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How To Press Flowers At Home

 

 

Pressing flowers is a wonderful way to preserve sentimental flowers, and it’s a very simple process! 

You can purchase a wooden press which is the best method to achieve perfectly pressed florals, however, you can also press them using things you’ll already have at home. 

What you will need: 

Flowers 
Heavy book (i.e. encyclopedia, dictionary, phone books) 
Baking paper or acid-free unbleached paper
Weight or additional heavy book

 

  1. For beautiful pressed flowers, ensure you pick flowers that are completely dry. Wait until the morning dew has dried, and never pick on a rainy day.

  2. Get your heavy book, open it to the middle, and sandwich your flowers between acid-free/ unbleached paper.

  3. Place your second heavy book, or a weight, on top of the book and leave undisturbed for two weeks. 
  1. After two weeks, check to see how the flowers have dried. Sometimes you will have to leave them to press for a few extra days. They should be completely dry to the touch, and paper-thin. 

 

Other hints & tricks: 

Some flowers dry better than others - as you experiment you’ll see that some lose their vibrancy and colour, or simply don’t dry at all. You can often feel by touch alone which flowers will dry best - they should be flat, and thin-petalled flowers. Try forget-me-nots, dahlias, cosmos, larkspur, Queen Anne’s Lace, rose petals, marigolds, and pansies. 

If you’re drying a bouquet, the best approach is to hang the whole bouquet upside down.