Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hiker's Plant Press

We made these for gifts during the winter holidays, but here's the improved (sewn) version.

This one is perfect for collecting and preserving leaves and flowers on nature walks.

You'll need two thin pieces of wood in a convenient-for-toting size (can be found at the craft store if you don't want to saw and sand them yourself), non-adhesive velcro (inch to one and-a-half should do it), two rings that will fit your velcro (they can be found in the belt-making section of a cloth shop), cardboard, sewing materials, and acid-free paper.
note: if you can find square or rectangular clips for securing, that would be better. You can also use key rings, if you're in a pinch.

Cut your paper and cardboard the same size as your pieces of wood.
Next take the soft fuzzy piece of your velcro, and wrap it through the flat side of your ring, and sew it down, fuzzy to fuzzy.
Wrap this piece around the smaller width of your cardboard, paper, and wood stack. Cut the soft velcro piece 2-3 inches longer than the width of your stack.

Take the stiff piece of velcro, and sew it to the last half-inch of your soft strip - so that both pieces of velcro are facing up.Now you have a longer piece, with the stiff part attached to the soft piece.

Depending on the width of your boards, cut the velcro 5-6 inches past where it's joined to the soft velcro. If you have a wide press, then 6 inches will do.

An inch away from the end (where the velcro is stiff, and where you've just cut) fold the stiff (poky) end back onto itself, so that your fingers are toughing the flat side of the velcro.

Cut it so that it comes to a blunt point.Open your point back up and apply glue, and press the velcro to itself to match your cuts.

Your pieces should now look like this.
Place your rings on the top of your stack, fuzzy side up, and wrap it around the stack.
Bring the end through the ring, and pull it back in the opposite direction to secure your press.
The bottom should look like this, and your have tabs for easily releasing the press.

Make a pretty card with craft ideas, or a pleasant label, if you like.
The press can also be painted or decorated however the Owner chooses.

Happy gathering!


  1. Brilliant mama you are with the velcro straps! Really good press.

    Lisa :)

  2. Perfect timing, Stephanie!
    I have an awesome big plant press for myself, but I was planning on making a small one for Rainer in the next week or so. Now I have the plans, excellent. I love that synchronicity!

  3. These would make really great gifts! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I am so doing this! Thanks, super mama!

  5. this is tres cool. thanks!

  6. Excellent! A little intimidated with the sewing part but I'm sure tying a know will work just as well... not as pretty though.
    Blessings and magic.

  7. This is perfect for my 'Friday's Nature Table'. I'd be honored if you'd post it.
    Blessings and magic.

  8. Thanks so much for posting this on 'Friday's Nature Table'. We are going camping this weekend I have all the stuff we need for our flower press!
    Blessings and magic.

  9. I've been wanting to make these in a larger size for home. We find large things that don't always fit in the smaller versions. I even had some flowers from a recent funeral that would barely fit. Regardless, your method for securing is perfect for a range in width. I was wondering what I should use and this is the perfect idea! thank you sooo much!

  10. These will be making their way to Evie's cousins soon! Terrific!


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