Make a Dried Flower Bookmark
When Ebenezer Brigham first settled here in 1828, prairie and oak savanna covered much of Southwestern Wisconsin. Here on the grounds of Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark, the varied plants that made these areas so unique may be found in our ongoing prairie and oak savanna restoration projects. Birds, butterflies, and many other animals and insects make their homes in these diverse environments.
You will need: 1-3 dried flowers, contact/laminating paper, hole punch, ribbon
- Pick 1-3 flowers that have already been dried.
- Cut two pieces of contact/laminating paper, each about 6 inches by 2 1/2 inches. Remove the backing of one piece only to lay it on the table with the sticky side facing up. Arrange your chosen flowers on top of it in any pattern you desire.
- Remove the backing from the second piece of contact paper and carefully place the sticky side down over the other piece, sandwiching the flowers. Line up the edges.
- Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark about 1/4-inch below the top edge. Cut an 8-inch length of 1/4-inch-wide ribbon and fold it in half. Holding down the two loose end together, thread through the hole in the bookmark pulling halfway through. Insert the two loose ends held together through the loop of the ribbon, then pull the loose ends tightly to secure the ribbon through the hole. Trim excess laminate as needed.
Prairie Restoration Project!
The Prairie Demonstration Gardens at Cave of the Mounds is proud to support the ecological restoration of prairies through ecologically friendly land management practices. Little bluestem, sideoats grama, coneflower, and milkweed are common plants in this type of prairie environment.