How to Make a Botanical Tray

Make breakfast in bed an especially vibrant surprise by creating a one-of-a-kind pressed flower tray from your favorite garden clippings or store-bought bouquet.
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Materials and Tools:

two 11x14 pieces of plexiglass
selection of flowers
newspaper or parchment paper
twine or leather cord
permanent marker


Step 1: Select Flowers

Select a variety of fresh flower blooms and leaves, removing their stems and any extra greenery from the back to lay flat.

Botanical Serving Tray Materials

Botanical Serving Tray Materials

Make an easy botanical tray using pressed flowers and plexiglass for Mom this Mother's Day.

Step 2: Dry Flowers

Place petals and leaves carefully between two pieces of parchment or newspaper, making sure they are completely flat. Lay a large book on top for at least 3-5 days until completely dry.

Step 3: Drill Holes in Plexiglass

Mark 1 1/2 inches and approximately 3-4 inches apart from the edges of the plexiglass pieces using a permanent marker. Drill four holes into each side of the plexiglass at the marks.

Drill Holes in Plexiglass

Drill Holes in Plexiglass

Make an easy botanical tray using pressed flowers and plexiglass for Mom this Mother's Day.

Step 4: Place Flowers in Pattern

Place flowers in desired pattern facing up on one piece of plexiglass. Take the second piece of plexiglass, align drilled holes and press together, making sure all flowers are flat.

Press Flowers

Press Flowers

Make an easy botanical tray using pressed flowers and plexiglass for Mom this Mother's Day.

Step 5: Create Handles

Thread twine or leather cording through the drilled holes. Loop the cord through the other hole on the same side of the tray, and double knot to secure. Repeat on the other side.

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