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DIY: Pressed Plant Frame

DIY Pressed PlantsI’ll spare you from a long story and just give you the short version – I recently had to cut off all the leaves from one of my calathea plants due to our apartment temperature getting below 50 degrees while we were gone one weekend. Upon returning, the once vivacious plant had quickly taken a depressing turn. So, as one should do when this occurs, it was necessary to cut off all of the leaves to restore the plant’s health. Since I couldn’t bare to part with the beautiful leaves, I quickly came up with another way to be able to admire them and turned them into wall art. And since I’m sure there’s not too many people in the calathea predicament I was in, it’s important to note that this DIY process works for any type of store-bought greenery, leaf, or flower as well!

Pressed Plant Frame

Materials Needed:

  • Plants, Leaves, Flowers (whatever you want to display!)
  • Book
  • Tissue paper
  • Floating frame
  • Double-sided tape
  • Nail + hammer to hang

Directions:

Step #1: While there are plenty of pressing methods – I find it easiest to just press my leaves (or flowers) by sandwiching each, individually, between two sheets of tissue paper and placing the tissue/leaf/tissue sandwich in the middle of a large book. Once evenly inside, lay the book on its side and stack a few additional books on top. Let the leaves dry for a few days – time will vary depending on the size and type of leaf. You’ll know it’s finished drying once you’re able to remove it with the leaf remaining flat and not curling at the edges.

Pressed Plants DIY

Step #2: Whether you’re using a floating frame, hacking your own floating frame, or using a regular frame with backing, the process here is the same – you have a front piece of glass and a back piece. Remove the back piece and position your dried plants to check placement. And make sure to clean off any fingerprints once you’re set on the placement. Next, add a couple small pieces of double-sided tape to the back of your leaf / leaves and place front-side-up on the frame’s back piece. Then carefully slide in (or position into place) and close the frame.

Step #3: Now it’s time to display your new wall art. This wasn’t easy for me – it took a lot of time figuring out where I wanted to put them. While I liked the look of the smaller frame on my wall shelf, I ended up going with them all grouped together, as I loved the way it emphasized the backless beauty of the frames. While I preferred the more monotone look with the green plants, think of how pretty these would look with dried flowers. A simple idea (and process) with endless possibilities.

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15 Comments

  1. Caitlyn

    May 1, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Lovely! Do you think you will have an issues with the color fading?

    1. alanajonesmann

      May 3, 2015 at 7:33 am

      you can see a little fading from the calathea plant – after you press it there won’t be too much additional fading. the palm stayed the most green out of all the plants, so i’d recommend using that if you can!

      1. Caitlyn

        May 3, 2015 at 7:58 am

        Thank you for the tips!

        1. alanajonesmann

          May 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

          of course! xx

  2. melanie

    July 5, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    where did you purchase your floating frames? my boyfriend says a regular floating frame would be too paper thin between the glass to place flowers. I haven’t found any he thinks would work.

    1. alanajonesmann

      July 7, 2015 at 5:15 am

      you can get them at a lot of places – they’re called “Float Frames” – a google search will pull up a bunch. Anthro also has some nice ones – just search “pressed glass photo frame” on their site. Look forward to hearing you proved your boyfriend wrong!

      1. julia smith

        January 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

        i’m having trouble finding ones like yours. i like that they’re white and simple. can you please share where you purchased them? thanks!

  3. ella wayfarer

    April 13, 2016 at 2:49 am

    WOW! Such a great idea! I press blossoms to use them for DIY projects, but it never occured to me to press a palm leave. I’ll definitely try it 😉 Thanks!
    ♡ Ella
    https://ellawayfarer.com/

  4. vaibhavnahar

    May 23, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Hey, how to manage pressing larger plants? Dont have that big books to press them…

  5. sincerelyjoblog

    July 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Hey! I love your idea and the finished product – your post sure helped feed my botanical-everything obsession I currently have! I’ve included your pressed plant frames in a recent inspiration board, which you can check out here: http://sincerelyjo.com/?p=345

  6. Asio

    July 25, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Is it possible to make your own floating frames?

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    October 12, 2016 at 4:08 am

    its so lovely, thanks for the article

  10. Lívia

    November 5, 2016 at 9:11 am

    What’s the size of the floating frames you used?

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