Pressed Flower Frame

This is a perfect gift, although because of prep time for the paper mache and drying time it’s not particularly quick. You will have to plan ahead, or better yet, make some up and put them aside to have on hand.  You will need:

  • Paper mache
  • Inexpensive wooden frame
  • Pressed flowers
  • Stems (plastic or dried)
  • Glue

You can find the paper mache recipe  here.

I covered an inexpensive wooden frame with paper mache by pressing it onto the front and sides of the frame until I had a thin cover.  I wrapped it around the edges, and didn’t worry too much about being smooth in the back, because I trimmed it with an exacto knife after it dried.  It can be as thick or as thin as you like, but sort of like the porridge in the three bears, it needs to be “just right”.  That is, enough to cover the frame, but not so thick that it doesn’t adhere.  It’s not rocket science though, you will be able to tell.Undecorated frame

Let it dry.  Mine took about 2 days to really dry thoroughly.  I didn’t get around to finishing it for about a week anyway, so it wasn’t a problem.  I it would be a good project to do a number of them at a time.  If you wanted to do them with kids, this would probably be a good step for the adult to do, and have them ready for the kids to just do the decorating, since waiting a couple of days is beyond many kids patience level.  It’s almost beyond mine!

After it’s completely dry (you can tell, it looks lighter in color when it’s dry), take your dried flowers and lay them out.  You can try different arrangements until you find what’s pleasing to you.  I wanted something fairly simple, but you can cover the whole thing if you have enough flowers and want to.  Whatever catches your fancy!  I managed to get my little dried flowers in Michaels on sale, so I bought quite a few packages.  This project took about half of one package.  If you dry your own (I do, but I haven’t in awhile–another blog project!) this would be a perfect place for them.

I had a little trouble finding stems, these are some sort of plastic or something, but they were the only thing I could find in the size I wanted and the color.  I wanted something natural looking.  I cut these from a plume, so I have lots and lots left, for more projects.

After I decided on an arrangement I liked, I took a photo, in case I knocked them off (yes, I do that!) and started gluing them into place using regular Elmer’s Glue.  Once they dry (quickly!) it’s ready for a photo.  I am going to give this one as a gift to someone who I think might come to my blog, so I’m not going to put the photo in it, since I want it to be a surprise.  🙂

But, there you have it.  It was a fun project, and fairly inexpensive to make.Pressed flower frame


  1. Caroline says:

    A sunny frame just what we need atm with all the dreadful news.

  2. Anna says:

    The flowers look lovely, really nice colours. Anna x

  3. Lau W says:

    Oh i love it !! Love things handmade because it comes from the heart ! An my God, your frame is a beauty, so not expensive, and beautiful, love that ! :-)) you have always so nice ideas, congrats !

  4. What a great idea for a present. Did it make lots of mess? The finished result is ace.

    • Susie says:

      Well, I have to admit, I always make a bit of a mess. The whole paper mache thing did make a mess, but once that was cleaned up, the rest was not so bad. 🙂

  5. Debbie says:

    I love it!

  6. Kat says:

    You always manage to come up with project I want to try my hand at. And if not, something I want to eat 😉 Some point soon I will have to say, enough is enough. Just not yet… or any time soon for that matter.

    Thanks for sharing the frame. Off to go get me some supplies now 😀

  7. Nancy says:

    Just charming! Love the simplicity of it.

  8. Dee says:

    That’s lovely and very Sunny as Caroline said. I’m looking forward to seeing some more and salute you with patience for the paper mache!x

  9. Susie says:

    Thank you all. It was fun, and I think I’m going to try making one without the wooden frame underneath. I think this paper mache is rigid enough. I will just have to find something for a form.

  10. LDSVenus says:

    Awesome job sis :), very cool idea and the flowers add a little elegance and your own arrangement of them add a bit of yourself to the frame :).

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