Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Natural History at Home – Pressed Plant Projects

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Museum Specialist Erika Gardner aired June 13, 2020, as part of the Natural History at Home series. Watch a recording in the player above.


During this program, Erika Gardner from the museum’s Botany Department shows how to use dried and pressed plants for art projects, such as greeting cards and bookmarks, and shares best practices for keeping your own pressed plant collections.

Materials You Will Need

To make your pressed plant projects along with the video, please have ready the following supplies:

  • Paper for the project of your choice. Options include 8.5 x 11 paper for a herbarium specimen, construction paper for a greeting card or bookmark, or a notebook to start your own pressed plants notebook.
  • White glue
  • Tweezers
  • Pen
  • A notecard or cardstock (if you want to make a label)
  • Packing tape
  • Something to use as weights for holding down your plants while the glue dries, like rocks.

Related Resource

Resource Type
Arts & CraftsVideos and Webcasts
Grade Level
K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Life Science