pressed flower jar lantern

How to make pressed flower jar lantern

We already have autumn 🍁 and winter ❄️ lanterns in our portfolio. It turns out that this does not exhaust all the possibilities offered by jar lanterns 🫙🕯. This time we present the spring-summer version – a pressed flower jar lantern 🏵🌸🌼.

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You will need

  • Jar
  • Pressed flowers
  • Universal glue
  • Brush – for applying glue
  • Jute string
  • Tweezers – can be useful when moving delicate flowers.

How to press flowers?

This is my first attempt at drying flowers. We dried leaves for a herbarium in autumn and it was supposed to be easy as well, but it was much more difficult. The flowers are much delicate than the leaves and are easy to damage. Additionally, some flowers turn brown after drying (it only happened to pink flowers of azaleas).

Nevertheless, all the hints from the herbarium remain valid, that are:

  • When collecting plants, choose the healthy specimens without rot or black spots. Plants look worse after drying than before, so if something is wrong at the beginning, it will only get worse later.
  • At home, dry between sheets of paper so that the sheets can absorb moisture from the plant. Glossy magazines will not work. Excessive children’s drawings or coloring books work well, but only those that can be thrown away later. After drying, the pages are wavy, so you need to add an additional sheet before inserting plants into the book.
  • We took a piece of paper, put a leaf on it, then another sheet and a book, making kind of a sandwich. Then another leaf between the pages and the book again. This way we built a nice tower. 
  • Additionally, once a day we checked what was happening with our specimens and changed the wet sheets. We did not throw them away, but we used them the next day when they were dry again.

How to make pressed flower jar lantern

I tested two methods of making a lantern:

The first is to smear the entire jar with glue and stick the flowers wherever you want. This is a faster method, the flowers adhere perfectly to the jar, but unfortunately traces of glue are visible.

The second is to apply glue pointwise only to the places where the flower will be. It requires more precision, but in the end the lantern looks neater.

Regardless of the method, the process is simple: glue dried flowers to the jar. You can experiment with mixing species, adding flowers with stems and creating patterns.

Finally, wrap the thread of the jar with jute string and top it with a bow.

Pressed flower jar lantern

Check out our ideas

🌼Other ideas for spring and summer crafts can be found in the Spring and Summer sections.

🎁 If you look for more DIY cards ideas check our Cards section.

✨ If you are looking for more creative activities for kids check our DIY with kids section.

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