Mother’s Day Pansy Bookmark

You Will Need:

You will need
3 pressed pansy blossoms
1 sheet card stock, any color (at least 8 in. x 8 in.)
Colored markers or crayons or colored pencils
3 lengths of ribbon or yarn (each 6 inches long)
2 pieces clear contact paper (8 in. x 8 in. each)
White glue (transparent when dry)
Hole punch
Pointed tweezers
Sharp pointed scissors

Instructions (makes 3 bookmarks):

  1. Select 6 pansies to press. Choose only the prettiest, most perfect-looking pansies for pressing. Flower colors fade slightly during pressing so choose dark-colored pansies to press. Choose flowers with even petal edges. Avoid flowers with torn or curled edges and flowers that are starting to brown or wilt. Use the scissors to snip off stems at the base of each blossom before pressing.
    Tip: When pressing flowers for craft projects, always press a few extra to allow for imperfect pressing or tears during handling.
  2. Following the instructions for Pressing Your Plants in our Indoor Projects section, press the pansy blossoms. Flowers can also be pressed using a purchased paper flower press or microwave flower press, both available at craft stores.
    Tip: Flowers will take 1 to 2 weeks to dry in a paper press; about 1 minute to dry in a microwave press. Flowers must be completely dry before use.
  3. Cut cardstock into 3 bookmarks, each 2 inches wide by 6 inches long.
    Tip: Before cutting cardstock, measure the pansies and make sure they will fit on the bookmark without overlapping the edges. Increase bookmark width if necessary.
  4. Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the top center of each bookmark about 1/2 inch from the top edge.
  5. Use the markers (or crayons or colored pencils) to decorate the front and back of each bookmark. You can write Happy Mother’s Day on the front and your name on the back or draw a picture or compose a poem. You can make one bookmark for your mom and one for your grandmother or a favorite aunt.
    Tip: Remember to leave a blank space for the pansy at the top on the front of each bookmark. Start decorating about 2 1/2 inches down from the top edge.
  6. Using the pointed tweezers, carefully position a pansy at the top of each bookmark. When you are satisfied with the flower’s placement, lift it up with the tweezers and squeeze a very tiny dot of glue onto the back of the pansy where the stem connected to the flower.
    Tip: The glue is only being used to hold the flower in place, so only a tiny dab is needed. The laminate will adhere the flower to the bookmark.
  7. Lay the bookmarks on one sheet of clear contact paper, positioning them about 1 inch apart. Very carefully lay the second sheet of contact paper over the first, carefully smoothing out any air bubbles with your finger.
    Tip: For a more professional look, take your bookmarks to an office supply store and have them professionally laminated. The cost is minimal; usually just a couple of dollars, and all 3 bookmarks should fit on a single sheet of laminate.
  8. Cut between bookmarks to separate them. Carefully cut around each bookmark about 1/4 inch from the edge of the cardstock to remove excess laminate. Be careful not to break the laminate seal by cutting too close to the edges.
  9. Fold each strip of 6-inch ribbon in half and insert the looped end through the punched hole at the top of each bookmark. Thread both loose ends through the loop and pull until tight.
  10. Give to your mom on Mother’s Day.