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Hammered Flower Prints

Hammered flower and leaf prints are such a fun activity for children, check out our easy instructions and tips.

 

Hammered flower and leaf prints are such a fun activity for children, check out our easy instructions and tips.

 

In our house, it can take a bit of imagination to make any activity more enticing than screen time. Telling the kids we were going to make a postcard to send to Nanny, simply by bashing flowers with a hammer, worked a treat! We had a great time checking out the garden for our flowery victims, and I have to be honest, our results far exceeded my expectations.

Hammered flower and leaf prints are such a fun activity for children, check out our easy instructions and tips

First, we gathered together hammers, kitchen towel, watercolour paper postcards and a selection of flowers.

Hammered flower and leaf prints are such a fun activity for children, check out our easy instructions and tips

We then simply positioned our flower on the paper, covered with 3 layers of kitchen towel, and hammered away, making sure we had worked across the entire area that the petals were positioned in.

Hammered flower and leaf prints are such a fun activity for children, check out our easy instructions and tips

We found that flowers with thin delicate petals worked the best, the blue flowers I believe are a type of rock cress, and we also found wall flowers worked well too. Part of the joy of this activity was trying out lots of different sorts of flowers, so I don't want to put in too many spoilers; I will say, however, that Chive flowers don't look nearly as attractive, once you have taken a hammer to them!

Hammered flower and leaf prints are such a fun activity for children, check out our easy instructions and tips

 Once you have hammered your covered area, gently peel back the kitchen towel, and if necessary, peel of any petal residue from your masterpiece. We added our flowers one at a time and repeated the process, which worked well for us - the more adventurous of you, may want to try and do a few at a time!

Hammered flower and leaf prints are such a fun activity for children, check out our easy instructions and tips

We were really pleased with how our printing turned out. When I walked the dog this morning, I noticed the first buttercups are now coming out around us - I think these would be perfect for this method, so will try them next!

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13 Comments

  • Reply Denise Nassetta

    I’m wondering how long the colors last on the paper…. Do they brown after awhile?

    September 22, 2017 at 12:21 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I imagine they would over time Denise, but ours have stayed fresh looking so far and we did our first one over a year ago 🙂

      October 6, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Let kids be kids linky 8/9/15 - Let Kids Be Kids | Let Kids Be Kids

    […] I love this idea for making petal prints using a hammer…good fun and creative, from Craft invaders. […]

    September 8, 2015 at 5:01 am
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    What a fab idea. That’s very creative and fun to do. Makes a lovely card.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

    September 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for visiting and having us on #LetKidsbeKids

      September 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply FarZain2009

    This is such a creative keepsake. Thank you for sharing. My daughter is going to have a great time doing this . She is learning about plants in her kindergarten This is just the right thing to be doing with her 🙂

    -FarZain
    @https://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.com/

    September 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      My kids have such fun with this activity. Thanks for popping by x

      September 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Sara | mumturnedmom

    This is fab! I am definitely going to try this. What a beautiful end result x #letkidsbekids

    September 2, 2015 at 2:19 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for visiting and your kind comments x

      September 2, 2015 at 8:07 am
  • Reply Jenny

    These are beautiful! They are both beautiful and amazingly creative, plus it’s a good process art to boot. These prints could be great for cards, wall art, or you could even use the flower for the month a baby is born and make them their own flower birth month/wall art.

    I’m pinning this for future use with O and A.

    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather. I love your ideas!

    Jenny x

    July 23, 2015 at 12:57 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for your kind comments, the kids really did enjoy working on this project and then using them as postcards to send to people. Thanks for hosting #Whatevertheweather x

      July 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Chloe

    I have always wanted to press flowers and keep them in a little book and pass them down to my daughter. They’re such beautiful keepsakes. But this is so creative. What lovely art work. You should sell these! I love how perfectly they imprint and how vibrant the colours are. Thank you so much for linking up to our new linky #whatevertheweather 😀 xxx

    July 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      What a lovely keepsake idea 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting and your kind comments, and thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather x

      July 22, 2015 at 6:35 pm

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