Did you get your hands on a lucky four leaf clover? Or perhaps you just found a few beautiful clovers you would like to preserve? Whatever the case may be, drying your own clovers is easy and can be done in just a few steps. Take a look below at some helpful hints on how to dry and press four leaf clovers. You will find that making these little gems last forever is easy, it is the finding them part that is hard. Here is how you can get started.
How to Dry and Press Clovers
To begin, you will need to find your clovers, whether they be basic clovers or four leaf. Find a grassy area where clovers are abundant. Take a blanket, sit and relax, and gently comb through the clovers. If you wish, a magnifying glass can help you get a better look. Once you have found the clover you wish to dry and press, you can follow these steps.
1. Remove the clover with as much of the stem as possible.
2. As soon as you pick the clover, remove it from the sunlight and keep it in a cool, dark place laying flat.
3. The clover will be very delicate, but it is important it gets a few hours to dry. It could still be damp from dew or outdoor moisture and you want to dry this out as much as possible. Let it sit in a dark closet for 8-10 hours until most of the moisture is gone.
4. Next, lay the clover between two pieces of wax paper. Make sure it is nice and flat.
5. Place the wax paper in between the pages of a heavy book. You want the weight of the pages to press the clover flat.
6. Allow the clover to sit in the pages for 2-3 days. If you wish, you can gradually add more weight to the book to really press the clover out.
7. Once your clover is dried and well flattened, you can carefully remove it and spray it with a light spray of regular hold hair spray. This will help seal it and keep it intact.
A great way to display your four leaf clover is to frame it. Just add a tiny dab of glue and press it to a piece of scrapbook paper. You can then insert the paper into a frame with a glass cover and display.
See how simple it can be to dry and press your own four leaf clover? Give this tutorial a try the next time you find a lucky four leaf clover!