How to make a wildflower journal with pressed flowers, leaves & plants!

I enjoy collecting and pressing wildflowers and leaves from my neighborhood or on my travels. My wood plant press is 11 1/4″ x 7″ and filled with printer paper that fits nicely when cut in half! The pages can be stacked with many layers of flowers & leaves, then secured with the wood cover and tightened with the wing nuts. I made a small travel plant press (5″ x 8″) out of foam core sheets for the covers, decorated with scrapbook paper (applied mod podge for adhesive), and printer paper cut to size stacked inside. A simple elastic and binder clip enclosure makes this a secure, lightweight press to carry in my journal bag for travel!

It takes around 2 weeks for the plants to completely dry and press, ready for use in various projects — candle holders, bookmarks, tags, cards and more! My pressed flower supply has been growing and it’s getting hard to find what I want or even know what I have!

I found an awesome way of organizing my pressed plants that categorizes them, is easy to access, is portable, handmade and pretty! My new wildflower storage system was inspired by TheCreativeCove where she demonstrates how to make a pressed flower journal.

Supplies:

  • Pressed flowers, leaves and plants
  • Clear contact paper
  • Bristol board for cover 9″ x 12″ (1 sheet)
  • Drawing paper (or other) 9″ x 12″ for the signatures (5-10 sheets)
  • Card stock 8 1/2″ x 11″ (5-10 sheets)
  • Elastic cord
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Handmade embellishments & stickers
  • Mod podge / glue / tape runner
  • Rubber stamps
  • Small ziplock bags
  • Distress ink
  • Brad fasteners

How to assemble a wildflower journal:

  1. Cover: Cut out a piece of contact paper that is 9″ x 12″.
  2. Lay it on a flat surface with the clear side down, then peel off the backing.
  3. Position your dried flowers, leaves and embellishments facing down onto the sticky surface (leaving space around each element so that there is exposed sticky areas.
  4. When you are happy with your design, lay a piece of cardstock over all and rub the surface thoroughly and evenly so that the card stock sticks well to the contact paper. Trim any edges if necessary.
  5. Fold the laminated cover in half so that you have a 6″ x 9″ cover.
  1. Signature booklets: Fold the drawing paper in half (I used 5 sheets in a stack) so that you have a 6″ x 9″ signature booklet for the inside of your journal.
  2. Binding: Position the signature booklet inside the laminated cover, lightly stretch the elastic cord around the fold, tie a tight knot on the inside of the booklet & trim extra length. With this style of elastic binding, it is easy to add more signature booklets to expand your storage space!
  3. Enclosure: Punch a hole in the middle of the opened booklet with an awl. Insert a doubled over 13″ (approximately) piece of elastic cord through the hole most of the way and tie a knot that sits on the inside of the opened booklet. This will make a loop on the outside of the binding that can be looped around the journal to keep it securely closed.
  4. Decorate your inside cover page. I made up a “magic of nature” recipe of many things that I love about nature! Quotes or a table of contents would be fun on this page, too!
  1. Storage pockets: Cut the 11″ side of a card stock sheet in 1/2 to make 2 sheets that are now 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Fold up the bottom of one sheet part way to make a pocket. Cut a 1/2 circle out of the bottom edge (which helps for viewing the dried flower packets inside the pocket later). Punch holes on the 4 corners of the lower folded pocket section and insert brads to fasten the paper together. Distress the edges with ink, sketch a plant or decorate the pocket with stickers, etc. Glue the pocket onto a page of the signature booklet. Repeat!
  2. Dried plant storage bags: Insert pieces of card stock (cut to size) into the small ziplock bags and fill with your dried flowers, leaves and plants. Insert these into the pockets of your new wildflower journal.

Enjoy your organized, personalized, portable and handmade wildflower journal!

Warmly,
Karen

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4 thoughts on “How to make a wildflower journal with pressed flowers, leaves & plants!

  1. Your wood flower press does a great job preserving all the wild/domestic flowers. You have introduced me to several uses for my dried plants. My husband made a press for me many years ago and I still have fun pressing plants from the garden or gathered while on walks. It is so fun to see the color results and shapes of these plants after being pressed for several days. I use the dried plants in the designs on my greeting cards; and I created a herbarium journal with the pressed plants.

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  2. How wonderful, Lois! It’s a fun process and there are endless ways to use the pressed flowers! Have you found any flowers that don’t retain their color? I found that dogwood and some of the rhodies turned brown, but I still like experimenting to see how they will turn out! I’d love to see your greeting cards and herbarium journal! Do you have a blog post about these? Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Wow Karen! I love how diverse your interests and journals are! Truly inspiring. Such a detailed posting for anyone interested in pressing and collecting all the treasures of the plant kingdom! Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of information.

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