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Flower Pounding Craft

Flower Pounding Craft

Sherri Osborn
Did you know that you can transfer the color from flowers and even leaves onto fabric by beating them with a hammer? The kids especially will enjoy this creative activity as long as they have plenty of parental supervision!

  • Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Variety of Fresh Flowers and Leaves
  • White, cotton fabric (muslin works well)
  • Wax Paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Hammer

Instructions:
It is best to work on a hard surface, like a sidewalk or cement floor. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Use masking tape to hold your wax paper in place. Start out by arranging the flowers and/or leaves onto the wax paper in whatever design you want them to appear on their fabric. You can also just lay out one flower or leaf at a time.

Carefully lay the fabric over the flowers and/or leaves. Use masking tape on the edges to hold the fabric in place. Gently pound on the fabric over the flowers and/or leaves and see the flower colors bleed through onto the fabric. Continue to pound the flowers and leaves until you get the desired results. Set your fabric aside to dry completely.

You can use the fabric to make pillows, frame it to make pictures, make several to use in a quilt, or even applique it onto a shirt or other fabric item. You can also use this technique to transfer color to paper. Make unique stationary, invitations, book marks, and much more. I have been told that this fabric is machine washable in cold water with mild detergent, but I do opt to hand wash if necessary!

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