Today I’m sharing an easy nature craft for the spring or summer: hammered flower greeting cards. This is a perfect nature craft for kids as well since precision isn’t required to end up with a beautiful final result. You probably have all the materials you need right at home.
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You can actually hammer flowers to transfer their pigment right onto paper or fabric. This is also known as flower pounding. The result looks almost like an abstract watercolor painting, and makes for beautiful greeting cards.
We live in the mountains of Colorado, so we have lovely wildflowers growing right on our property. I loved getting to use these flowers for a craft to preserve their beauty in some form.
This nature craft could pair quite well with your homeschool nature study or a botany unit study.
Since many of the fine details don’t transfer over with the flower pounding, I like to draw in some details afterward with a fine-tipped black marker. I’ll show you exactly the process I used.
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- Blank greeting card in your choice of color (you can cut and fold your own from cardstock or use a pre-made card)*
- Watercolor paper pre-cut to the size and shape you want for the front of your card
- Fresh flowers (even dandelions will work)
- Parchment paper
*alternately, you could just score and fold pieces of the watercolor paper into cards to use
Tips for Making this Nature Craft
- Snap pictures of your flowers before and after you arrange them for hammering. That way you can refer back to the photos while you’re drawing in details on your flower print later.
Hammered Flower Greeting Card Directions
Step 1 – Choose and Arrange Flowers
Flowers with bold pigment that don’t carry a lot of excess water tend to work best. You can always test some different flowers on scrap paper to know which ones might work the best for your project.
Pull off any buds, stems, or leaves that you don’t want as part of your print, and arrange the flowers face down (or side down for flowers like sweat peas). Work on a surface you can safely pound on.
Step 2 – Hammer Flowers
Carefully cover your arranged flowers with a sheet of parchment paper.
Now you can start hammering on top of the parchment as you hold it in place with one hand.
Start with a light hand, but you may need to pound harder over the pedal areas.
You’ll be able to see through the parchment paper to make sure you pound each flower, stem, and leaf in your design.
You can carefully lift the parchment and peek under some of the flowers to make sure the pigment is transferring over well.
When you’re finished hammering, carefully peel away the flower pieces from your watercolor paper and discard them. Use your hand to brush away any remaining bits. Allow the print to dry completely.
Step 3 – Draw in Details
Using a fine-tipped black marker, draw in some details on your design.
I draw quickly in an almost abstract manner, but if you are more of a artist, you can take your time and make your artwork as realistic as you like. Young kids could even skip this step altogether.
Step 4 – Glue Card Together
The last step is to use a glue stick to attach your hammered flower artwork onto the front of your greeting card.
Write a note on the inside and mail it to a friend. Ta da!
If you make this project and love it, I would greatly appreciate a rating and review! Tag me on Instagram @aberlehome to show me what you made!