Have you ever wanted to know how to press dry flowers for your next craft project? This guide shows how easy it is using equipment you have around the home. Pressing flowers is the easiest and most versatile way to dry and use flowers.
Use pressed flowers for personalised cards, scrapbooks or added to framed pictures.
Tools and Equipment Needed
- Baking or Parchment Paper
- Clamp (Optional) – If you are looking for a new clamp try this top rated clamp from Amazon. (Paid link)
- Airtight Container for Storing – Use recycled glass jars, margarine or ice-cream containers.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
- Choosing Flowers
Pick flowers that have fully opened but have not started to lose their colour. Experiment with different types to find which flowers in your garden work best.
- Preparing a Book
Use large books you don’t read often. Open to the middle then lay a sheet of baking paper over one page.
- Preparing the Flowers
Next you can either cut the stems as close to the flower as possible or leave the stems on if using in your picture. Arrange the flowers on the paper leaving room between each for the flower to spread when it is pressed.
- Arranging the Flowers
Lay another sheet of baking paper on top of the flowers then carefully lay pages about ½ inch (1 to 2 cm) thick over the top.
- Placing Flowers Between the Pages
Lay another piece of baking paper on the page then arrange more flowers, place a piece of baking paper on top then cover with more pages. Repeat until you have used all of your flowers.
- Clamping the Book
Place the closed book between two other books then place either thick newspaper, cardboard or two pieces of timber on either side. Place the clamp around the books with the ends of the clamp on the protective newspaper. Wind the clamp until it is firm.
- Alternative to Clamping
Alternatively, place as many books as you can on top of the book with the flowers. The weight will slowly press the flowers down. The clamp method is the easier option especially if you have a lot of flowers to press as you may have trouble getting the books to balance on top.
- Removing the Pressed Flowers
Gently peel back the baking or parchment paper then gently peel the flower from the paper. Parts of the flower may stick so it may be a good idea to work your way around the outside edge of the flower before peeling it right off.
Larger roses will take longer to dry than the smaller more delicate flowers. Check after a few days for the smaller flowers and a week for the larger flowers with more blooms or thicker stems. If you can there is no harm in waiting 2 weeks especially in cooler areas.
Store pressed flowers in an airtight container until ready to use. They can be sprayed with hairspray which helps to preserve the bloom however, the colour will fade over time.
Some flowers will dry better than others. Sometimes the petals will go brown especially if they are dried quickly and with heat. It is best to leave your flowers in a cool dry area of your home while they are being pressed.
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