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Pressed-Plant Cards

Send spring notes or invitations on cards decorated with dainty ferns and flowers. Select thin, delicate cuttings because they dry easily; we used maidenhair fern, goldenrod, and hydrangea.


  • Very thin leaves or petal
  • Newsprint
  • Iron
  • Card stock
  • Spray adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Working on an ironing board, place leaves and petals on top of three layers of plain newsprint, available at art-supply stores. Place another sheet of newsprint on top.

  2. Step 2

    Press with an iron set at a medium temperature until the plant cuttings turn slightly paler, about 2 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Attach dried cuttings to card stock with spray adhesive, and let dry.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2003