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Whether you are saving a special bouquet or want to create your own preserved flower art, proper framing is the key to retaining the beauty of dried flowers. Understanding how to prepare your flowers and what to expect from the framer ensures the flowers are preserved to last a lifetime. Dry the Flowers Completely Any moisture left in the flowers will result in mold and rotting once they are framed. Most flowers require pressing or hang drying for three weeks to ensure all the moisture has evaporated. Press the flowers to dry them if you want a flat frame. If you prefer 3-dimensional framing in a shadow box, hang dry the flowers or bury them in a box filled with silica gel crystals to dry them. You can verify that the flowers are ready to frame by pressing lightly on the thick portion behind the flower stem. If it feels dry, the flower is ready to frame. Some custom framers specialize in dried flower preservation and they may even take care of the drying process for a small fee. Inquire About Materials Before trusting your flowers with a framer, verify that they are using acid-free materials in all their frames. This prevents yellowing and discoloration. It’s best if framers skip the glue when mounting flowers, because adhesives can cause petals to become discolored or to darken. Most custom framers will recommend pressure framing for pressed flowers. In this case, they will arrange the flowers on the backing mat to your specifications, and then sandwich the flowers between the backing and the glass to hold them in place. Shadow boxes may require some adhesive, unless they are pinned in place. Verify that the framer has a glue that is made for use on dried flowers so discoloration won’t be an issue. Hang It Properly Once successfully framed, keeping the flowers beautiful is up to you. Although the flowers are sealed inside a frame, it’s still best to manage moisture. Avoid displaying dried flowers in humid areas, such as in a bathroom or above the kitchen sink. Direct sunlight can also cause flowers to fade, so keep them in an area where bright light doesn’t shine directly on the frame. Although it is possible to frame the flowers yourself, a professional custom framer, like Instaframe Galleries, that is experienced with dried flowers provides the necessary expertise and tools to make sure the framing is done...read more
If your children are bored, let them make this craft using felt fabric. You only need a few items, and they will have fun making it. Make sure you purchase extra felt in different colors in case they want to make more than one. Materials Needed The materials needed for this craft are inexpensive, and you only need a few such as: 2 pieces of felt fabric in the standard 9×12 size Hole puncher Scissors 3 ribbons 1 button the size of a quarter with large holes 3 pipe cleaners Let your child choose the color of the fabric, as well as the pipe cleaners. Cut the Felt Have your child cut the felt in half so there are two sheets. Fold one sheet one-third of the way down, and cut off the top one-third. Punch the Holes Lay the felt on a table, and line up the pieces. One piece will be longer than the other will, because you cut it in the step above. Start punching five holes on the side, spacing them out about one inch, and two holes on the bottom of each piece, spacing them out approximately two inches. Stop punching when you reach the longer piece, as you do not want holes there. Punch two holes on the top center of the shorter fabric piece. This is for the button on the purse or satchel so make the holes close together. Cut the Flap The top piece is the flap that you will fold down onto the shorter piece. You need to cut this so it looks like a triangle. The top of the triangle is at the top, and cut your way down on each side. Thread the Button Use three inches of the pipe cleaner and thread the button. Twist the ends together to secure. Thread it through the holes you punched at the middle top of the short piece, and then twist to secure, cut off any excess. Thread the Ribbon Next, you need to secure the sides and bottom of the purse. To do this, thread the ribbon through the holes in the satchel or purse like if you were sewing it. Start at the top of one side, and work your way down and up the other side. When you are finished, tie a knot on the end of the ribbon large enough so it does not slip through. Make a Button Hole Cut a slip into the middle of the longer piece for the buttonhole. Make sure you do not make it larger than the button so it will stay closed. This is an easy no sew craft that even younger children can make with your help. When you are finished, your child can use it as a purse or use it as a satchel. (For more information on fabric stores, go to Fabrics...read more