture from reaching your pressed flowers, deter petals from breaking apart and keep them in place in your pressed flower wall art.
But as most crafters know, there are many types of Mod Podge. For this project, I recommend this quick-drying Mod Podge that dries clear and leaves a smooth finish. It is designed for use with coffee mugs, wine glasses, and tumblers. This means it works well with pressed flower art in a double glass frame.
What is the best pressed flower picture frame?
So often I can say there is a wide variety of choices for a craft supply. But, in this instance, that does not apply. The best pressed flower picture frame is double glass, allowing you to see through the glass like a window. And a pressed flower frame should have adequate space between the glass panels to hold your pressed flowers.
And this set of three golden hanging glass pressed flower frames are perfect for small monograms or arrangements. For a unique appeal, this long octagon glass hanging frame comes in gold, black, and rose gold.
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How Do You Make a Flower Monogram?
In my experience to make a flower monogram or a flower arrangement with letters, it isn’t a good idea to wing it. You should have a letter to work with. I used a large poster board letter to form my monogram. A six-inch wood letter or large cardboard letter will work great too.
You can use these letters again for another craft because we won’t be gluing flowers to them to make a DIY flower monogram letter. This also means you could spell out a word such as HOME or FARM for a complete wall art display. Wouldn’t that be pretty?
No matter if you want to make a single flower monogram or spell out a word, follow these simple steps to put it together!
Monogram Pressed Flower Art Supplies You’ll Need:
- Pressed Flowers
- Double Glass Pressed Flower Photo Frame
- Cardboard Monogram Letter
- Mod Podge for Glass
- Small Paint Brush
How To Make a DIY Monogram Pressed Flower Art:
To begin, clean each side of the glass panels in your pressed flower photo frame. Then place your cardboard monogram letter under one the of glass panels and center it to the frame. You do not need to adhere it to the glass, it is only there to guide you as place flowers.
Next, lay out your pressed flower choices as best as you can and start by selecting tall pieces or large flower heads to “ frame” the letter shape. These work best as your background flowers. Use tweezers to carefully lift and place each pressed flower. If you accidentally tear a flower, don’t worry you can glue it back together.
Once you have a good outline laid out, use a small paintbrush you don’t mind running to dip in the Mod Podge. Lift up a flower and brush or dab a small amount of glue onto the glass. Then place the flower back down and gently press to secure.
After gluing your background flowers, layer smaller flowers to fill in the monogram letter, and apply a dab of glue as you go.
When you’re satisfied keep the glass frame open and allow it dry for a few hours. Come back and fill in more as needed or close the frame and display it!
I’m a big fan of using flowers in our farmhouse decor and this DIY monogram pressed flower art adds an instant appeal to any space. I love the contrast of the weathered wood frame, crisp clear glass, and colorful, texture pressed flowers. The fact that it captures special memories for our family only makes it that more cherished.
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