We live right across from a beautiful rose garden in Golden Gate Park and sometimes Henry and I collect petals to press on our way home. This DIY rose petal tray is so simple to make, I promise! Plus it’s food safe and would be such a lovely gift.
You could do the same project with gorgeous fall leaves, which is one thing we are kind of lacking here in San Francisco.
Keep reading to see how we made it!
Photography and styling by Liz Stanley, assisted by Isabelle Ambler
Plain white tray (ours is from Ikea)
Collected rose petals and leaves
Paper cup and stirring stick
Step 1: Collect fallen petals and leaves. I especially love the detailed leaves. Clean and dry them off.
Step 2: Press them in a book for at least 4-5 days. I don’t have a flower press but we put weights on top of the book and that worked fine. When they’re pressed you can start experiment with arranging them on a tray.
Step 3: You’ll need to glue down each piece. Just anything to hold it down, we just used elmer’s glue. The epoxy will make the petals more transparent, so be sure to carefully glue just a bit around the edges so it won’t show through too much.
Step 4: Follow the instructions to mix the epoxy. It’s simple, just mix the two bottles together in a cup. Just be sure there are equal portions of each and that it’s mixed thoroughly.
Step 5: Pour carefully into the tray and smooth around with a stirring stick. You want there to be a very thin coat just covering the flowers and leaves. After 5 minutes you can blow on the little bubbles and they pop very easily (it’s pretty cool!). Let dry for at least a couple of days. If you find that any parts of the roses or leaves are sticking out, you may need to do another coat. We used about 3/4 cup of the epoxy for this tray.
When fully dry, the epoxy is food safe for breakfast in bed or a special afternoon tea!
Can you do this with a wooden tray
I love this idea! It is Fall here in PA and they are beautiful! I was wondering was the tray ceramic or plastic?
that turned out so cool, liz! i love the look of the pressed flowers – and a super cute (and magical) project to do with your child! xo
This looks like such a great kid friendly project. I know the ones I look after love picking up petals and leaves. Definitely going to have to do this, especially since the leaves are turning such nice fall colours!
I like working with pressed flowers.
Your craft is very nice and beautiful.
Like this idea for a tray on a dresser for jewelry, change, etc. Great idea.
ooh yes I agree about the jewelry tray! would be lovely
Oh, this is so pretty! Would make such a lovely gift for bridal shower or just a very girlie friend:)
This is such a brilliant idea. I love pressed flowers (most of the time I can’t stand to let a pretty arrangement go) but I never want to keep them around because what do you do with them all? What a great idea for a gift!
I’m with you Laicie! What a great way to use them, and indeed a great gift idea. I’m thinking it would look nice on a wooden tray as well…hmm…
Interesting idea, would love to see you give it a try!
This is just stunning, Liz!
I like the idea of capturing fall’s color this way.
I know, i think it would be beautiful! I’ll have to chase down from fall leaves somewhere around here and try it
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