Some of my posts just tend to fall in my lap. This DIY was definitely one of those. I was walking into Publix, and I saw this little bitty fern frond in the parking lot. It was in the middle of the road, so of course I ran to pick it up off the ground, embarrassing myself while the shoppers wondered why I was chasing a leaf. But it was a good leaf! And inspiration struck me. My friend Julia sent me this frame years ago with a little Renaissance painting inside. It has held many things over the years, but this project seemed perfect.
I've been eyeing some really expensive pressed ferns framed at an antique store I frequent. But it's such an easy project to do yourself, and it gets you out of the house and on a nature walk to search for just the right plant. Or in my case, chasing a leaf around the Publix parking lot. This all goes to say that we all need to slow down and put down our phones for awhile. We need to enjoy nature and be still for once. I am the worst at being still. Just ask Sam. I spend most of my time with my eyeballs glued to Instagram or running around the house finding new "projects" for us to do. And by us I mean him. He says he just looks at the pictures on the blog so I feel fine saying this, haha!
Even if you have to go buy a frame, you'll have most of the items for this DIY laying around the house. It's a great rainy day project. Go on a nature hike searching for leaves and then press them for a lovely wall hanging. If you want to get really fancy, cut out an old page from a book instead of a piece of white paper to glue your leaf in. I hope this DIY gets you out in nature and unplugged for awhile :)
PRESSED FERN DIY
Fern or other leaf or flower to press
A stack of heavy books
A piece of paper large enough to fit your fern
A frame large enough to fit your fern
Rubber Cement glue
Once you have your fern, place it in the back cover of a heavy book (maybe something you don't mind getting a little dirty, since this may wrinkle the pages). Close the book and stack the other heavy books on top. Leave like this for a week, until your plant has been pressed completely and is dried.
Remove from the book carefully. Using the frame backing, trace the paper to the size of the frame and cut to size. Decide how you'd like to arrange your fern and dab rubber cement on the back of the fern, making sure not to use too much. Press onto the paper as desired. Wipe any excess glue with a paper towel. Let the fern dry.
Once your fern is dry, place it in the frame and put the backing on. Now you have a beautiful homemade art piece!