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Laser cut wooden flower press

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Motivation of this Instructable: a gift for my son, Cyrus, for his 6th birthday.

This Instructable will show you how to build your own customized flower press, herbier in French. It is a nice way of pressing and preserving flowers, leaves, buds and lots of other things that can be found in your backyard or when walking around in the nature.

Elements of customization:
  • name
  • picture on the top (I found mine on http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/, beware of the license if you intend to use it for other purpose than personal usage)
  • message if needed
  • date (birthday in my case)

Needed material:
  • plywood (4mm but it may be insufficient): I've personally cut 2 sheets of 140x140 mm (5.5x5.5")
  • a laser cutter (or a saw + a drill otherwise)
  • 4 bolts + 4 nuts + 4 wing-nuts
  • paper + thin cardboard for the interior sheets

The assembly instructions are not really necessary, are they?
See pictures from the 2nd to the 6th if you want them!

Happy herbalism!

Please, show me your own customizations in the comments below!

I'll be pleased to see what you can imagine from this Instructable...


Jayefuu1 year ago
What is a herborium? Is it the same as a flower press? You don't explain :( Nice build though, looks good!
r4f (author)  Jayefuu1 year ago
Great, thanks for such a valuable feedback!

Seriously, I was so in a hurry for publishing this Instructable that I skipped the "naive review" step...

So, I'm going to modify it slightly so that question doesn't stay unanswered.
Yes, that's a flower press. I even realized that "herborium" may even not be the right term, rather "herbarium".

As I'm not a native English speaking guy, I just translated the French word "herbier" (as you can read it on the photo) and got "herbarium" (that I even badly typed, no excuse...)

So, thanks again for this helpful comment!

     Raphael
Gorgeous and such a great gift idea! :D
r4f (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Hi Jessy, and thanks for the compliment!