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Flower Pressing

Flower pressing can be a fun and creative pastime. There are many gifts you can make with your pressed flowers. Place them on note cards or in scrapbooks. You can use them to make bookmarks, picture frames, and candles just to name a few. These would make great and thoughtful gifts for a loved one.

Pressed flower projects

Gather your materials:

  • Your favorite flowers and foilage (see suggestions below)
  • Hairspray
  • Wax paper
  • Sandwich Bags
  • 2 pieces of Cardboard or a large phone book
  • A dictionary, encyclopedia, or other heavy books (at least 10-20 lbs.)
  • Plain tissue paper or plain toilet paper (no lotion, fragrance, or patterns)
  • Tweezers

Prepping the Flowers

For best results, use small and flat flowers and choose perfect blooms with little or no defects. To prevent the flower from losing its color, lightly spray some hairspray over it before pressing. Place the flowers flat between wax paper in a sandwich bag and keep it in the refrigerator to prevent damage and withering before pressing.

Suggestions on flowers to use:

Flower options

(1st Row) Pansies, Larkspurs, Hydrangeas, Buttercups, (2nd Row) Honesty, Daisies, Geraniums, and Queen Anne’s Lace. Other good flowers to use are violas, baby’s breath, and small leaves.

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Step 1

Layout a few sheets of plain tissue/toilet paper over cardboard or in the middle of the phonebook.

Step 2

Place the flowers on the paper making sure the flowers don’t overlap.

Step 3

Place a few sheets of paper on top of the flowers to cover them fully.

Step 4

Place a second piece of cardboard over it and place the heavy books on top of it. Or if you are using a phonebook, close the book carefully over the covered flowers and place some heavy books over it. Make sure nothing is sticking out.

Step 5

Place the other heavy books on top of the phone book and leave it there for about 2 to 3 weeks. Larger flowers may take up to 5 weeks to dry.

Step 6

When the flowers are pressed and dried, use your tweezers to carefully pick up the flowers. They should be papery in texture making them quite fragile. Place in a safe place where they will not be damaged until you are ready to use them.

Get Creative!

Arrange it however you like on the heavy weight, acid free paper or another surface such as a scrapbook or notecard. Arrange them carefully until the desired look is achieved. Secure the flowers with glue using a very small amount and a brush to gently cover the flower. Clear contact paper is another way of protecting flower designs.

This entry was posted on October 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm.