You've never gifted flowers quite like this before!
Read step by step instructions after the video.

Flowers are a classic and thoughtful Mother’s Day gift, but they don’t last very long. This year, give Mom a gorgeous art print made from her favorite fresh blooms. Our simple flower pounding technique makes it easy to transform fresh flowers into a gorgeous art piece she will love. Grab a store-bought bouquet (or pick a few of her favorite flowers from the garden) and turn the flowers into a pretty, handmade Mother’s Day gift. Our easy pounding technique makes it so easy to transfer the bright blooms onto watercolor paper. Once you make the pounded flower art, just pop it in a frame and add a Mother’s Day card!

  • Working time 30 mins
  • Start to finish 2 hrs
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

supplies to create smashed flower art
placing flowers on paper for smashing
Step 1

Cut and arrange flowers

Start with a store-bought bouquet that features a variety of bright flowers and greenery. We found that flowers with brighter pigments—like bright yellows and dark purples—transferred the best. Cut each flower at the base, close enough to remove the whole stem while still keeping the flower intact. When you have an assortment of cut flowers in different sizes and shapes, arrange them face down on a piece of watercolor paper that is trimmed to your frame size.

Related: How to Create Beautiful Dried Flowers to Enjoy Year-Round

smashing flowers with hammer for coloring paper
Step 2

Pound flowers

It may be helpful to try transferring a few flowers onto a scrap piece of watercolor paper to see how each flower transfers over; this will give you a good idea of how best to transfer the final design. Start by placing each flower facedown, then cover the arrangement with either waxed paper or a paper towel. Use the hammer to pound around the circumference of the flower, applying pressure to the petal area but avoiding the center (otherwise pollen and moisture will stick to the paper as well, which doesn't look as pretty). Repeat this process until you're happy with the way the hammered flower art looks—don't forget, you can add accents and dimension by pounding leafy greenery, too!

smashed flower colors in wooden frame
Step 3

Frame flower art

When you're done hammering the flowers, carefully remove the waxed paper and flowers from the watercolor paper. Set the paper in a cool, dry area; let dry completely. Once dry, add the flower pounding print to a frame and gift it to Mom. Bonus points if you give her a matching bouquet to go along with her flower art!

Related: How to Make a Colorful Dried Flower Wreath

    Comments (3)

    How difficult was this project?
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    May 8, 2020
    Difficulty: Very Easy
    The flowers came out well defined. Let dry before you frame.
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    January 29, 2022
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    August 8, 2019
    Difficulty: Kind of Easy
    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    July 27, 2019
    Difficulty: Very Easy
    The instructions say to use wax paper but the video says to use paper towels. The paper towels makes more sense but which should I use?

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