A fun kids diy flower press can turn a simple wildflower (or garden flower) unit study into a fun and memorable unit by adding in some simple hands-on activities.
Just a few dollars and a little time are all you need to create an easy perfectly portable flower press that you and your child can use again and again.
Turn everything from black-eyed susans to hydrangeas into a dried keepsake.
Furthermore, make dried pressed flowers for crafts, homemade potpourri, or to put into a scrapbook.
Kids DIY Flower Press
Also, this flower press is great for on the go and can be toted around in your backpack to bring your floral treasures home.
Because it’s such a frugal project, everyone can have their own.
We spent $2.00 on wood at Dollar Tree; we had paint and twine already on hand making it a frugal and fun activity with a purpose.
You will need :
- 2 thin unfinished wood pieces
- hot glue gun/sticks
- card stock
- foam brush
I found these two unfinished wood pieces at Dollar Tree (my favorite place to find inexpensive supplies for homeschool projects) in the craft section.
If you don’t find them there you can get any two precut wood pieces from the craft store. Just be sure they are ¼” thick or less.
Paint one side of each of the wooden pieces and allow to dry completely.
Trace around your shape onto cardstock to create layers for your flower press.
You don’t need more than two layers, but you can cut extra as you will want to replace them after every few uses due to the moisture it will collect.
Steps for DIY Kids Flower Press
First, cut 2 pieces of twine into two foot lengths.
Then, hot glue one of the pieces of twine to the corner of the painted side of the wood. Secure it well.
On the other piece of wood glue the second length of twine to the opposite corner of the first.
If you prefer to give it a more finished look you can cover it up by glueing on silk flower or greenery like we did here.
To use your flower press lay flowers between sheets of cardstock on the bottom wooden piece, lay the other on top and wrap twine as tightly as you can around the sides, tying it off into a bow.
Allow your flowers to sit in the press for 2 or 3 days until flat and fully dry.
Hands-on Ideas for Kids DIY Flower Press
Try some of these additional hands on activities to expand on your flower explorations!
- Head outside and gather up flowers from locals fields or your own backyard and try them out on your new flower press. Once you have them home search through field guides or use an app try to identify each.
- Find out your state flower and try to locate one.
- Use a real flower to label each of the parts.
- Plant your own wildflowers after making these Wildflower Seed Bombs.
- Take apart a flower and identify the parts- petal, pistel, stem, stigma, filament, etc…
- Use watercolor paint to recreate your flower finds on paper.
- Dig deep into this Wildflower Unit Study & Lapbook.
- Try to identify at least 10 different types of flowers.
- Create a flower sensory bin for young children with fresh flowers, leaves, and stems.
- Young children can also count the petals on the flowers.
- Use different types of flowers on long stems as natural paint brushes.
- Plant a flower garden or even a small container of flowers together.
In addition, here are some great resources to help you identify your flower finds in the field or at home.
Whether you have a budding botanist or love being outdoors, you’ll love making this fun DIY flower press.
If you’re wanting to add a few more activities to this activity, I know you’ll love these ideas below.
- Wildflowers Unit Study & Lapbook
- How to Easily Make Fun Seed Tape With Kids
- Fun Kids Activity How to Make Wildflower Seed Bombs
- How to Make a Fun Kids Root Viewer
- Hands-On Mixed Media Flower Art Fun Nature Study
- Easy Seed and Gardening Unit Study for Kids (Middle – Upper Elementary)
- Foraging and Feasting Nature Unit Study and Lapbook
- Hands-on Ancient Babylon: Hanging Gardens Fun Activity
- How to Easily Garden Plan With Kids Using LEGO
- Fascinating and Fun Honey Bees Unit Study and Lapbook for Kids
- Labeling Parts of a Honey Bee LEGO Fun Activity For Kids
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