Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial (Pressed Flower Necklace)


One of the things I loved about Virginia was how green it was.
The trees were beautiful, and there were flowers everywhere.
So while we were there, David and I enjoyed collecting leaves and flowers and pressing them in books so that we could bring some pretty memories back with us.

And that's how this necklace came about:



Materials Needed
Freshly picked flower (or leaf...)
Pendant tray with glass insert
Paper
Clear-drying jewelry glue
Scissors
Chain



1. Take a walk and find a pretty specimen outside... make sure it is the right size to fit in your pendant tray.

2. Press the flower or leaf you have collected inside a book. I recommend that you place a paper napkin on either side of the flower to better dry out your flower and protect the book pages. Also, depending on how heavy the book is, you may want to stack some other books on top of it for a better result.

3. Let the flower sit for at least a week. Then remove and admire your handiwork:



4. Remove the stem from your flower:



5. Spread some glue on a piece of cardstock and adhere your flower:



6. Add more glue to the back of the glass insert and adhere it atop your flower:



7. Let dry according to glue specifications.

8. When glue is dry, cut the excess cardstock from around the glass insert.

9. Apply glue to tray of the pendant and insert the flower/glass insert.

10. Place something heavy on top of the pendant and allow it to dry.

When it's dry, string the chain through your pendant and enjoy wearing the little piece of spring you captured:



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28 comments:

Jessica said...

Pretty!!

Magpie Shinies said...

Wouldn't this be a cool way to keep those occasional four leaf clovers? Great idea!

Kimberlee of Magpie Shinies

Craftmaker said...

This is adorable! I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

Pretty! You know I love that sweet flower... ;)

Em {Emerging Em} said...

Yay! So pretty! It's a mini daffodil right? That's one of my favorites...besides tulips. And Queen Anne's Lace. :)

Mama Pea said...

This is really sweet. I like the buttercup.

Amanda said...

i love this!!! it looks really cute!

Ashley said...

great DIY! I love it!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

This is super sweet Mandy!!! What a fun necklace!

nikkibit said...

This is fantastic! AND SO EASY! I can't wait to make some this summer, thank you so much for the tutorial!! I will include it on my "Friday Faves" this week :)
Nikki
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http://littlebitvintage.com

Lindsay - Paint Me A Picture said...

eeeeek!
cute. cuter than cute. make me one please. I joke, I will make one for sure.

The Beading Gem said...

I was just admiring the new flowers emerging in my garden! What a splendid way to preserve them. I'm going to be trying this out too. I will also feature and link in a future post so others can come visit! Pearl

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

I LOVE this, what a pretty idea! Where do you get those pendant necklaces? A craft store? LOVE IT! Hope you are well!

Holly said...

That is gorgeous...it looks like a piece of beautiful vintage jewelry you would be thrilled to discover anywhere. How gorgeous!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

LOVE!!! Cant wait to do this one Mandy :)

Kimberly from "bugaboo" said...

As usually, you've added to my to do list. :) Thanks!

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

OMG! This is too cute. I would never have guessed that it would be this easy to make these. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a lovely lovely day.

Leslie said...

This is such a great tutorial LOVE IT!! I will definitely be trying this!

Chef in Training said...

this is so pretty! I LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out mine and follow me too! Thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

That is super pretty Mandy! Lovely idea to always remember some place you've been! Thanks for linking it up this week!

Also... When do you find out what that little munchkin is?! lol

phummel09 said...

When can I purchase the pendant component you are using? I'd like to make a few of these for my Granddaughters

Screaming Sardine said...

That is so cute. What a great idea. I'm going to try that. :) Thanks for sharing - it looks simple enough to do.

Cheers,
Tracy Screaming Sardine

SewHappyGeek said...

I love how simple and elegant it looks! I'm def gonna have to start looking for one of those pendants now. I'm so glad I stumbled on your blog! I know my readers would love your tute as well, so if you get a chance, link up tomorrow at Manic Monday: www.sewhappygeek.co.uk :) have a lovely week!

Sarah B. said...

That turned out sooooo pretty!

Mindie Hilton said...

I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

Come strut your stuff.

Steph said...

I really love this tutorial and plan on doing it when i find the perfect flower :). I noticed that a couple people asked where you got the pendant tray and i was wondering the same thing. I looked at Michael's and Joann's and there was nothing like this, but i found something that looks identical to it at http://www.sunandmooncraftkits.com/findings/pendant-trays/30mm-round-pendant-trays-w-glass-dome-inserts.html. Is this where you purchased it? Thanks for posting this :)

sunndmooncraftkits said...

Great Tutorial!

I just wanted to post and say Hi! from Sun And Moon Craft Kits. I love this tutorial, your finished piece is beautiful!

I do have these pendant trays and glass, as well as many other designs available on my website, here's a link to them:

http://www.sunandmooncraftkits.com/pendant-trays.html

I also carry a variety of necklaces in many different colors and styles.

If anyone needs help with a project you can always give me a call, my number is on my website.

XO,
Gina

TLC said...

love this idea!! Yes I am blog-stalking you :) looking for some craft ideas! I miss your blog. But I know you are a busy momma these days :)