My mom, sister, and I have totally been obsessing over the countless girl thrillers hitting the stands over the past couple years. Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, The Woman in Cabin 10 — you name the book, chances are we’ve not only read it, but devoured and thoroughly discussed it. In a way, these books have been something for us all to bond over. With us all living in different cities, doing our own things, we always make time to call each other and discuss the characters and crazy plot twists in our “book of the month”.
I’d been brainstorming for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for months when it hit me, pressed flower bookmarks! While we are all pretty avid readers, we struggle with the same problem of finding something to mark our place after a good reading session — I guess you could say the apples don’t fall far from the tree. 😉 While napkins and old receipts do the trick, there is something about having a handmade bookmark that makes the experience that much more special.
These pressed flower bookmarks are so cute and personal, and the perfect gift for the resident bookworm in your life. Even more, it’ll go great with our newest book of choice, Paula Hawkin’s (author of Girl on the Train) newest thriller, Into the Water!!
- Parchment paper
- Heavy books
- Elmer’s glue
- Construction paper
- Iron and ironing board (optional step)
- Lamination pouches (optional step)
This past weekend, I was home in Half Moon Bay visiting my parents. I found these beautiful flowers along the coast one day while taking my dog, Noodles, for a walk — perfect for the pressed flower bookmarks I had been imagining. I went for small, vibrant flowers that would easily mount onto small, bookmark-sized paper, but feel free to go with whatever flowers you desire.
Next, I lined a page of a book with parchment paper and carefully placed the flowers inside. It’s important to make sure to arrange the flower petals carefully as they will be permanently frozen in that position. Close the book shut firmly, and place under the weight of several books or other heavy objects. Ideally, you will leave the flowers for seven to fourteen days to see the best results.
However, not all of us have the time required to completely remove the moisture from the flowers. If you don’t have that time, don’t fret! There is still a way to make this craft work for you. Rather than placing the flowers and parchment paper inside a book, place them underneath an iron instead. Hold the iron (silk/light settings) in place for fifteen seconds before removing and letting cool for the same amount of time. Repeat this process until the flowers are completely dried out, but be careful not to let them burn!
Once the flowers are completely dried, I arranged them onto the bookmark-sized paper. Secure the flowers to the paper with glue. I found that because the flowers are so small and delicate, it was easier to tack the flowers down with glue and a toothpick. A little bit of glue really goes a long way and it’s very easy to overdo it.
The next step is completely optional, but I decided to laminate the bookmark. This step will protect the flowers from any wear-and-tear long-term, but it is by no means is necessary!! Once the bookmark is to your liking — laminated or not — punch a hole at the top of the paper. String twine through the hole and tie the ends together to hold. I found that this addition nicely complemented the rustic charm of the presse.
And just like that, your pressed flower bookmarks are finished and ready to use!
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom — I love you!!