How To Dry Flowers to Frame


After flowers are dried, they can be framed to create floral pictures. While there are several ways to dry flowers, the pressing method is best suited for flowers intended for framing. The stems can be left on the flowers during the pressing process, whereas it is recommended to remove most of the stem before using the silica gel method for drying. If the stems are especially thick, they won't press well; however, those types of flowers are not well suited for framing. Select healthy-looking flowers that either are in their prime or not fully developed.

Step 1

Cut pieces of newspaper, cardboard and paper towels into equal sizes. For each layer of flowers you dry, you need two pieces of cardboard, two sheets of newspaper and two sheets of paper towel. A good size is about 8 1/2-by-14 inches for each piece.

Step 2

Place a piece of cardboard on a flat surface.

Step 3

Cover the cardboard with a piece of paper towel and then a piece of newspaper.

Step 4

Arrange one layer of flowers, without overlapping, on top of the newspaper.

Step 5

Cover the flowers with another piece of newspaper, a piece of paper towel and the final piece of cardboard. Press down gently.

Step 6

Repeat the previous steps to press more flowers, stacking one layer on top of another.

Step 7

Secure all the layers by binding them together with twine. Wrap the twine across the width and length of the bundle, and tie securely with a knot.

Step 8

Weigh down the bundle with books or another flat, heavy object. Leave for two to four weeks in a dry, warm area. Drying times may vary, depending on humidity factors.

Step 9

Remove the weights and untie the twine to test the flowers. When they are ready, the flowers feel crisp, and the stems remain erect when picked up. If the flowers aren't ready, check the paper towels and replace them with dry ones if the originals are damp, refasten the ties and replace the weights.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Cut flowers
  • Twine
  • Books or heavy objects


  • AgriLife Extension: Drying Flowers
  • North Dakota State University: Pressing Flowers
Keywords: pressing flowers, drying flowers, drying flowers for framing

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.