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Pressed-Flower Gift

Pressed flowers, in general, are lovely, but if they have a sentimental attachment, they can make for a really personal gift. At a wedding I went to a few years ago, I was given the bouquet my the beautiful bride, my Aunt Maya. You can see the original bouquet below ?

wedding

I thought it would be nice to press the flowers. I wrapped them in newspaper (to prevent staining) in my hardback book of wildlife and animal photography. I also kept the silk which was wrapped around the flowers. After a few years, I thought it was time to do something with the pressed flowers. Christmas was coming up so I thought it would make for the perfect gift.

bridal flower pressed

As you can see, it is quite minimalistic, but I didn’t want to do anything to distract from the main flower. I just used yellow card, as it brought out the purple tones in the petals the best. I already had the border in my craft box, but you could easily just cut your own out of thick card with a Stanley knife. I used an A4 frame that I had spare, but you could get one very inexpensively from your local ‘bits and bobs shop’, Boyes is good for that sort of thing.

I embroidered their names and the date of the wedding onto the silk and popped it in. When I gave them it at Christmas they really liked it, and it was probably a bit of a surprise that I had kept the flower seeing as the wedding was in 2013!

This would be a lovely wedding anniversary gift. At most important occasions there are flowers, so its always a nice idea to take some away with you and press them, then you will always have a part of that day to remember.

Candles

Making candles is actually much easier than it sounds. It is a great way to make lovely presents for people, and also if you spill any of the scented oil on yourself then you’ll smell amazing for the whole day.

candle

All you need to do is find a vessel for your candle, I love the teacup candle trend. I found these teacups at an antique centre, filled them with some Christmas scented wax, and finished it up with a pretty ribbon. The perfect Christmas present!

candle-making-tools

If you are interested in getting started with candle making, here are the main tools for the job;

  • Pouring Jug  (A 1k jug will yield about 2 teacups worth of wax)
  • Candlemaking Thermometer
  • EcoSoya Wax – Environmentally friendly 🙂
  • Scents
  • Pre-tabbed Wicks
  • Glue Dots
  • Candle Holders (Here you can see the sort of thing other people have used)
  • Wick Supports (You can make this yourself, see below)

Candle Making

My wick supports (two white sticks joined with blue rubber bands) came as part of my candle starter kit but it would be very easy to make your own. Just cut a skewer in half and fix with rubber bands, or use two lollypop sticks.

Once you’ve got all that its just a case of melting the wax, adding in the fragrance, sticking the wick into whatever you choose to hold the candle, pouring the wax in, and letting it set for a couple of days. And there you have a beautiful and thoughtful gift. 🙂

See below a great basic video by eHow so you can learn how to make candles.. enjoy!