- Dried and pressed leaves and flowers (Shirley used the Micro Fleur microwave flower press) but you can use a traditional flower press or place your flowers and leaves in a large phone book topped with a heavy brick or two for a couple of weeks. Pressed flowers are available online.
- Spray adhesive or crafting glue
- Mod Podge- matte or satin
- X-acto blade
- Clear, transparent sheet or "Clear -Lay Film 0.007" from the crafting store or online. Other options include card stock or pretty, homemade paper.
1. GATHER MATERIALS FOR PRESSING
- Select tree leaves with a pyramid or Christmas tree shape. Shirley used Norfolk Pine leaves and Jacaranda tree leaves for pressing.
- Select small or miniature flowers that when pressed, look like tiny ornaments. Suggestions include wax flower, baby's breath, small daisies, violets, and pansies. You can also press larger, thin-petaled flowers like colorful bougainvillea which Shirley made into tiny ornaments by using a hole punch!
2. CREATE YOUR PRESSED CHRISTMAS TREE
- Dry your leaves and flowers (or buy pressed flowers online). If your leaf or flowers have a thick stem, use a X-acto blade to make fine cuts along the center of the stem. This will allow the leaf stem to become flat and dry faster.
- If your leaves are too large to fit into your flower press, don't be afraid to cut the leaf into sections and dry them separately.
- Use spray adhesive to glue your pressed "Christmas tree leaf" onto a clear transparent sheet or card stock.
- Decorate your tree with beautiful pressed flowers. Be creative and make a "garland" by gluing flowers in a garland pattern. You will need crafting glue or Mod podge, tweezers, and a X-acto blade.
- Use matte or satin Mod Podge to "seal" and preserve your Christmas tree project. Don't apply it overly-thick.
3. DISPLAY YOUR PRESSED CHRISTMAS TREE!
You can display your pressed Christmas tree in any way that your heart desires. Shirley displayed her tree on a round, wood-slatted board and added an LED candle behind it to light it up! Hang your pressed Christmas tree with a satin or silk ribbon or display it in a glass frame.
Have fun and take your time creating your work of art!
For more of Shirley, visit her blog at EdenMakers.com