This is a brief 'how to' guide on using your microwave to create your own gorgeous flower embellishments.
In today's busy world, who has time to wait weeks for flowers to dry to use them as embellishements in scrapbooking or cardmaking. What most people have handy are flowers and a microwave, so within a fraction of the time, lets create our own dried flower embellishments!
What you will need?
- Flowers - choose simple, fairly flat flowers for best results, but also try experimenting with different blooms.
- Blotting paper (type used in flower pressing)
- Kitchen paper
- Misc kitchen bowl/plate
- Place a piece of kitchen paper on a flat microwave safe plate.
- Lay a piece of blotting paper on top on the kitchen paper.
- Arrange your blooms on the blotting paper so they do not overlap. If they are not very flat, trying placing them face down on the paper.
- Add another piece of blotting paper over the flowers.
- Add another piece of kitchen paper over the blotting paper. You should now have a flower sandwich eg kitchen paper, blotting paper, flowers, blotting paper, kitchen paper.
- Add a large flat bottomed microwave safe glass bowl on top of the plate so that the flower sandwich is between the plate and the glass bowl and half fill with water. The weight of the glass bowl helps flatten the flower and drains the excess moisture into the paper.
- Cook on high for a few minutes. As different flowers take different times to dry, try testing a few first before doing a batch of them.
- Take the stuff out of the microwave and allow it to cool.
- Once it has cooled down carefully separate the flowers from the blotting paper.
- Attach to your scrapbook pages or personalise greetings cards with your dried flowers.