This time next week, we will have most likely welcomed our new baby girl into our family. I can hardly believe that the time has finally come. These last 9 months have seemed, well, honestly, very long. With Greg working tirelessly on the house, us living in between my moms and our own home and me chasing around Eliza while pregnant, more pregnant and finally painfully pregnant, this chapter of our lives has really stretched on. Now it is all coming to a head, however. We will finally be staying at our own house and bringing home our new daughter all within the same week. As Greg has been trying to get us a functioning bathroom, I have been working to try and make the house feel at least a little bit homey. The girls’ things have been organized and put into their new closets and all of the baby gear has been cleaned and made ready for our newest arrival. Another thing that I knew I wanted to have done before the baby came was a little something special for Eliza to give to her baby sister. As we collected more and more things for the baby, Eliza was so interested in all of the pretties and I just thought that it would be so fun in the years to come for us to have something that she could work on and feel ownership over within the walls of her sister’s first home. A few weeks ago, we headed to my Aunt Kerry’s house and Eliza picked a small bag of flowers for our project. It was fun seeing her eyes light up as she chose different colors of flowers and was able to add them to our pile. We then set out to press the flowers, which I knew would turn into some sort of creation, although I wasn’t sure what exactly. I had never pressed flower before but decided to go with the slow route of putting them on pieces of paper and in between the folds of the heaviest book I cold find. We then stacked more books on top and let the stack sit for a couple of weeks, drying out the flowers. The result was really beautiful to see. They dried just perfectly, preserving the colors and texture of the sweet flowers that Eliza chose to give to her sister. I then used Photoshop to create a quick template of the first letter of the baby’s name and printed it onto card stock. With some wood glue and a toothpick we were off to creating our final product. We started by layering the long thin flowers we had found in order to define the letter and then added on the bigger, fuller, more colorful flowers at the end. We then placed the card stock and an extra flower that we had in an acrylic frame that I got from Urban Outfitters. I love the result and so does Eliza! It will look beautiful in the baby’s room for years to come and Eliza can always tell her little sis that she had a hand in making her something special. MEB
- small flowers or plant clippings of your choice
- computer paper
- large book
- card stock with monogram letter printed- my template can be found here- letter_template
- wood glue
- Pick flowers
- Clean the flowers if necessary and then place onto clean sheets of computer paper.
- Place the sheets of paper into a large book. We used an old dictionary. Then place more books on top of the flowers and let sit for 2 weeks.
- Print out your desired letter onto a piece of card stock. I have included the file for the template I created and you can just change the letter. Or you can create your own in Photoshop or even Word.
- Using wood glue and a toothpick, place small drops of glue onto the back of the flowers and use the tweezers to place the flowers in the correct place. Also, applying a little pressure to the flowers once they are glued will help to adhere them to the paper.
- Let the first layer of flowers dry for a few minutes before adding another layer.
- Continue to layer your letter with the pressed flowers until you achieve your desired look.