Pressing plants is useful for making collections. You can keep the plant leaves, dried out and flattened in a notebook or file. Here’s how to make your own backpack plant press.
- Cut two pieces of wood so they each measure 5″ by 7.5″
- Cut many sheets of newspaper to measure the same.
- Cut three pieces of cardboard to measure the same as well.
Here are the pieces you will end up with in the order you need to assemble them.
Assemble the plant press with one piece of wood on the bottom, then cardboard, then a stack of newspaper, more cardboard, more newspaper, more cardboard and more newspaper, then finally your second piece of wood goes on top. Once all the pieces are assembled, place two heavy duty rubber bands around the press, one at each end. Your child can decorate the “cover” with paint if you wish.
When you place plants in, put them between sheets of newspaper. Don’t place more than one layer of plants in each section of newspaper. To dry your leaves leave them in a warm dry place for at least three days. Check them to be sure they are dry, if not, leave them for a couple more days.
Glue your leaves to paper, label them with the type of plant and the date and location of collection. Then place them in a book or a file.