People have been pressing flowers to remember special events for centuries. Opening up an old book or Bible might reveal a treasured, flowered remembrance. Pressing flowers is a craft that is easy to master. In fact, there are several ways you can press flowers in a short amount of time. Once you start pressing flowers, you will find many craft ideas where you can use them.
Pressing in the Microwave
Gather the flowers in the morning while they are still fresh. Choose the best-looking flowers in the bunch and make sure they are dry. Select flowers that will lie flat when you press them and have thin petals, such as cosmos, zinnia or daisies. Carry the flowers by their stems or lay them on a flat surface.
Trim off the back of the flower to remove as much of its bulky sections as possible. Unless you will be pressing the stem too, cut the stem off as close to the flower petals as possible.
Place two to three layers of paper towels on a flat, microwave-safe dish. Lay the flowers out on the paper towel as you want them to look when they are dried. Place two to three paper towels on top of the flowers. Place the dish inside of the microwave.
Lay a microwave safe, heavy, glass casserole dish that is large enough to cover the flowers, on top of the paper towels.
Turn the microwave on medium and heat for one to two minutes. Check the flowers for dryness. If the flowers are still moist, heat for one more minute and check. When the flowers are dry, they are ready for use.
Pressing with an Iron
Gather and trim your flowers just as you would if you were drying them in the microwave.
Heat the iron to medium-high heat. Lay a cloth on top of the ironing board to protect it.
Place the flowers between two sheets of wax paper. Lay the wax paper on top of the cloth on the ironing board. Place another cloth on top of the top layer of wax paper.
Iron over the cloth with for one to two minutes. Check to see if the flowers are dry. If they are still moist, iron over the cloth again until the flowers are dry. They are now ready for use.