One thing that YC and I love to do during the spring and summer is to pick flowers and leaves, then press them. Generally, we forget about them until we come to put new ones in, but we haven’t really done anything with them, until now. This year we have turned our pressed flowers into some pressed flower cookies.
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To make your own pressed flower cookies you will need:
- Flower press or heavy book
- Flowers and leaves
- 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda
- ½ cup of corn flour
- ¾ cup of water
- Rolling pin
- Circular cookie cutter
- Modge Podge
This craft really comes in two parts. The first is the pressing of the flowers and the second is making the cookies.
You don’t need to have a flower press to make these, a couple of heavy books works just as well. The best flowers for this are flatter ones like daisies, pansies, butter cups, poppies etc. Ones that have lots of layers and our more bulbous don’t work as well.
We left ours to press for months, but a couple of weeks would be fine too. As long as they are flat when you go to use them.
To make the cookies, add the bicarbonate of soda, water, and corn flour to a saucepan and put it on a low heat. Keep stirring it until the mixture comes together to form a dough. This can take a while, so keep at it.
When it is ready, knead it for a bit (be careful it will be hot) and use your circular cookie cutter to make your cookies. If you want to hang your cookies up, you will need to make a small hole at the top as well.
Dry them out in an oven on about 100 ?c for 30 minutes.
This part is very important, you must wait for them to completely dry before using them. I was too eager to use ours and didn’t wait long enough, which resulted in them cracking and some of them breaking after I had used them.
When the cookies are totally dry, both on the back and front, they are ready for the flowers to go on. Brush a thin layer of Modge Podge onto a cookie. Carefully lay your flower on top and then add another layer of the glue over it all. Leave them to dry overnight.
They look really pretty; I have hung ours up inside. I don’t think they would last long outside.
If you enjoyed making these pressed flower cookies, be sure to check out my natural paint brushes.
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