Summer is here and so are all the beautiful blooms . . . but before those flowers wilt in the dog days of summer, you can preserve them!
Summer Beach is back today to share how she and Ulysses preserve the stunning summer blooms to wear around and cheer each other up all winter long.
Let's see how...
Hi-ya peeps! Many people we know collect and press summer blooms in a journal and we think that is one fantastic way. In fact, here's our preferred method of pressing flowers.
But, today Ulysses and I want to share with you all another method of preserving leaves and flowers that will allow you to wear them around and cheer each other up all winter long.
How can you do this? Through nature prints!!
You are going to need the following:
Once you have what you need, here is what you do...
Flowers and leaves are made up of thousands of tiny little blocks we call plant cells. These cells have a very strong, rigid wall that keeps all of the contents inside.
Inside each of the building blocks are chemicals called pigments that give the leaf or flower its color. When the foliage was hit with the hammer, the cell wall was broken. The interior pigments were released, leaving a perfect imprint of the leaf or flower.
The reason you can see such detail is due to the fact that each individual cell contains slightly different pigments, giving the leaf or flower a rich depth of color.
Wow, we can't wait to make our own nature prints t-shirts!! We might even try using one of the blooms off of a Sassafras tree...
If you try this out, take a pic and share it with us by tagging @sassafrassci. We would love to see your creations!!
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