How to Dry Out Flowers in a Book

Overview

Pressing flowers in a phone book is one method used for drying floral cuttings. Pressed flowers can be framed, used to decorate book marks or greeting cards. Not all flower types are suitable for pressing. Flowers with especially fine stems or coarse, thick stems should be dried using another method. For successful pressing, use flowers that can be easily flattened, such as pansies or sweet peas.

Step 1

Take cuttings of flowers in their prime, no larger than what will fit inside an old phone book.

Step 2

Open the phone book, turning to a back page.

Step 3

Arrange one layer of flowers on the opened page (close to the fold of the book), face down without overlapping.

Step 4

Cover the flowers with about a dozen pages.

Step 5

Add more flowers to the top page, if desired, repeating the previous two steps.

Step 6

Continue adding flowers to pages, by repeating the previous steps. Do not overfill the book, as you must be able to close it. If it is your first time, press one to three pages of flowers. After you get comfortable with the process, you can do more pages.

Step 7

Shut the phone book and add other books atop the phone book, to weight it down. The phone book needs to close as much as possible.

Step 8

Store the stack of books in a dry location. It will take between two to four weeks to dry, depending on the amount of flowers being dried.

Tips and Warnings

  • Any book with with non-glazed pages can be used, but the process can stain the pages.

References

  • NDSU: Methods of Preserving Flowers
  • Saint John's Community Garden Society: Pressing Flowers
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About this Author

Ann Johnson was the editor of a community magazine in Southern California for more than 10 years and was an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelors of Art degree in communications from California State University of Fullerton. Today she is a freelance writer and photographer, and part owner of an Arizona real estate company.