- Foam core board, any desired size
- Light-colored linen
- Dark-colored linen
- Fabric glue
- Dried pansies
- Glass, cut same size as foam core board
- 1/8-inch-thick hardboard, cut same size as foam core board
- Wide fabric tape, available at crafts stores
- Picture framing hardware
- Heavy twine for hanging
- Cut foam core board into the desired size and cover with light-color linen, gluing the fabric edges to the back of the board.
- Cut a piece of darker linen slightly smaller than the first; center it on the light linen and use fabric glue to secure it.
- Glue dried pansies to the darker linen.
- Sandwich the pansy board between the same size glass and 1/8-inch hardboard.
- Cover the edges of the glass with wide fabric tape, available at crafts stores.
- Attach picture framing hardware to the back and hang using heavy twine.
Grow pansies massed in containers, planted as edging or borders, or clustered in window boxes to peek out among other blooming plants and vines. Watch their pretty faces follow the sun throughout the day. Plant them in sun to partial shade and keep the plants cool and moist. Fertilize them occasionally and cut them frequently to encourage continuous blooms.
Use these cheerful, colorful flowers fresh, pressed, and dried in decorating projects. And pick pretty pansies to brighted party decorations and party menus. Although pansy leaves and flowers are no longer used to brew love potions or to cure broken hearts, organically grown pansies are completely edible and make beautiful garnishes for pastries or cookies.
Make several beautiful pansy projects to decorate your home and as gifts. In the Victorian language of flowers, the blooms will let your friends and loved ones know, "You occupy my thoughts."