Set aside a lazy summer day to make these blooming lovely botanical crafts. Either as gifts or in your home, they bring the beauty of the garden indoors.
1. Making the Cut
Paper cutting is an easy craft to do on a rainy day when you have time to relax – it’s almost meditative. Trace patterns of simplified, stylized leaves and fronds onto cardboard in different but related colours; trim with fine scissors. To create a 3D effect, layer the cutouts and position them into a pleasing arrangement within an embroidery hoop fitted with a backing of coloured cardboard. When the arrangement is pleasing, glue sections of each leaf or frond to the cardboard backing.
2. Boho Blooms
A wreath of flowers brings a pretty, poetic beauty to a room and perfectly suits a bohemian decor. Gather flowers and leafy twigs of your choice – they can be dried, artificial or even fresh for an ephemeral decoration. Attach to an embroidery hoop with floral wire and a glue gun. Hang the wreath with a lace ribbon.
3. Full Circle
Pressed dried flower art is a lovely way to preserve the fleeting beauty of a summer garden. Pick flowers of different sizes and colours; press them flat by placing them in a heavy book for a few weeks. To make the frame, fasten a sheet of vellum paper securely into an embroidery hoop; cut off the excess paper. Using tweezers, position petals or whole flowers on the paper; affix flowers to vellum by carefully applying liquid glue with a brush. Display in a window, where light will filter through the translucent paper and highlight the blooms.
An embroidery hoop is an ideal ready-made frame that gives a nostalgic feel to these projects crafted with summer's fairest florals