Live flowers are so beautiful, but they don’t last long enough sometimes. Sometimes you just want to keep them around forever! There are several different ways to preserve fresh flowers, but one of my favorite ways to do it is by pressing them between the pages of a book. Inside the weight of the book, the flowers will dry flat, and there are so many different things you can do with them then. I’m excited to share with you this Pressed Flower Resin Serving tray, which is just one of the many things you can do with dried pressed flowers. The Walnut Hollow Tray collection is perfect for this project.
Here’s what you’ll need to complete this project:
- Walnut Hollow Serving Tray
- Stain or Paint
- Epoxy Resin (two-part resin and hardener)
- Pressed Dried Flowers
- Mixing Cup and stirring sticks
First, you will need to press your flowers. Some flowers press better than others. Big thick flowers are harder to get flat. Smaller flowers work better. Line the pages of a large book with wax paper, place your flowers spread out on the paper, and close the book on them. Place something heavy on the book and leave for several days.
While your flowers are drying, or after they are completely dry, prepare your Serving Tray for the project. I stained mine a custom gray, but you could paint yours, or even leave it unfinished.
When the stain is completely dry, and your flowers are pressed and dry, you can mix your resin. Every brand of resin is different, so make sure you follow the brand specific instructions on your packaging. Mix the first 8 ounces completely, and pour into the bottom of the Serving Tray.
Place your pressed dried flowers on top of the resin in the Serving Tray, and gently press into the resin with your stirring stick.
Remove any visible bubbles with a small craft torch, heat gun, or your warm breath. Allow the resin to cure completely overnight.
Once the flowers have cured into the first layer of resin, Mix the second 8 ounces of resin and pour over the top of them, sealing everything inside. Remove any visible bubbles again, and allow to cure completely.
Some flowers discolor slightly when dried, but they are still beautiful trapped in the resin forever! Now you have a lovely, Spring-ready serving tray. Have you ever pressed flowers before?