What’s your relationship like with nature? Do you hang out outside enough? Do you have bad allergies like me so you have a sort of love hate relationship with the outside? Personally, I get out in nature fairly regularly, but that’s because I also walk dogs and that doesn’t really work indoors. It’s not always easy for me to walk out the front door, though. Struggling with mental health issues makes even being outside difficult at times.
Being outside and in nature is so incredibly healing, though. The more we can do it the better. Having a legitimate reason for being outside is a must for me to get out there. If it weren’t for my obligation to other dog parents, and my two stinkers I probably wouldn’t be going to a park or on a hike 4 times a week. Even hanging out in your backyard is better than nothing.
So, for this craft project we’re going outside. I’m going to show you how to make easy pressed flower stickers!
- Plants to press- leaves, flowers
- 1 heavy book
- Wax paper
- Paper towel
- Contact paper
1. Once your flowers are sufficiently pressed, grab your contact paper and scissors. The clear contact paper is great because it has the lines drawn on it for easy measuring and cutting. Cut out 2 squares of contact paper that fits your flower or leave, but be sure to leave about 1/4 inch around. Place your flower or leaf right side up on one of the pieces of contact paper, but make sure the backing of the contact paper is facing down. You should not be able to see the lines. If you wanted a fun background color, you could get the colored and printed contact paper.
2. Next, take your other piece of contact paper and peel the backing off and lay the sticky side down on top of your flower. Press down firmly and use your nail or a straight edge to smooth out any air bubbles. Then go around and cut a tighter border so there isn’t too much excess contact paper. Note: you don’t want to cut right up to the flower because you need a little border to hold the two pieces of contact paper together. You could add a few dabs of glue to either side of your flower to give it extra hold, also. Since adding glue adds an extra step, I choose not to do it… but it would make these stickers a little more durable. Your call! *wink*
3. Once you finish all that, then you’re done! All you have to do to use them is peel off the back of the contact paper and stick it somewhere! Note: make sure when you peel the backing off that you don’t grab the sticky part too- i.e. the back side should be sticky.
You can also do this with pictures, or anything else flat that can be stuck in between two pieces of contact paper. Go crazy!
You can find more of Sabrina Shelby’s DIY projects at The Active Koala.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.