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These pressed flower bookmarks are a simple nature craft to make, and they are absolutely lovely! We are always looking for ways to use the flowers we collect and press in the spring and summertime.

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These bookmarks are finished with Mod Podge, and I love how the Mod Podge preserves the flowers while bringing out their vibrant colors!

You might also want to try another version of these bookmarks with autumn leaves: Pressed Leaf Bookmarks for Fall

I’ve included a printable how-to card at the end of this post for your convenience!

bookmark in book

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Supplies Needed

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  • Flowers and leaves for pressing
  • Flower press or heavy book with parchment paper
  • 140 lb watercolor paper cut to a 2″ x 6″ rectangle (this weight is important so your finished bookmark doesn’t wrinkle)
  • Mod Podge
  • White school glue, if needed
  • Flat paint brush
  • Toothpick
  • Tweezers, if needed
needed supplies

Directions

Step 1 – Press Flowers

Choose flowers for your project that will be able to press flat. Lavender, pansies, violets, daisies, fern leaves, rose petals, and baby’s breath blooms all work really well.

Make sure the flowers are in good condition and not moist. Remove stamens if needed so pollen doesn’t stain the petals or your project.

Press your flowers in a single layer, face down, between sheets of parchment paper in a heavy book or in a flower press.

Flower Presses to Purchase:

Allow them to press for 7-10 days until they are completely dry and preserved.

pressed flowers

Step 2 – Arrange Flowers as Desired

Arrange your pressed flowers and leaves on your watercolor paper rectangle until you are pleased with the arrangement.

The flowers are delicate, so handle them carefully! Try using a pair of tweezers if you are having trouble.

arranging flowers on bookmarks

Step 3 – Mod Podge

Now use your Mod Podge to glue your flowers in place on your bookmark.

I like to apply the Mod Podge to the backs of the flowers gently with my paintbrush and stick the flowers in place.

I then use my toothpick to sneak Mod Podge under any flower corners left unglued so they aren’t sticking up. Feel free to employ some dots of white school glue if the Mod Podge isn’t quite doing the job.

gluing flowers down with Mod Podge

Now use your paintbrush to apply Mod Podge gently over the top of each flower to seal it in place on the bookmark.

Go from the center of your flower outward to avoid bending/crushing the petals.

applying Mod Podge over tops of flowers

Wait until the Mod Podge is tacky, and then repeat with one more coat over each flower.

After your second coat is tacky, apply a third coat of Mod Podge, this time over the entire face of your bookmark.

applying Mod Podge to entire face of bookmark

Allow your bookmark to dry completely, and it’s done!

finished bookmark with book
two finished bookmarks with book

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two finished bookmarks
Yield: 1 Bookmark

Pressed Flower Bookmarks

pressed flower bookmarks

A simple nature craft to use and enjoy flowers you press in the spring and summertime. Great for all ages!

Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Materials

  • Flowers and leaves for pressing
  • 140 lb watercolor paper cut to a 2" x 6" rectangle
  • Mod Podge
  • School glue, if needed

Tools

  • Flower press or heavy book with parchment paper
  • Flat paint brush
  • Toothpick
  • Tweezers, if needed

Instructions

Choose suitable flowers and leaves that will be able to press flat. They should be fresh and not moist with dew. Remove stamens, if needed, so pollen won't stain the petals or your project. Press the flowers in a single layer, face down, between sheets of parchment paper in a heavy book or in a flower press for 7-10 days until they are completely dry and preserved.

Arrange your flowers on your watercolor paper rectangle until you are pleased with the layout. Handle the flowers carefully, and use tweezers, if necessary.

Use your paintbrush to apply Mod Podge to the back of each flower and stick the flowers in place on the bookmark. Use school glue, if needed. Use a toothpick to sneak glue or Mod Podge under any corners left unglued so nothing is sticking up.

Apply Mod Podge gently over the top of each flower from the center outward to seal it in place on the bookmark. Wait until the Mod Podge is tacky and repeat with another coat. After your second coat is tacky, apply a third coat over the entire surface of your bookmark with long, even strokes. Allow your bookmark to dry completely.

Notes

If you do this project over a paper towel to protect your table from Mod Podge, don't forget to move the bookmark while it dries so it doesn't stick to the paper towel.

If you enjoy making this project, I would greatly appreciate a review!


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