These pressed flower cards are SO PRETTY! Show your love and affection this Mother’s Day with a homemade card covered in beautiful dried flowers. These DIY cards are also perfect for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or any other special occasion!
Choose one colour of flowers to add to the front of your card, or create a multi-coloured bouquet. This flower craft is fun and easy to make, especially when you download our free printable vase templates. (See below!)
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DIY Pressed Flower Card
- White cardstock
- Free Printable Vase template (More vase options below)
- Black Sharpie marker
- White glue
- Pressed flowers
- Paper plate (or something to put glue on)
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather your supplies and materials.
Step 2: Draw a vase on folded cardstock
- Fold a piece of white cardstock in half.
- Draw a flower vase towards the bottom of the card. Or, download and print one of our free printable vase templates! (Scroll down for all the templates)
Step 3: Add pressed flowers to the card
- Use a paintbrush to gently spread white glue onto the back of a bit of greenery (or a pressed flower - whatever you'd like to add first).
- Gently press the greenery onto the cardstock, sticking out towards the top of the vase.
- Add a bit of extra glue on top of thin stems to help them stick. (The flowers themselves don't require any extra glue on top of them.)Only add glue to the top of the stems and flowers if they aren't sticking. Don't add glue all over the card stock. Any glue on the card stock will be visible when it's dried.
- Gently brush glue onto the back of a flower.
- Carefully add the flower onto the card. You can press your paintbrush on top of the flower to help it stick.Add the flowers close to the vase or further away, at the top of any greenery.
- Continue adding pressed flowers and dried greenery until you're happy with the look of your card.Overlap flowers as necessary, and create some height to your bouquet.Then allow the card to dry. For best results, open the card up, place a sheet of parchment paper on top, then put a heavy book or tray on top of the card front to keep it flat
Step 4: Write your message
- Write a message for Mother's Day (or any other occasion) inside the card.
- Your pressed flower card is complete!Make one for each vase template! (See the links below.)
- Pressed flowers are very delicate, so be sure to handle them with care. Use the glue covered paintbrush or some tweezers to move the fragile flowers.
- Arrange your flowers on a scrap piece of paper first so you can lay out your bouquet before it’s glued down!
Download our free flower vase templates:
Click on the links below to download our free, printable vase templates! The PDF file will open in a new window.
Then simply print the flower vase template on 8.5 x 11 (letter size) cardstock. (Or print on regular paper and trace the vase onto cardstock or a blank card.)
>>> Classic Vase (Vase #1) <<<
>>> Round Pitcher Vase (Vase #2) <<<
>>> Open Top Vase (Vase #3) <<<
What is the best paper to display pressed flowers on?
You need to use a thicker paper that can stand up like a regular card and will absorb the glue without warping too much. We used 65 lb white cardstock, but you could definitely use a heavier cardstock as well!
For other options, try watercolour paper or a textured linen scrapbook paper.
What glue is best for making pressed flower cards?
We found regular white Elmer’s school glue to be the best glue for attaching the pressed flowers to the card. It holds the flowers well, allows them to slide around a bit to get them into place, dries clear, and doesn’t leave any residue behind.
We first tried using matte Mod Podge, and “painting” over top of the flowers and the card stock. But it left a visible film behind wherever it was applied, so we wouldn’t recommend it for this craft.
Where can I get pressed flowers?
We like buying packs of pressed flowers from Amazon, just because it makes crafting so easy! However it’s also quite simple to press your own flowers – it just takes a bit of time.
The easiest flowers to press are naturally flat, with a single layer of petals. Try using flowers like violets, pansies, daisies, and baby’s breath.
To press your own flowers, sandwich the fresh blooms between newsprint or parchment paper. Then place the package between the pages of a heavy, hardcover book. Finally, add more weight on top of the book (several more heavy books, for example) and leave the blooms for 2 – 6 weeks until the moisture is removed and the petals are tissue paper thin.
What should I write inside my pressed flower card?
There are lots of fun flower themed messages you can write inside your card, whether you’re giving it to Mom, Grandma, or a friend. Here are a few examples:
- Thanks for helping me grow
- You’re blooming amazing
- Plant memories, grow love
- You’re my best bud
- Hope your day is full of sunshine and flowers
- If friends were flowers, I’d pick you
We love how beautiful these pressed flower cards turned out! For a different look, try spelling out ‘MOM’ or ‘LOVE’ with small flowers and stems.
Wrap your homemade card in tissue paper to protect the flowers, and then tie a piece of twine or ribbon around it. Or preserve the memories even more by framing your pressed flower card!
Here’s even more pressed flower craft ideas:
Our book Low-Mess Crafts for Kids is loaded with 72 fun and simple craft ideas for kids! The projects are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple!
Where to buy:
You can purchase Low-Mess Crafts for Kids from Amazon, or wherever books are sold:
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