On Mother’s Day, many of us will have sent bouquets of fresh flowers to our mums to show them how much we appreciate their love and support. Fresh flowers are a wonderful way to show how much you care, but they don’t last forever. However, with these preservation techniques, you can turn your mum’s flowers into a gift she can treasure for a long time after Mother’s Day is over.
You can use your Mothers Day flowers to create a long-lasting piece of jewellery that your mum can wear every day. These fresh flowers are briefly dried and then set in resin to mould and then brought together with sterling silver to create the piece.
Along with bracelets and earrings, flowers can also be set into pendants which your mum can show off any time she chooses. Added touches such as glitter and foliage really make flower jewellery a gift to remember and one that your mum will cherish long after Mother’s Day.
Decorate your home with preserved flowers set into picture frames and give your mum a gift that she can keep long after Mother’s Day. These can be hung in any room of your house and make a feature out of your flowers for everyone to see. The flowers are preserved using either drying or resin, depending on preference, and additional touches such as personal messages and photographs can be included.
Even if you have a practical mum who likes gifts that serve a purpose, that doesn’t mean you can’t get her Mothers Day flowers as well as a useful gift. These paperweights can be created using fresh flowers and would look wonderful in a home office or at work.
This technique preserves silk and fresh flowers into an acrylic based resin that sets solid, stands on its own and has a glass-like finish. Perfect as ornaments, plaques and commemorative gifts, these flowers are ideal for Mothers Day, as well as anniversaries and weddings.
Air drying is a technique you can try at home with most kinds of flowers. Follow these simple tips and you can show off your preserved Mothers Day bouquets wherever you like.
• Remove leaves and heavy foliage from the stem below the flower.
• Weaker flower stems may break when dried, so substitute with wire before drying.
• Arrange a few of the flowers together and fasten tightly at the end of the stems with a rubber band, twine or clothes pegs.
• Try leaving some bunches hanging straight down, off a nail or hook; or gently fan out the stems on a flat surface to create both straight and curved stems.
• Place the flowers in a dry, dark, warm place such as an attic or basement. Keep away from direct sunlight, which can fade the flowers, and choose a spot that offers good air circulation.
• Touch the flowers every so often to check when they are ready – if they are dry and rigid, and rustle when you move them, they are ready to be moved to a dry, cool location.
Here are a few flowers you can use this method with:
• Pot Marigold
• Pressing flowers between pages of heavy books has been a popular pastime for many hundreds of years. When presenting your mother with a gift of flowers on Mother’s Day, keep this technique in mind as a simple but effective way to preserve flowers.
• You can use telephone directories, or any books with absorbent pages. Check that the pages are not glossy, like the ones in encyclopaedias, as often the pages are much less absorbent. Make sure your flowers are trimmed, clean and dry. Place the flowers between the pages and then add extra telephone directories on top to weight them down – leave to dry for approximately 4 weeks.
• This is one of the most basic ways to press and preserve flowers but you should never put flowers straight into the pages of a book because the colours may bleed and stain the pages. It is best to place parchment paper between the flowers and the book pages first.
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