You can preserve the beauty of the season and its lovely flowers with this gardening activity for kids -- a flower press that you make together.
What You'll Need:
- Large piece of thin plywood
- Power drill
- 1/4-inch drill bit
- Blunt scissors
- Construction paper
- Assorted flowers
- Four 2×1/4-inch bolts
- Four wing nuts
- Four washers
Step 1: Saw two 10-inch squares from the plywood (you'll want to do this part for your kids). Clamp the pieces together.
Step 2: Drill a 1/4-inch hole in each corner all the way through both boards (you'll also want to do this step for your kids).
Step 3: Take the clamps off the plywood pieces, and sand the edges.
Step 4: Cut four 10-inch squares from cardboard and six 10-inch squares from construction paper. Cut the corners off each square.
Step 5: Place a cardboard square on top of one plywood piece and a square of construction paper on top of the cardboard. Arrange your flowers on top of the construction paper.
Step 6: Place a second square of construction paper on top of the flowers, and then another cardboard square. Continue with additional layers of materials following the same order.
Step 7: After all the layers are arranged, place the second piece of plywood on top of everything. Insert the bolts in each hole, put on the washers, and tighten down the wing nuts.
Step 8: Put your flower press in a warm, dry place for at least six months. The longer the flowers are allowed to dry, the less likely their color is to fade when you use them in a design.
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