How to make markers with pressed flowers – ABOUT MAG 2020

These cute markers are a perfect craft idea to tackle with your kids or by yourself! Learn how to create markers with pressed flowers and check the list of materials. I bet you already have everything you need!

How to make markers with pressed flowers
How to make markers with pressed flowers

Spring always includes many walks in the neighborhood, especially this year at home with children all day, every day. When we walk, they love to collect pieces of nature. A leaf here and a flower there.

Until now, I didn’t have many ideas on how to use the things they collect. But then I figured out how to make markers out of pressed flowers, and they are so easy. It was great craft project to do with children because there are so many different parts, but simple!

Pressing flowers with children

I found that creating pressed flowers with children is really a really cool exercise for several reasons. First of all, you are away from home to collect the things you find. It is also a great way to start talking about which items to choose or collect. We talk a lot about not getting things from other people’s backyards and the fact that weeds are good to choose. (And that weeds can really be beautiful!)

After collecting your flowers or leaves, it is a legal process to let children place them between the pages of a book and see which ones are best. (Henry tried a dandelion and found that they practically fall apart.)

Finally, it is a good exercise of patience, as they wait a few days for the flowers to be pressed and ready.

How to Make Markers with Pressed Flowers

This is a project that is so simple, but it looks so beautiful! See how to make markers with pressed flowers.

Materials

Time: 5 minutes (more waiting time)

Instructions

  1. Choose your flowers or leaves. (Newly chosen works best.)
  2. Place them in a thick, heavy book. Make sure they are slightly spaced. Also, make sure they are placed in such a way that, when the book is closed, they will be well leveled.
  3. If you have it, place a heavy weight on the book. We used a 20 pound dumbbell and it worked great! Alternatively, stack a few more heavy books on top of the book with the flowers.
  4. Wait at least 2 days and open the book. If they are pressed enough, you’re good to go! If you want it flatter or drier, leave it on for another day or two.
  5. Cut a marker-shaped strip of clear contact paper. Remove the support and place it on a surface with the adhesive side facing up. Then paste some pressed flowers on it. It looks cool if some of them are hanging on the edge! You can trim later.
  6. Then cut a slightly larger piece of contact paper and place the flowers between the two pieces.
  7. Finally, trim the larger contact paper to the smaller size.
pressed flowers for markers
pressed flowers and contact paper
pressed flowers and contact paper
pressed flower marker

Things to do with DIY markers

I did these with Henry and ended up sending some in the mail to his friends! They are a great DIY gift for children to make on Mother’s Day, birthdays or class parties.

I also made some for myself and kept them in the books on my nightstand. Much better than the pieces of torn paper I was using before!

I hope you try these! They are a very fun activity that you can add to your day with your children or for you. Xoxo

P.S. Here’s a DIY where you can make yours own flowers!

How to make markers with pressed flowers
How to make markers with pressed flowers
How to make markers with pressed flowers

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Active time
10 minutes

Total time
10 minutes

Difficulty
Easy

Instructions

    1. Choose your flowers or leaves. (Newly chosen works best.)
    2. Place them in a thick, heavy book. Make sure they are slightly spaced. Also, make sure they are placed in such a way that, when the book is closed, they will be well leveled.
    3. If you have it, place a heavy weight on the book. We used a 20 pound dumbbell and it worked great! Alternatively, stack a few more heavy books on top of the book with the flowers.
    4. Wait at least 2 days and open the book. If they are pressed enough, you are ready to go! If you want it flatter or drier, leave it on for another day or two.
    5. Cut a marker-shaped strip of clear contact paper. Remove the support and place it on a surface with the adhesive side facing up. Then paste some pressed flowers on it. It looks cool if some of them are hanging on the edge! You can trim later.
    6. Then cut a slightly larger piece of contact paper and place the flowers between the two pieces.
    7. Finally, trim the larger contact paper to the smaller size.

Paula Fonseca