While out in the Pacific Northwest on our recent adventure, I loved all the ferns I saw growing wild in the woods. So, I decided to pick a few fronds to dry and frame.
I had to try to keep them from getting crushed on the way home in the plane, so I carefully placed them in some newspaper I had and put that between 2 magazines for the time we were there. They were pretty much dry in just a few days and they made it home just fine.
So, my next plan will be to find some plain black frames with white mats that will fit these 3 pretties and they will end up on my wall somewhere. In fact, I may just change out some of my current botanical prints for these. I love the texture and natural feel that they have.
I’m delighted that they are retaining their original beautiful green shade and hopefully that will continue even when they are under glass.
I also picked these tiny little pinecones which I’ll add to my collection. These are so teeny and cute and I love having something that we don’t grow around here.
My star gazer lilies bloomed recently and I brought in a little bouquet for the dining room.Have you ever dried plants or flowers before for framing and how did it turn out?
I’ll keep you posted when mine are in frames!
The Pleasures of Homemaking says
Just catching up with you today. I find it harder and harder to even find the time to LOOK at blogs these days! 🙁
Those teeny pinecones are just darling!! I’ve dried leaves and framed them but not flowers or ferns. If they stay green those fronds should be really pretty framed.
I live in the Pacific Northwest and have not dried ferns yet. You have inspired me. I do collect plenty of pinecones from my yard, we have always enjoyed gathering pinecones of all sizes.
I dried ferns, backed them with old sheet music and enjoyed them until they turned brown. Wondered if spray paint would keep them green. Now there are four note cards of ferns in each pane of an old window. I backed each with red handmade paper. Looks sharp with the white, peeling paint of the window.
Karen Manuel says
I want to dry leaves to frame. I want to use tropical leaves.
I want the leaves to turn brown. I need to know how to do this as
well as preserve them before framing.
I dried ferns last year and they stayed green under glass. I dried them between paper towels and placed in between pages oh a big book. I waited 2weeks and removed them and placed in frame. I have it hanging in my hall. Looks great. I’m going to dry more this year and frame and give as gifts.