How To Make A Pressed Herb Collage

After experimenting on how to make a pressed herb collage, I think I’ve got it. I’m not going to call the process of making pressed herbs a trial and error necessarily. Both ways that I used will work, so I’ll just leave it up to you to decide which one you like best.

Framed collages in pressed glass frames.

 

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Every spring when my husband and I head to the local nursery, I think how wonderful it would be to keep a log or journal of plants. I imagine we could record all the flowers that work best in our yard year after year. Then we get home, get everything planted and I forget all about recording what we bought.

This year since we have a few herbs that survived the winter, I thought of making collages with them. Then make another collage of the new herbs we just bought. In a way, it’s like a journal but one that I can enjoy on display instead.

Supplies

Old Fashion Pressed Herb Collage

In our container garden, we have thyme, rosemary and flat leaf parsley, so I decided to start with those. The second collage is a combination of two lavender varieties.

 

Pressed herb collage on white background.

 

The herbs in both collages were dried using the old fashion method but instead of using a flower press, I placed them between the pages of an old book.  Drying time takes about a week and a half to two weeks.

 

Open book with pressed herbs.

 

Only the rosemary looks a bit drab, but I kept it for its unwavering character. The rest of the herbs look great. After arranging the herbs on mixed media art paper, I used colored washi tape to secure the stems in place. I love the random fun colors of the tape, because it adds a lively contrast to the dark green herbs.

 

Pressed herb collage with colored tape.

 

With the herbs in place I wrote the common and scientific names of the herbs and numbered the specimens. The numbers actually don’t mean anything but I thought it gave it a vintage feel. If needed, use a ruler or straight edge for lettering.

 

 

Microwave Pressed Herbs

I decided to try the microwave method on the new batch of herbs and flowers I just bought.

 

Fresh herbs and flowers ready for planting.

 

There are several ways to microwave flowers and herbs, but I’ve only experimented with the book method. I placed the herbs between the pages of two old books. Then I put the books in the microwave one stacked on top of the other. I set the microwave for 30 seconds, check it, and then for another 30 seconds.

 

Pressed herbs on white paper.

 

I removed the herbs from the book and carefully placed them on heavy paper to cool and finish drying. The herbs will be very delicate and may need to be handled with tweezers.

When I try this again I think I’ll place the herbs on heavy paper inside the book and see how it works.

The microwave will certainly pull out the moisture and it’s a little better at preserving that vibrant color of the herbs and flowers. You can imagine after seeing how well the flowers work that I can’t wait to experiment more!

 

Pressed flowers pink and yellow.

 

I’m just starting on the dill, basil and cilantro collage and will share more as I get them into frames.

Framing A Pressed Herb Collage

For framing I like the floating glass with a chain for hanging to display the collage. It’s so easy to place inside and secure with a piece of double-sided tape. For ones similar to mine see this frame.

 

Wall art with pressed herb collages.

 

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Pressed herb collage with bright tape.

 

Are you intrigued by this art work and thinking how you will make your own? Let me know your thoughts or suggestions. I love hearing from you!

Cheers!

For more ideas on wall art see the posts Creating Art With Stencils And Chalk Paint or DIY Wall Map.

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26 thoughts on “How To Make A Pressed Herb Collage

  1. Julie Briones says:

    These are lovely, Michelle! I love the frames, too! So fun to see how vibrant the colors are with the microwave method of drying florals!

  2. Mary says:

    I really love this idea Michele. It absolutely has a vintage feel to it. I think I may try this too, if I can find some wall space to hang it up in.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Karren! It would great between glass. I have seen a few in high end boutiques which were out of my price range.

  3. mireilleftm says:

    I love this! It has been a couple years since the boys and I pressed flowers and I had never heard of the microwave method. I especially like how you displayed them. Might be fun project for us this summer!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      This would be a great project to get the kids involved in. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  4. Marie says:

    These are so pretty! I love the pop of bright colors with the washi tape and the vintage feel of the labels. I’ve never heard of the microwave method for drying herbs and flowers. Definitely giving this a try! Pinned 🙂

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