How to Press Fresh Flowers for Homemade Soaps


There are so many ways you can use pressed flowers. You can place them in scrapbook pages, make a bouquet for your dining room table, or add them to homemade bars of soap. Soap with pressed flowers inside is a creative gift you can give any friend or family member for Christmas. Pressing the flowers is not hard, but you do need patience to wait for the flowers to dry.

Step 1

Remove the flowers from your flower garden only when you are ready to immediately begin pressing them. If you remove them and wait a few days, they will shrivel up and die.

Step 2

Set the flowers in between two sheets of newspaper. Make sure you place the flowers the exact way you want them to look. The newspaper is important, because its job is to absorb the moisture in the flowers.

Step 3

Open a large dictionary to the middle page. Set the newspaper sheets inside of the dictionary and close it. The weight of the dictionary is probably all you need, but if your dictionary isn't heavy, add a few books on top to make it heavier.

Step 4

Wait seven to 10 days before checking to see if the flowers are completely dried out. They will feel like paper if they are. If not, stick them back for another three days.

Step 5

Remove the flowers and use them in your homemade soaps.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't pick your flowers in the morning when they are covered in dew. This will make it take longer for the flowers to dry out.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Newspaper
  • Dictionary


  • Nick Jr.: How to Press Flowers
  • Martha Stewart: Pressing Flowers and Leaves
Keywords: drying flowers, pressing flowers, flowers in soap

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