DIY Fabric Flower Printing

DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass

This is actually an activity that Sam and I did last spring, but I never got around to blogging about it. With gardens full of fresh flowers, summer is the perfect time of year to give this fabric printing technique a try. And you heard me right, this is something you can certainly do with your young child, as soon as they show an interest in using a toy hammer.

 

Here are the supplies you will need for this project:

  • variety of fresh cut flowers or petals
  • plain, cotton fabric in a white, cream or light colour (1/2 yard piece would be good, especially if doing with a younger a child, although you can use smaller pieces of fabric once you get the hang of it)
  • a hammer (even a toy hammer will do, if it has a bit of weight to it)
  • a large towel (to protect table surface)
  • wooden board (to provide flat surface over towel)

 

 

DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
Collect a variety of flowers & petals from the garden. This is all about experimenting. You never know which flowers are going to create the effect you want. I grabbed petunias, marigolds, daisies, and violas.

DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
I folded the towel up on our table and then placed the wood board on top. This provided a good surface to hammer on, while protecting our table.
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
Place one flower down onto fabric. Press it down firmly.
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
Fold fabric over top of the flower, so that the flower is sandwiched in between two layers of fabric.
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
Begin to slowly hammer.
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
As you hammer, a flower impression will begin to appear. Make sure you hammer the entire flower surface.
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
Once you’ve hammered the entire flower, gently fold the fabric back.
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
Gently pull the remaining flower off the fabric.
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
You end up with two flower impressions on the fabirc: one darker, more defined flower print and one lighter ghost print.
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
You can play around with creating patterns on your fabric with the flower prints. I just placed mine randomly with the intent of cutting the fabric up to incorporate into other projects.
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
I think a pretty wall hanging with some hand stitching would suite these flower prints. I’ve also had in mind to make a pretty bunting to hang on our front door in the spring. Lots of possibilities!
DIY Fabric Flower Printing ~ blog post tutorial by Bubblegum Sass
I just popped the leftover hammered flower bits into our compost. If you think of a good project to use them up, let me know!
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