I have wanted to try framing ferns for a while now.
We have several beautiful varieties.
My favorites are the wild ferns
that made an appearance 10 years or so ago after we dug
the foundation for our kitchen/family room.
I imagine they are very old varieties....perhaps
brought here by the first inhabitant of our home back
in 1830...Prince Snow.
I selected several large fern fronds
and lay them between parchment
in a few large, heavy books.
I stacked several books on top, and let them press for 3 days or so.
They pressed beautifully!
I found the larger frond to be less delicate,
and easier to work with.
I picked up an inexpensive 11 x 14 frame at the craft store.
I decided to get fancy and Mod Podge it onto a sheet
of vintage sheet music (Jeanne Oliver inspired).
It came out "OK".
Not my favorite.
But I had more fronds
(so don't forget to press a bunch)!
I laid a large frond
on the piece of natural corrugated cardboard
that came in the frame.
Hmmmm.....I like this better!
Now I see the fern!
No glue, no Mod Podge.
Just a simple piece of nature captured behind glass.
I LOVE the idea that next summer I can take a fresh frond...
or a batch of wildflowers, and
make another simple creation.
I also love that I will be able to enjoy a snippet of summer
all winter long.