How to Preserve an Orchid Corsage

Overview

Whether you want to remember your prom, wedding or other special event, preserving an orchid corsage allows you to keep it as a souvenir for years to come. Ideal for scrapbook hobbyists and those who keep journals of their fondest memories, the pressing method of preservation allows for permanent and convenient display of your orchid corsage.

Step 1

Remove any metal fixtures from the orchid corsage. If you're able to, use only the flowers and the ribbon of the corsage and discard of the other parts.

Step 2

Place an acrylic sheet in front of you.

Step 3

Place the orchid corsage in the center of the acrylic sheet. Center it perfectly.

Step 4

Gently push down on the protruding petals of the orchid blossoms. Make sure not to snap them completely, just halfway so they lay flat against the acrylic.

Step 5

Line the outer edges of the acrylic sheet with super glue.

Step 6

Place the second acrylic sheet directly over the other sheet, pinning the corsage between them. Press down firmly to flatten, or "press," the orchid flowers.

Step 7

Make sure the two acrylic sheets are pressed completely together and are airtight. The orchid corsage will flatten completely.

Step 8

Allow the pressed corsage to sit undisturbed for a day before attempting to move it.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 acrylic photo frame inserts (8 inches by 8 inches)
  • Orchid corsage
  • Super glue

References

  • West Virginia University: Flowers
Keywords: orchid corsage, flower pressing, preserving flowers

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