Dried Flower Guestbook Tutorial
I’m excited about all my projects, but I really think this dried flower guestbook turned out awesome! I just love the aged look and beauty of the flowers. However, let’s address a few things before we start. I used a very elementary pressing method in this tutorial. You’re welcome to try out more advanced methods. I was told wax paper is a good way to ensure your flowers will come up easily and won’t ruin the pages of the book. I didn’t use wax paper and my flowers came right up, but they did leave their mark on the book.
I would suggest using an old heavy book that you don’t mind marking up a bit. Also, most of the lilacs I pressed turned brown because of their high water content. I’m not sure if letting them dry for a day before pressing would have helped or not, but it might be worth a try with those flowers that don’t press well. One more thing: I used hot glue mainly because I love hot glue. It worked extremely well, but be careful with it. It’s so easy to burn yourself, especially working with these small flower parts. So now that we’ve got the intro out of the way, we can get started.
- Flower cuttings
- Large heavy book
- Hot glue
- Embellishments (I used small pearl beads.)
- Blank page guestbook
Step 1: Gather cuttings of some of your favorite flowers and plants.
Step 2: Arrange the cuttings between the pages of your large and heavy book. Be sure to give them enough space so they’re not touching and keep at least 20 pages between each pressing. Also, use this chance to shape your plants how you think you’ll want them. Whatever shape your plants are in when you press them is how they’ll end up dried. Also, be sure to make note of which pages you’ve used so you don’t have to leaf through each page (like I did, oops).
Step 3: Close your book and wrap a belt around as tight as it’ll go to add extra pressure to your flowers.
Step 4: Let your book sit like that for at least a week.
Step 5: Once you’ve waited long enough, open your book and carefully peel your plants up from the pages. Be extremely careful when working with the plants. Now that they’re pressed they will be fragile.
Step 6: Arrange your plants on the pages of your guestbook until you have a configuration you like. If you’re struggling with this, you could try placing your flowers around the edges of the page. You could also place them randomly throughout the page and invite your guests to write on the blank spaces.
Step 7: Once you like the look of your pages, begin applying glue to the plants and placing them on the pages. If you’re having trouble with the glue, I would try gluing the stems down first, and then peeling up the tops and gluing them down so you don’t have to rush.
Step 8: Glue all your plants in place, and be sure to catch all the spidery hot glue tendrils, cleaning them off the page. If you make a mistake and use too much glue, you can utilize a toothpick or small tool to clean up your edges. The hot glue can be fixed slightly while it’s still hot.
Step 9: Glue on your embellishments. I glued beads along the edges of some of my plants to create an attractive, ornamental look.
Step 10: Make your finishing touches and store your book in a dry place. Then bring it to your wedding and have your guests sign!
I just love the way the pressed flowers look on the pages. I think your guests will, too! I feel like a great wedding design is made up of small unique touches, and this book is just one of those little features that will catch your guests’ eyes. This is a book you can hopefully enjoy for years after your wedding.