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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Leaf Press

Living Green

Here is a leaf press that is small enough that you can take it hiking with you.


What You'll Need:
-Card Stock or Construction paper

-Cardboard (can be from a cardboard box)



-String, Ribbon, Large Rubber bands, Twine, or other material to hold press together

The How To:
-First cut your card board to the size that you want your press (I have 5 pieces of cardboard in my press). I cut mine to match the size of my cardstock, which is 8x8 inches.

-Then I glued card stock on to the front and back of each piece of cardboard. This is to just make it look cute and make the card board a little more sturdy.

-Next I placed the thicker pieces of card board on the front and back of the press and left the thinner/flimsy ones in the middle.


-Then it is time to add your leaves between the pages of the press.


- Next use your string, ribbon, rubber band, etc. to hold the press together.


-Now, if you want, you can add some rocks or other heavy object on top of the press to help flatten the leaves.


-Finally after about 2 weeks your pressed leaves should be ready!


One thing I love about this is that it is small enough that you can throw it in your backpack when you are out hiking. That way all the leaves you (or your kids) collect won't be shredded and falling apart even before you get home.


mjhay said...

Brillant! I never even thought of making a press to take hiking with me!

Arlene (CO Kid) said...

Awesome. You should make a couple and bring them to the cabin. :)