How to Make a Botanical Tray
Materials and Tools:
two 11x14 pieces of plexiglass
selection of flowers
newspaper or parchment paper
twine or leather cord
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.
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.
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.
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.