Frame your face with flowers and leaves.
IMaking the pressed floral mirror
1. Draw a window, 20cm by 30cm, inside the mounting board to mark the position for the mirror. Apply acrylic paint with a sponge to the board. Apply a second colour either with the sponge or by spattering with a toothbrush to add texture to the background.
2. Work out a rough layout for the pressed flowers to be arranged around the border. The circles in the diagram are guides to indicate the focal points from where each set of flowers and leaves are to radiate. Base your border design on them. Lay out some bigger pieces of leaves onto the board and move them around with tweezers until you are satisfied with the arrangement.
3. Pick up each leaf and spread a thin layer of glue onto the back with a toothpick. Use tweezers to transfer the leaf onto the board. Place a piece of scrap paper over the leaf and run your hand over it to smoothen and press it in place. Next, arrange and glue the flowers or smaller leaves at the focal points. Fill in the spaces between each cluster with smaller leaves to complete the border.
4. Apply three coats of craft varnish over LIKE to give mirrors as birthday gifts. I think they make wonderful and practical presents. Who does not like looking at her own face and checking her appearance every time she passes a mirror?
So, let’s make a craft project with a mirror. This mirror with pressed flowers and leaves around the border gives the viewer something more to admire than her reflection!
As the border is wide, select bigger leaves, especially pinnate ones. Among the specimens I used here are curry leaves, ulam raja, the leaves of the bitter gourd and cape honeysuckle. The flowers used are torenias, ixoras, small hibiscus and culphea. Seal them with a few layers of varnish and they are embedded for all eternity!
To add extra sparkle, intersperse the design with pieces of cut CDs.
My piece of handicraft is going to someone gentle, someone celebrating her 80th birthday this month.
From mounting board, pressed flowers and CD. You need: Half white mounting board – 37cm x 50cm Pressed flowers and leaves Old CD PVA and UHU glue Toothpick and tweezers Cutter Pencil and ruler Scrap paper Acrylic paints Sponge and toothbrush Brushes Craft varnish Go to framer for: Wooden frame Mirror Backing board and hooks
Pressing flowers and leaves
> Pick flowers and leaves at noon or later when they are free of dew and moisture.
> Check that there are no insects on your specimens. Do not collect those which are torn or chewed by insects.
> Cut off or trim parts of the flowers or leaves which are thick.
> Place your specimens in between the pages of a telephone directory.
> Put a pile of heavy books on the directory and set aside for two weeks.
> When well-pressed and ready for use, the specimens hold their shape and are not limp.
the whole border, allowing to dry completely in between each coat.
5. Bring your piece to a framer to frame and set a mirror onto it. (note: My framer cuts a window within the pencil-marked rectangle and glues the mirror right onto the backing board.) 6. Cut up a CD. Trim small circles to glue them onto the focal points of the floral arrangement around the border. Cut heart shapes of different sizes and glue them in the spaces between the flowers and leaves. Hang and display your mirror away from direct sunlight.