How to Press a Flower in a Microwave

Overview

Dried flowers, herbs and grasses are an attractive addition to many paper crafts. They can be used in paper making, or added to a scrapbook page or laminated bookmark. Traditionally, flowers were dried in a flower press, which took days or even weeks, depending on the thickness of the flowers. Drying flowers in a microwave can take only minutes, and the flowers can be used in crafts almost immediately after they have dried.

Step 1

Cut out two pieces of corrugated cardboard, about 4 by 4 inches. You may cut slightly larger or smaller, depending on the size of your average flower, but this is a good size with which to start. Cut two pieces of printer paper the same size. Fold paper towel or cut it to match, making six layers of paper towel.

Step 2

Lay one piece of cardboard on a table. Layer on top three layers of paper towel and one piece of printer paper. Arrange your blossoms and other plant material the way you would like it to look when dried. Top the flower with another layer of printer paper, then three layers of paper towel, and finally top with the other piece of cardboard.

Step 3

Secure the layers together with a rubber band. Place the entire package in the microwave. Set the microwave on medium and cook for 30 seconds. Allow it to cool, then check the flower. It should be stiff and dried, not pliable. If it still bends, microwave it for another 15 seconds. Keep microwaving until the desired texture is achieved.

Step 4

Remove the package from the microwave and set it on a table to cool thoroughly. Set a large book on top of the package to keep it flat. Remove the package after about 20 minutes, and use the flower and plant material in your craft project.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't microwave more than 15 seconds at a time, or you may end up burning your flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Printer paper or parchment
  • Rubber band
  • Microwave oven

References

  • Arlington Organic Garden Club: Pressing Leaves and Flowers
  • Preserved Gardens: How to Press Flowers, Leaves and Herbs

Who Can Help

  • Uses for Pressed Flowers
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About this Author

Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. Her degree in public law and government began a lifetime love of research, and has served her writing well. Baley has written articles for EndlessSunday.com, GardenGuides.com and hundreds of articles for eHow.com.