Make a Pressed Flower Journal
When you have little else to give, you can give a handmade gift created from a few simple blossoms picked and carefully arranged to adorn the cover of a journal.
First, carefully lay the freshly-picked blossoms or stems on absorbent paper, like a tissue. Fold over to enclose the blossoms and leaves. Place between the pages of a large book and close the book. Set aside and add a few more books to the stack to help weigh it down. Allow to sit undisturbed for 4-5 days.
Purchase a blank journal or assemble papers to make your own. Carefully lift the dried blossoms from the tissue with tweezers and adhere to the cover with an acid-free glue pen. Then cover with a clear adhesive paper. Add a satin ribbon page marker with a charm tied to the end for a special touch.
To preserve the memory of your creation, add a nameplate to the inside cover. The flowers fade as the years slip by, but the love of a gift from your garden lasts long.
- Martha Greene