Seaweed Pressing

Now that beaches are open and we are all allowed to venture 5 km from our home, here’s an activity on seaweed, for those of you lucky enough to live within 5 km of the coast. If you don’t live near the coast, why not check out our posts on Flower Pressing or Nature Art instead?

You can make the most beautiful pictures out of seaweed.

Seaweed pressing is a Victorian art, with lots of examples of it in old books. It hasn’t changed much through time.

So if you live within 5 km of the shore, why don’t you go and collect some small pieces of seaweed from the strand line, take them home, and make a picture. There is always plenty of loose seaweed washed up, so there is no need to cut any, and remember, take no more than you will use for your picture. Download our instructions to find out what you need and how to do it.

Download: Instructions for Pressing Seaweed.

Published by Louise Allcock

Professor of Zoology at NUI Galway

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