Pressed Flower Tile Coasters

We were given the challenge by Red Ted Art to make a craft using pressed flowers or leaves.  Were we up for this challenge?  YES, we were!  The past couple of years we’ve been pressing flowers here and there to bring out when the time was right to use them for crafting.  And that time was NOW

Pressed flower coasters are beautiful and practical.  Preserve those memories of summer and bring the outdoors into the house to enjoy all year round.

Pressed flower coasters

We decided to do some up-cycling by using some spare glass bathroom tiles we had in the attic, and a little felt to make some pressed flower tile coasters. Some of our flowers were picked from our own yard, and others were brought home by the children while out walking (but never picked from places they shouldn’t have been).

We used a Posey Press that my mom gave to us when Phil and I went on honeymoon in case we wanted to press any flowers we saw along the way.  This press actually belonged to my grandma and you can tell how old it is from the dates on some of the newspapers within it.

With this particular flower press, when you find a flower you’d like to press,  you carefully pick it and put it between the sheets of newsprint in the press.  Lie it carefully down and gently arrange the petals, stem and any leaves so that they will be as you’d like them to be later.  Be sure that there aren’t any pieces hanging over the edges of the paper.  Don’t put too many flowers on the same sheet of paper, if you need more space be sure to leave several sheets of newsprint between the layers.Posey press, pressing flowers, flower art, photoCarefully replace the rest of the newsprint on top of your posies and put the cover on your press and gently tighten it down using the washers and wing nuts, or whatever closures your press may have.

If you don’t have a press, not to worry:  you can simply dig out one of those old-fashioned telephone books, place your chosen flowers in there, close the book, and place a few other heavy books on top.  The newsprint helps to absorb the moisture from the flowers but it will still take some time for the blooms or leaves to dry out enough to be used for crafting.  This is why we have used flowers from previous years.

When you are ready to use your pressed flowers, carefully open up your press or phone book so that the petals don’t catch on the paper and tear.

To make our pressed flower tile coasters we used items we had already from other projects:

  • pressed flowers
  • glass kitchen/bathroom tiles
  • clear varnish and a paint brush
  • felt and some craft glueGlass tiles and felt for the coasters, photo

 These pressed flower tile coasters were so simple to make!

First I gave the ties a little clean and shine to reduce the chance of fingerprints showing up.Choosing the pressed flowers, making drink coasters, pressed flower crafts, photoNext the children chose the flowers they wanted to put on their coasters and they decided their patterns. They removed the blossoms and they covered the tile with a layer of clear varnish.making drink coasters, up-cycled crafts, Crystal's Tiny Treasures, kids crafts, photoThey put the pressed flowers back onto the tiles gently pressing them down but being careful not to twist them as this will result in torn petals. Another layer of varnish was smoothed over the pressed flowers and tiles to seal them in and we set them aside to dry.pressed flower crafts, nature crafts, home decor crafts, glass tile crafts, photoA couple of days later we added another coat of varnish as some of the flower were a little thick and weren’t completely covered by the first coat.Make your own garden coasters, recycling glass tiles, pressed flower crafts, photoWe cut some felt to size and used craft glue to hold them onto the back of the tiles so that they don’t scratch the furniture.Flower coasters, summer crafts for kids, crafts for tweens and teens, photoI think these have turned out quite well and add some personality to our table.  And the big secret is that each pressed flower coaster cost under £0.05/£0.10 in total to make!  Beautiful, frugal, and re-cycled, all the things I love best!  I would suggest that lighter coloured tiles be used as the air bubbles in the varnish showed up quite a lot on the dark blue tile, as you can see.  But crafts are all about trial and error, and it still looks fine in person.Home made drink coasters, home and garden decor, pressed flower crafts, recycled crafts, Crystal's Tiny Treasures, photo

I have had some terrific ideas shared with me about ways to use these coasters and I don’t think it’s fair to keep them to myself.  Anthea of Zing Zing Tree suggested, “Your coasters could also be stuck on walls as art using glass sticky pads and the idea could also be used to jazz up plain tiles in a kitchen or bathroom :)”  Awesome idea!  It would certainly cheer up our bathroom, we may have to make another set.

Tanya at Mom’s Small Victories had a way to make them more memorable, “very unique and beautiful! great way to commemorate special flowers we get from weddings, births of babies or just because from someone special!”

This craft was part of a Google+ hangout arranged and recorded by Maggy at Red Ted Art.  If you don’t have G+, you can watch the video via YouTube here.  There were another dozen flower and leaf ideas shared and here they are!

Maggy of Red Ted Art shares 3 projects; Poppy people artwork, leaf tea lights, and dandelion crowns.  I must conquer the crowns before Kallista is too old for them!

  • Kids Chaos has been arty in Andy Goldsworthy style with petals and leaves.
  • Zing Zing Tree made some ‘wild’ masks, as well as some framed artwork using seed heads and googly eyes.
  • The Fairy and the Frog made some rock messages and a fairy wand using lavender.
  • Domestic Goddesque has made beautiful thank you cards using helicopter seeds.
  • Here Come The Girls has made a lovely card using pressed flowers.
  • Me And My Shadow had a technical difficulty, but her watercolours made from flowers looks amazing, and something we will certainly be doing!

If you like frugal crafting as much as I do, try my garden stone pendant or sea shell necklace. or check out our Mother’s Day pagesummer fun page, and Nature Activities For Kids page for more inspiration.

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About Crystal McClean

I am a Mom, Wife, and Home Educator. We love to have fun together while learning and exploring our environment.

  • Growing Up Madison

    Beautiful and the kids had fun. :)

    • Crystal McClean

      Thank you :-) They’ll have even more fun using them!

  • Nicole Copeland

    They are VERY cute :)

    • Crystal McClean

      Thank you very much! Have a great week!

  • Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom

    These look so beautiful! Like an adult made them! How cool that the *kids* can make these!

    • Crystal McClean

      It’s wonderful a 3 & 5 year old can make such beautiful art!

  • Stephanie

    Those are too cool!

    • Crystal McClean

      Thank you :-)

  • Sandy

    Very nice! They would make great gifts!

    • Crystal McClean

      They really would make good gifts for a housewarming or for family.

  • Organized SAHM

    Thanks for popping over today Crystal! This looks like a great summer craft for my Things to do! Inspiring! xoxo

    • Crystal McClean

      They turned out better than I’d expected, have fun!

  • Tracy Dixon

    Love these! I need to start pressing some flowers so we can try these out. Thanks for sharing

    • Crystal McClean

      I can see them becoming addictive :-) Thinner petals work the best-pansies, sweet peas, etc. Have fun!

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  • Tanya @ Mom’s Small Victories

    very unique and beautiful! great way to commemorate special flowers we get from weddings, births of babies or just because from someone special! I love this idea and pinning it!

    • Crystal McClean

      I love your ideas, that would be perfect!

  • Caroline

    Fun craft idea! Thanks for sharing.

    • Crystal McClean

      Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it :-)

  • Meg

    GREAT idea! I think we may just try this!

    • Crystal McClean

      Please let me know how it goes, I’d love to see your photos :-)

  • Debbie @

    Great idea, I love it! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at TGIF!

    • Crystal McClean

      Thank you for sharing, too! Have a great weekend :-)

  • Stephanie

    We have a surplus of tiles at work, and I’ve been wondering what I could make with them. This is a great idea, and I could use flowers from my own garden!

    • Crystal McClean

      Those lonely tiles-no use, but too good to get rid of..finally they have a purpose! Have fun :-)

  • Leah

    Thanks for sharing this at the Friday Follow Along. I have always wanted to press flowers, maybe I will start soon!

    • Crystal McClean

      Go on…do it! Then they’re always there for a rainy day :-) Have fun!

  • Janis Cox

    This is a great idea. I thought I had some left over tiles but my hubby just informed me that he threw them out!!!! NO.
    Anyway good idea when my granddaughter comes.
    janis Author of Tadeo Turtle

    • Crystal McClean

      I had to laugh at your comment! I’ve been asking for hubby to get rid of our tiles for years! I just might hold on to a few more before they go-you never know when they’ll come in handy :-)

  • Leann | The Hands-On Homeschooler

    I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with some of our pressed flowers (you can only put so many in a nature journal!). This sounds like a lot of fun, plus it’s perfect for a summer craft!

    Thanks for linking up to the Hearts for Home bloghop. I’m featuring you tomorrow over at The Hands-On Homeschooler as a part of my favorites from last week.

    • Crystal McClean

      Thank you very much :-) Have a great week!

  • Heather May

    What a great idea! I know that my kids would LOVE making these…It will be a nice way to save some of our summer memories!! Thanks for sharing at the Friday Follow Along!

    • Crystal McClean

      Thank you for hosting :-) Let your kids go wild with their designs, it’s lots of fun! Have a great summer!

  • Beth

    I love these – what a fun idea!

    I featured this on TGIF this week. Thanks for sharing your creativity with the rest of us! Hope to see you linked up again later today.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Crystal McClean

      Thanks so much, Beth! I will be linking up again today; it’s been a busy summer so far. Have a wonderful weekend, Crystal

  • Carrie

    How beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

    • Crystal McClean

      Thanks for hosting, I love following along all week and then seeing great ideas from your other fans. Keep it up :-)

  • Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    These are beautiful Crystal! :)

    • Crystal McClean

      Thank you very much, Renee :-) Have a fabulous week and I hope we’ll chat soon.

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  • Domestic Goddesque

    Such a beautiful craft! Thanks for the mention.

    • Crystal McClean

      Thank you 😉 Here’s to another year of fun crafting!

  • Julie

    Considering how young they are the children did an amazing job. Pressed flowers can be soooo delicate and tear like nobodies business! The coaters are lovely and I would never have spotted the air bubbles!

    • Crystal McClean

      Funnily enough, I’m the one who had trouble with the petals tearing! The coasters have been working very well, and with condensation from a cold drink, no one notices the air bubbles 😉

  • Kate Williams

    Oh I adore these!! Will have to try myself, thanks for linking up with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

    • Crystal McClean

      They were quite fun to make! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by to say hi!