This is Eli

A blog about Eli. A blog about survival – and by that, I mean life!

Our wildflower garden is in full bloom. I’ll post pics once I yank a few weeds out this weekend. In the mean time, Laila and I have set out to preserve the beauty of summer. Here’s how our first attempt at pressing flowers went:

Flowers!

Flowers!

Do I know how to press flowers? Do I know how to press flowers…no. But Google does!

The first site I found was Martha Stewart Living’s “How to press flowers with Janie.” Janie, you lost me at “microwave flower press.” Who on this earth has the time to locate a microwave flower press, Janie, let alone read the instruction manual, and next, find a place to stow it for the 364 days a year it won’t be in use? Janie, you have only left me with more questions.

Janie, I quit you.

Here’s a site for the common flower pressers of the world, like us. It’s by someone named Sherri. Sherri, you’re more my style.

Optional preliminary step: Find adorable bee sidekick:

Adorable bee sidekick

Adorable bee sidekick

Step 1:

Gather supplies. Pick flowers you’d like to dry. Make sure the flowers themselves are already dry, as in, not covered in dew. You will also need tissue paper, newspaper, cardboard and heavy books or bricks. A phone book would be great — but does anyone have those any more?

Supplies, like Google to figure out how to do this. #notdomestic

Supplies, like Google to figure out how to do this. #notdomestic

Step 2:

Supply prep. That just means you should cut your cardboard, newspaper and tissue paper to match the shape of whatever books or or bricks or phone book you will be placing on top.

Yes, these will do.

Yes, these will do.

Step 3:

Layer a piece of cardboard, then a piece of newspaper (buy a newspaper!), then tissue paper.

Thoughtful flower selection

Thoughtful flower selection

Step 4:

Place your flowers on top of the tissue paper, making sure none of them touch. You can press different leaves, too.

She likes purple.

She likes purple.

 

Step 5:

Now, place tissue paper on top of those flowers, then newspaper and another piece of cardboard. You can continue to stack it all up this way until all of your flowers are prepared.

Start to arrange flowers!

Start to arrange flowers!

Step 6:

Heavy stuff on top. It should take two to four weeks for the flowers to flatten and dry out properly.

Pile on books I will not read any time soon. Oh look it's Infinite Jest again.

Pile on books I will not read any time soon. Oh look it’s Infinite Jest again.

All done!

Unless you’d like to take an optional 7th step, stare at child’s cute face:

Stare at child's cute face

Stare at child’s cute face

Laila started hollarin’ at me when I made a move to press a flower she’d come to call “Red.” We put her new flower friend on display instead.

Laila's friend, "Red," who she would not smoosh between books. And by that I mean, she started screaming when I placed "Red" on the tissue paper.

Laila’s friend, “Red,” who she would not smoosh between books. And by that I mean, she started screaming when I placed “Red” on the tissue paper.

We are always trying to come up with new fun things to do with our little people. That’s why I’ve created the category “Things to do with little people.” Now that we’ve pressed our flowers, what should we do with them next? Leave a comment or send me a note!

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