Spring might not have officially "sprung" everywhere, but there's no doubt the trees and flowers will start budding and blooming soon. How do you make a little piece of spring last longer? One way is to collect your favorite leaves and flowers and preserve them.
(above) A collection of pressed flowers from the garden of My Petal Press ($7).
To get you started, The Dainty Squid has some great plant pressing tips. You may have done this process in grade school, but it's definitely not just child's play.
Once your plants are properly pressed, you'll need somewhere to keep them. If you're the type of person who likes systematic categorization, this herbarium folder by ARMINHO ($54) is a perfect way to archive spring.
Of course, you don't need to keep the pressed flowers in a notebook or herbarium. There are numerous ways you can put them on display year-round. Here one idea from Sofia Rose Vintage ($26).
And another crafty idea in the form of a light switch plate by My Petal Press ($11).
With a little bit of help from some resin, pressed flowers can also make gorgeous wearable items, like this Queen Anne's Lace necklace by Lowe Lowe Jewelry ($26).
Or, if you're feeling particularly ambitious, you can try your hand at pressed flower art. This amazing, intricate work is by Irina's Art by Nature ($150). Yes, those are all real pressed plants!
If you're not a plant-pressing pro yet, you can also purchase prints like this one by Day Three Creations ($10) for your home. Happy pressing!