Summer is the perfect time to gather wildflowers to either put in a vase, or like my latest diy, put in floating frames. Where we live in Northwest Indiana, we have a ton of hiking trails and preserves, each with their own special foliage. Even my parents’ neighborhood has a bounty for the picking! I would much rather fill my home with artwork that is meaningful and purposeful rather than something generic to fill a space. Every time I look at these floating wildflowers in our entryway I will be reminded of all the good family walks we had over the summer of 2020.
Step 1: Gather Wildflowers from your favorite walks
For this project I wanted to make the artwork personal since I planned to put it in the foyer of our new build. I collected flowers from Coffee Creek Watershed Preserves, Ridgewood Creek neighborhood where my parents live, and from the property where our new house is being built. I also plan to collect wildflowers from Bailly’s Homestead to frame for my daughter’s room. She loved the idea when I asked her to help make them and Bailly’s is her favorite place right now.
Step 2: Dry out the flowers
I hung the flowers upside down in my closet for a week. Any dark place is perfect for this.
Step 3: Press the flowers
Once they are dried out you can press the flowers in a big book. I used my Outlander series because they are the thickest books I own and I could stack several of them on top of each other. Spread the flowers out individually on the page. Be careful in doing this because they’ll be extremely delicate after drying. If you need to flip a few pages to add more that works. Leave them in there for a few days to a week.
Step 4: Arrange flowers on floating glass
I placed the back glass on the floor and arranged the flowers how I wanted them to look in the frame. Play around and have fun with the design!
Step 5 (Optional): Write out a tag that says where you collected the flowers
This was something special I did for us since they are our favorite hikes and places. They look just as beautiful with the tag as without. If you decide to go with a tag you can cut a small piece of pretty paper or pick up a packet of blank tags at a craft store like Michael’s
Step 6: Place the glass together and frame it
Make sure the glass is pressed and held tightly together so the flowers don’t move around. A little tip, if your tag keeps slipping stick it to the back glass with a little piece of tape.
The finished product
And there you have, steps to making your own personal dried floating flower arrangement to remind you of all the good walks and good talks with family and friends, not to mention they look gorgeous grouped on a wall together. If you try it out for yourself leave a comment on how the project went and include some pictures if you have any!