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Create simple, beautiful gift tags using flowers from your garden.
Time taken: 45 minutes
WHAT YOU NEED
A selection of pretty flowers, primulas are a good choice but you could use forget-me-knots, ferns, pansies or violets.
A mini flower press (£2 from www.theforgottentoyshop.co.uk) or some heavy books.
Coloured luggage labels, 50p each from M&S
Two sheets of absorbent paper
1. A few days before you’re ready to make your labels, snip some colourful flowers from the garden. Choose a dry day and wait until the dew has gone.
2. If you’re using a flower press, put the blooms between two sheets of paper, before placing into the press and turning the screws tightly. To press the flowers using books, put a sheet of paper down on a flat surface, put the flowers on it, add a second sheet of paper, then put the books on top.
3. When you’re ready to make your labels, carefully remove the flowers from the press. They are fragile, so it’s best to use tweezers.
4. Arrange on the labels. A single flower often looks effective. Apply a small amount of clear glue, and stick down. Allow to dry. You can also use pressed flowers to decorate envelopes and parcels.
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