We had so much fun planting flowers in our garden last month, and decided we should have some fun with them. We made flower presses, and had a May Day Bunco Party!!
Here is how I did it:
For the flower press, we used 2 pieces of press board, (Home Depot) My husband drilled 4 holes in them, (make sure to drill through 2 pieces at the same time so the hole line up and mark the front and back corner of one side so you always know how to line it up later) Add some nuts, bolts, and washers. I had him cut 2 big sheets so each of my Girl Scouts could take home their own flower press to keep. They cost about $2.50 each when finished. I also have a big one, with about 16 bolts in it my Dad made for me years ago. Love it. I have used it so many times. Thanks again Dad for always helping me with all my projects. (I have him working on another project right now)
Open the press, and lay a piece of white typing paper in the press over the bolts. add flowers. Be sure to lay them face down as flat as possible:
Put a 2nd sheet of white paper on top of that. Put the top of the flower press back on, and tighten down all the bolts.
Tighten them again every few days. Wait about a month, and open your press. Beautiful dried flowers!!
To laminate, I used laminator pockets from Wal-Mart, and a laminating machine, (also bought at Wal-Mart) and added all of my flowers and numbers (cut out on my Gazelle) and ran it through once.
Cut out and your done!
For the Bunco party, I hand painted flowers on each score sheets. I did these in about 30 minutes, so excuse my not so perfect flowers:
I think this one was my favorite:
My Mom did the cutest little May Pole with mini Wine bottles for favors:
This May Pole was done with a styrofoam ball on a stick stuck in a bucket filled with cement. Hot Glue, Hot Glue, Hot Glue!!
I made quick little cupcakes and added edible glitter for some sparkle. Cute cups from Michael’s.
Here is the prize table/ Dessert Table:
Here is the dining table, love love love the twinkle lights and candles. It was so cute:
Hope you as inspired to press some flowers in your garden. I have been pressing flowers for years, and have made all kinds of fun things, and saved flowers from important events in my life. Love all my little keepsakes. My Girl Scouts made really cute book markers out of theirs. Wish I had pics to show you.