There is no need to let your flowers go to waste once the blooming season is about to end. You can take those flowers and dry them out to preserve them. You can use pressed flowers for craft projects. You can even pressed flowers to your scrapbook pages. One way to preserve flowers is to dry them out and press them in your microwave.
Lay the ceramic tiles in front of you and set a paper towel over each of them. The paper towels act as padding, while the ceramic tiles do the actual pressing.
Lay a piece of printer paper over each paper towel. The printer paper is smooth and will keep your flowers from becoming imprinted with any of the texture on the paper towels.
Set your flowers on top of one of the pieces of printer paper. Make sure it is just the way you want it.
Invert the second ceramic tile with paper towel and printer paper, and set it over top of the flower.
Wrap rubber bands around the ceramic tiles to keep them together.
Place the homemade flower press in the microwave, and turn the heat setting to medium heat.
Dry the flowers out in the press by cooking them in the microwave for one minute at a time. After two or three minutes, you can remove your ceramic tiles.
Remove the paper with the flowers between it, and set them inside of a heavy book for one day. Your flowers will then be ready for use.