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Pressing Flowers and Leaves

Pressing is probably one of the easiest ways to preserve leaves and flowers. This method works best for individual leaves and fronds that are relatively flat to begin with (think ferns), and flowers with only a few petals (like pansies).

It's as simple as placing the leaves or flowers between sheets of paper, or in a book, and putting something heavy on top. Patience is required—wait a few weeks before checking on them. There are quicker (and slightly more complicated) methods as well.

Pressed flowers and leaves look lovely in scrapbooks and can be incorporated into other crafts as well, such as homemade papers and cards.

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