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Pressed-Pansy Coasters




Colorful flowers floating between squares of glass make beautiful and useful coasters. Press the flowers yourself, or use pre-pressed blooms. Although we used pansies and violas, you can use any variety of pressed flowers or leaves you like; a collection of coasters is even more charming if each one is unique.

Before you start, learn how-to Press Pansies.


  • Glass squares (two for each coaster)
  • Pressed pansies, or other flowers or leaves
  • Tweezers
  • Non-water-based clear-drying craft glue
  • 3 1/2-inch toothpick or small paintbrush
  • Binder clips
  • 1/4-inch-wide silvered-copper-foil tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or ice pop stick


  1. Step 1

    Have a glazier cut 1/8-inch-thick glass into 3 1/2-inch squares, and sand the edges.

  2. Step 2

    Wipe the panes carefully with glass cleaner and a paper towel. Be careful not to smudge the glass or trap any dust between panes while you work.

  3. Step 3

    Handling the flowers carefully with tweezers, position them on one pane until you are satisfied with your arrangement. Using a tiny dab of glue on a toothpick or small paintbrush, adhere the flowers to the pane. Allow glue to dry before continuing.

  4. Step 4

    Carefully place a second pane on top, sandwiching the flowers between the two panes and aligning the edges exactly.

  5. Step 5

    To seal, hold the panes together with binder clips, moving the clips from one side to another as you tape. Place the end of the metal tape along an edge of the glass, and wrap the tape around the entire perimeter. Overlap the ends slightly, then snip the tape with scissors.

  6. Step 6

    For a tight seal, rub the tape thoroughly until the edge is smooth, using the side of a pencil or ice pop stick as a burnishing tool.

  7. Step 7

    If necessary, clean the coasters with a soft cloth or paper towels and glass cleaner. Do not submerge coasters in water; the tape does not produce a watertight seal.

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 58 May 1998



Reviews (9)

  • alyxfantastic 9 May, 2012

    my question is would the flowers lose their color and dry out? if they dont this would be awesome to have!! and if they would eventually is there anyway to prevent it?

  • tutleshells 29 Apr, 2011

    #3- I don't know of husbands that would use a coaster- let alone worry about the glass sweat! I'd compromise and use a decorated cocktail napkin!

  • britania70 20 Jul, 2010


  • lupintx 17 Jul, 2010

    Hey Pollyanna60- love these beauties, but for everyday I found leater coasters that absorb but don't make mark on furniture.........Mine have State embosed and I found at novelty shop also like hobby shop

  • pollyanna60 17 Jul, 2010

    I love them , but my husband would cover them up with napkins, because of glass sweat! Know of any coasters that would prevent this?

  • Chia1 17 Jul, 2010

    You can get glass cut to size at local hardware or building supply stores. Loew's, Home Depot, etc.

  • njvath 9 Apr, 2010

    Where can you get the glass squares?

  • njvath 9 Apr, 2010

    Where can you get the glass squares?

  • JMarsden 15 May, 2009

    This is easy for kids who have big imaginations. I used to do these when I was about 12 years old. I still do them now.