ImPRESSive Flowers!

November 8, 2011 at 08:00 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Crafting, Kid's Arts & Crafts, Play@Home Mom, Reviews | Leave a comment

I can’t believe it is already November! That means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Our family likes to use this time to think about all that we are thankful for. This year we decided to make cards for our close family and friends.  With all the pretty colored fall leaves and a few nice flowers left in the garden, we tried out the ALEX My Flower Press so we could use them to decorate our cards.

ALEX Toys My Flower Press

Lori started off by collecting leaves and flowers around the outside of our house. Then she layered them in-between the blotting paper and the cardboard. Layer after layer she added all of her discoveries. There was a lots of space for the leaves and flowers (we didn’t even use all the layers).  I helped screw the flower press shut so the flowers would get nice and flat. Then we waited a few days.

ALEX Toys My Flower Press

It was super exciting to open up the press and see how all the flowers and leaves looked now that they were flat. Lori used the included tweezers to carefully lift the flowers up and set them aside for card making.

ALEX Toys My Flower Press

This kit comes loaded with tons of supplies in addition to the wooden flower press. Inside the box we found: glue, a hole puncher, paint, brushes, colored paper, beads, ribbon, pre-cut cards, gift tags, bookmarks and more! She carefully glued each flower and leaf down and used the included paintbrush to help spread the glue on the delicate petals. She laced and beaded the ribbon and used all the supplies to make some really special cards. She even painted the flower press too!

ALEX Toys My Flower Press

What is really nice about this project is that the flower press can be used by children as well as adults. I could have used this in college when I was dating my (now) husband. I pressed so many flowers in-between the pages of all my books, it made it a little hard to study!

Why I like this project:

  • Sturdy wooden flower press can be used for years and years!
  • This kit is filled with art supplies to make dozens of projects with the pressed flowers and leaves.
  • Encourages crafting with materials found in nature.

Have you ever pressed flowers or leaves before?

ALEX Toys Play@Home Mom

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