How to Press Flowers and Leaves.
Learningto press leaves or flowers makes a good science project for young children.
Here are sometips to make these materials last longer than they do in nature.
You will need Flowers orleaves Newspaper sheets Heavy weights Wax paper Large book and labels or cards (optional).
Collect some interesting flowers or leaves.
Place the flowers or leavesbetween two sheets of newspaper, and let them flatten and dry under some heavy weights forat least one day.
Remove the partially dried flowers or leaves when they are freeof any surface moisture.
Insert each flower or leaf, separately sandwiched betweentwo sheets of wax paper, in the pages of a large book.
Leave about 100 pages, or 0.
125inches, between pressings.
Choose a book that you no longer use or need.
This will preventany damage to books you want to keep.
Place heavy weights on the book.
Leave the flowers or leaves in the book for a couple of weeks before removing them.
Insertlabels of where you found the leaves or flowers, or if you were given the flowers, includethe card in the pressing.
Store the pressed leaves or flowers in an album.
Enjoylooking at them and capturing the memories of nature.
Did you know The color change ofleaves in the fall is due to chemical transformations in the leaf pigments.