I love flowers – a lot! So when I saw a reposted tiktok on Pinterest demonstrating how to make stickers with real flowers and leaves, I knew I had to figure it out for myself! Vinyl stickers are all the rage these days. My Yeti tumbler is filled with ones I love (here and here)! But these new ones are, hands-down, my favorite! Learn how to make vinyl stickers using real flowers with me!
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How To Press Flowers
Flower pressing is a simple process that most of us have probably tried at some point in our lives. I still have the thick Little Women book that I used to use to sandwich blooms and leaves that I hoped to preserve for a later project. Honestly though, those later projects rarely happened – which is the entire reason behind me writing this post! I want to inspire creative pressed flower ideas for others!
However, in order to make vinyl stickers using real flowers, we first have to press the flowers. You can use any old, heavy book to apply pressure to the blooms or you can use a flower press! I’m a huge fan of the latter. I use the heirloom wooden press I carry in my shop, but I’ve even found that the microwavable ones off of Amazon work too!
Prepare the Press
You want the press (or thick, heavy book) to have weight and/or pressure on the flowers. Be sure that your press/book of choice provides that! You also want to have a semi absorbent layer sandwiching the blooms to absorb any moisture. In the past, I have used paper towels, however they will leave indentations from their pattern on the pressed petals. For this reason, I now use card-stock, layered with cardboard (which comes with a wooden flower press.)
Prepare the Flowers
If you have a relatively flat bloom, you may press it in-tact, as is. However if it is a substantial or thick flower, you will need to disassemble its parts before pressing. Do this step gently and carefully. Once prepared, you can place the flower and/or its parts between the layers of your press.
The thickness of the flower’s parts will determine how long it will take to dry within the press. After a few days, gently peek between the layers to assess the drying process. If for some reason your layers are damp, replace them with fresh ones. Once the flower is completely dry, you can proceed to whichever project you hope to use them for! Handle them gently! Dried blooms are very fragile!
How to Make Vinyl Stickers Using Real Flowers
- Dried and pressed flowers
- Vinyl sticker sheets
- Sharp scissors
- Ensure that your flowers are thoroughly dried and pressed.
- Lay the sticker paper flat on a surface.
- Arrange the blooms on top of the sticker paper.
- Remove the backing of another sheet of sticker paper and carefully lay it over the plant materials, sandwiching them between the two sticker sheets. (If you purchased the brand I suggest above, you can use the lamination sheet for this step. It is the sheet with the gridlines on the backing.)
- Smooth out the top sheet, removing any air bubbles.
- Using sharp scissors, carefully cut around each flower, leaving about a 0.5″ boarder around the edge.
- When you are ready to use the sticker, remove the backing to adhere it to the surface of your choice!*
*Please follow the surface guidelines of the sticker sheet to ensure that you do not cause damage after applying these stickers to a surface.
Will you try to make your own?
Find my other DIY tutorials here! You can watch a video of how to make vinyl stickers using real flowers on my Instagram page. I’ve also compiled a list of other kid friendly pressed flower crafts to try!