This website started with “Beginning with a Wedding” ( Archives, September 2012) which celebrated the hard work of Cathy Walsh, Sprout Flowers, Worcester MA. The only project for the wedding that I created myself were the pressed plant hanging balls which defined the aisle.
Although it was January, I stubbornly wanted to press my own flowers. I began with a dozen primrose plants. I harvested the flowers into my Manhattan phone directory every Sunday. By the next Sunday they were almost pressed and dry, and another crop was ready to harvest.
I also tried out many other purple flowers….pansies, asters and African violets like these from plants as well as cut flowers from the marketplace. All in the phone books. Recently some fell out forgotten.
Eventually, I ordered pressed flowers online from Nature’s Pressed (www.naturespressed.com/products/botanicals/garden_flowers). They have a big selection of many varieties sizes of flowers. And they are a lot studier than the DIY version.
To make this project, begin with a Styrofoam ball., Cover it with a layer of paper brushed on with Modge Podge (Michael’s Crafts). The solid background hides the white Styrofoam so it doesn’t show between the pressed flowers. The popsicle stick holds the ball while it is being worked on. That area becomes the top of the ball where the ribbons will be placed.
The flowers are glued with very small dots of white glue. The lightest blue flowers are periwinkle delphinium from Nature’s Pressed. Work the different varieties around the ball until all the surface is covered.