How to Press Flowers

Overview

Pressing flowers is an easy and creative way of remembering each year's garden. Flower pressing can be either simple or complex. In its simplest form, as demonstrated here, you press the flowers using materials found around the house or in your recycling pile. At its most complex, you can use a flower press. But why spend the extra time and money on a piece of equipment when you can achieve the exact same results with minimal investment? With a little bit of time and care, you can press flowers to use in arts and crafting or to keep as mementos.

Step 1

Gather two or more heavy, hardcover books.

Step 2

Position a piece of corrugated cardboard on the cover of one of the books. Corrugated cardboard allows a minimal amount of air to circulate between the books to prevent the flower from molding or rotting during the pressing process.

Step 3

Place a sheet of thick paper on top of the cardboard.

Step 4

Place a flower on top of the paper.

Step 5

Layer another sheet of paper on top of the flower.

Step 6

Lay a piece of corrugated cardboard on top of the paper.

Step 7

Position the second heavy book on top of the sheets of paper, flower and first book.

Step 8

Allow approximately one to two weeks for the flower to dry out and press. Every few days, add another book to the top of the pile to increase the weight upon the flower.

Step 9

Remove the books and cardboard at the end of one to two weeks. Gently peel away one of the sheets of paper. Using the edge of the paper, carefully detach the flower from the other sheet of paper. Your pressed flower is now ready to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy books
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paper

References

  • Joanna Sheen: How to Press Flowers
  • Flowers By Friends: How to Press Flowers
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About this Author

Elizabeth Tumbarello is an eclectic writer from Ohio. Tumbarello has ghostwritten for a number of years, and has just started to publish her own work. She is an avid animal lover who volunteers with her local Humane Society and is currently pursuing her associate's degree in veterinary technology.