Make your own plant press

You can easily have a creative workshop at home at the kitchen table - see here how.

To hænder binder en elastik om en hjemmelavet blomsterpresse
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Let us take a closer look at the beautiful botanical work Flora Danica. We are going to make our own plant press so we can dry flowers. First we need a walk in a garden or forest and pick flowers. Then we build the flower press. When the flowers are dried in the press, you can make beautiful posters inspired by the posters in Flora Danica.

Flowers

Tegnede blomster

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Tegnede blomster

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You need

  • A newspaper or an advertisement in newsprint
  • A piece of cardboard
  • A glue stick or other glue
  • A scissor
  • Baking paper or liner/wrapping paper
  • Rubber bands
  • Flowers

How to do it

Make a book cover for your little newspaper book.

En saks klipper i et bogomslag

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Cut two more pieces of cardboard to fit the newspaper book. Glue the pieces of cardboard to the front and back of the book.

En hånd limer et stykke pap

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Cut liner paper to fit the newspaper book. Place wrapping paper between the pages of the book.

En hånd klæber papir i en hjemmelavet blomsterpresse

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Now you can put flowers between the pages and finally close the book with rubber bands.

To hænder binder en elastik om en hjemmelavet blomsterpresse

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After a few weeks you can take the flowers out, glue them on paper and make beautiful posters.

Share your artwork

We would very much like to see your works of art. If you want to share them with us and others, take a picture of them and post them on Instagram with #detkreativebibliotek and #detkglbibliotek.