Flowery Fun!

Yellow Carnations 2

Ever received flowers on Valentine’s Day but felt some sort of pity for having to throw them away once they dry out?  Kinda sucks how this supposed symbol of love dies in just a matter of days, right?

Or, maybe you’re the type that doesn’t like flowers at all, because you think they’re useless and you’d rather receive a longer-lasting present.

I Try DIY, through its founder Mikko Sumulong, has introduced me to a solution to these concerns.  You can actually preserve these seemingly useless flowers and create ART out of them through FLOWER PRESSING!

Last April 13, I attended The Art of Pressed Flowers Workshop conducted by Mikko, held at Epic Roastery in Kapitolyo.  It was a rather intimate workshop of around 7 participants.

So what is flower pressing?

According to Wikipedia: “Pressed flower craft consists of drying flower petals and leaves in a flower press to flatten and exclude light and moisture.”  Mikko brought a bunch of pressed flowers and leaves during the workshop, and this is how they look like:

Pressed Flowers 1

Yes, these are real flowers – pressed and preserved!  I don’t remember what these flowers are called,  but don’t they look lovely?  The petals look like water color on paper!  They’re very fragile, but it’s amazing how they can create beautiful art when put together on a sheet of paper.  Here’s mine:

Flower Pressing 2

Mikko was very hands-on with us during the workshop and was so excited in sharing her passion for DIY projects, particularly flower pressing.  Here below are what the other participants came up with.  These beautiful works of art can all be credited to Mikko’s enthusiastic guidance!

Flower Pressing

During the workshop, we also got to press a fresh bunch of flowers.  The flowers below are inserted in an old magazine at the moment, being pressed.  I’ll be able to open the magazine three weeks from now and I’ll try to make a new artwork using these flowers and leaves.  I hope I pressed them right!

Pressing Flowers

And that, my friends, was my creative activity during that week.  It’s so nice to learn something new, especially if it allows you to create beautiful and inspiring things. :)

For information on I Try DIY’s workshops, visit their website here.  You may want to attend the next workshop, so that the next time you receive flowers, you already know what to do with them! :)

14 Comments on Flowery Fun!

  1. Miss Leeshurr (@LeeshaStarr)
    May 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm (5 years ago)

    I wish I was good at drawing and painting, I love these paintings! I’ve never tried any sort of DIY before.

    • Carmel David
      May 3, 2014 at 3:35 am (5 years ago)

      This doesn’t involve drawing or painting at all, they’re just flowers. :) And there’s no right or wrong way to draw or paint, just try it! :)

  2. Loila
    May 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I love floral decors because it can make your mood light! This is very interesting DIY! :)

    • Carmel David
      May 3, 2014 at 3:35 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you! Hope you can try it some time. :)

  3. Rica
    May 3, 2014 at 2:01 am (5 years ago)

    wow! it’s really beautiful! :) what an art! All I knew about preserving flowers was just to put it inside a book and hoala! :) but this one is indeed cute, I should try this flower pressing. thank you for this idea dear! :) I hope you can drop by on my page as well :) you’ve got a lovely blog I must say! :)

    • Carmel David
      May 3, 2014 at 3:36 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Rica! Yes, another way to press flowers is to insert them in a book or magazine and keep them there for 6-8 weeks. :)

  4. cindy tong
    May 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm (5 years ago)

    omg the flowers is too pretty…i love to try this out at my home too!

  5. Sol Felice
    May 5, 2014 at 5:31 am (5 years ago)

    Great one for the sentimental ones. This way Valentines and et cetera will last longer. :-)

  6. agatapokutycka
    May 5, 2014 at 11:02 am (5 years ago)

    These are lovely!
    I would love to get my hand on few of this frames :-)

  7. shasha
    May 6, 2014 at 1:15 am (5 years ago)

    wow! so pretty, I didnt know we can make such art with pressed flowers.. I will def try this the next time I get some pretty flowers in and :)

  8. Sana Sadiq
    May 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Awww!!! These are SO beautiful <3 I def need to try this out xx

  9. Somdyuti
    May 9, 2014 at 5:23 am (5 years ago)

    I love this. I’ve always wanted to get flower decors. They are so pretty. <3


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