In Victorian times, children were encouraged to learn about the natural world by making collections. Pressing flowers was a simple craft, requiring only access to a variety of flowers, a heavy book, paper, and paste. Not only was it possible to preserve flowers, the dried specimens could be used as part of a botany project or to make decorations. Today, modern materials make it easy to use this old-time activity to create book markers, greeting cards, or wall hangings.
To complete your project, you will need cold laminating sheets (one piece, two-sided), available in a number of sizes from craft stores. Place the flowers face down on the non-sticky surface. Once they are in place, slowly peel off the paper from the sticky sheet, pressing it down carefully with a ruler as you do so to squeeze out air bubbles. (If you do get a bubble, a tiny prick with a needle will let the air out.) Cut the laminated flowers to the size you desire. You can punch holes in the top corners and run a bit of yarn through for a nice wall hanging or sun catcher. To make a note card, write a greeting on a piece of paper, place it face down, and laminate it along with the flowers.