Mother's Day

Make Mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful handmade gift. Our craft ideas are sure to brighten Mum’s day and our step by step activities make it really easy to get crafty this Mother's day.

Pressed Flower Bookmarks

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Create a bookmark with pressed flowers. The perfect gift for someone special on Mother’s Day!
  • Step 1Go out to your garden to pick flowers and leaves that you wish to press. Make sure you have parental permission before picking any flowers! Trim any excess leaves. Adult supervision is recommended when using scissors.
  • Step 2Open the Flower Pressing Kit to the middle. Ensure 1 sheet of paper is on either side of the open kit and place a flower in the middle on one side. Include any petals that may have fallen off. Place a sheet of paper over the flower, followed by a cardboard square. Place down a new sheet of paper followed by your next flower. You can group flowers together if they are small enough to fit on one page. Continue layering the flowers you want to press between sheets of paper and cardboard.
  • Step 3Place any remaining cardboard and the top piece of the kit together ensuring everything is in line.
  • Step 4Screw the nut and bolt into the corner holes. Tighten one corner slightly, then tighten the opposite corner. Once all screws are slightly tightened, finish tightening each screw until they are completely secure. Leave to press for at least 24 hours or longer if your flowers are wet. This will ensure any water has dried out and the flowers are nicely pressed.
  • Step 5While you are waiting for your flowers to press, create the background for your bookmark using A4 watercolour paper. Use a fan brush to flick colours of liquid watercolour onto the paper and create a splatter pattern of bright colours. Be creative by pre-mixing or overlapping colours to create interesting effects. Allow to dry.
  • Step 6Cut your splatter pattern paper into strips measuring 15 x 5cm.
  • Step 7Open your Flower Pressing Kit by unscrewing all the screws. Check your flowers are nice and evenly pressed. Place back into the kit if they need to be pressed for longer. You may need to press them for another day or two.
  • Step 8Arrange your pressed flowers onto the strips of splatter paper you created. Trim any sections of leaves or petals that hang over the paper. You may want to add a message with permanent marker. Once you are happy with the arrangement, carefully place the paper and flower into a laminating sheet and laminate your bookmark. Ensure that the flowers are pressed as flat as possible to avoid bumps and air pockets once laminated. You can laminate multiple strips at once using one sheet, just make sure you leave space between each strip of paper. Once the strips have been laminated, cut out your bookmarks making sure to leave a small border around your paper strip.
  • Step 9Your Pressed Flower Bookmarks are now ready to use or gift!

Materials used in this activity

Student Scissors - Pack of 20
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Plastic Ruler - 30cm
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Flower Pressing Kit
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CleverPatch Laminating Sheets - A4 - 80 Micron - Pack of 100
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A3 Laminator
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CleverPatch Fan Brushes - Pack of 10
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Product Code: 18069
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Product Code: 18071
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Watercolour Paper Pad - A4 - 15 Sheets
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