How to Make Pretty Hammered Flower Prints

2 Materials
15 Minutes

In our house, it can take a bit of imagination to make any activity seem more enticing than screen time. Turns out telling the kids they can make pictures by bashing flowers with a hammer, works a treat!

Making hammered flower prints is great fun and they look lovely displayed in a frame or used as greeting cards.

Here we used flowers from our garden, but I’ve also seen fab results over on Pinterest where people have used leaves.

It really is as simple as positioning your chosen flower on the paper, covering it with kitchen towel (we use 3 sheets), and hammering away, making sure you work across the entire area that the petals are positioned under.

We have found that flowers with thin delicate petals work the best. The blue flowers I believe are a type of rock cress, and we have also found that Wall Flowers work well too.

Part of the joy of this activity is trying out lots of different sorts of flowers, so I don’t want to put in too many spoilers. I will say, however, that Chive flowers don’t look nearly as attractive, once they have had a hammer taken to them!

Once you have hammered over your covered area, gently peel back the kitchen towel, and if necessary, peel of any petal residue from your masterpiece. We found it easiest to add our flowers one at a time and repeated the process, but do whatever works for you.

For more nature craft inspiration, please check out our making eco prints post, and our making dye from lichen tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Fresh flowers
  • Paper
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  • Susan Broadwell Susan Broadwell on Feb 25, 2022

    What kind of paper did you use? How did you stop the hammer from making divots into the paper every time you brought the hammer down?

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