Get Crafty: Pressed Flowers
Written by: Allison Swan
Pressed flowers make the prettiest mementos. Preserve their beauty and get the best pressed blooms with this easy process.
Start by gathering clean flowers free of spots or blemishes. For plants and wildflowers, gently pull them out by the root. Try collecting them on a sunny day when they are not wet from rain or dew.
Pro tip: collect more than you need so you'll have plenty to work with at the end---many fade, wilt, and some are too delicate and fall apart, so having a lot to choose from will create the best flowers and work of art.
Dry your flowers and plants with a paper towel as much as you can before you press them to prevent them from molding.
Place your flowers face down in a telephone book lined with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking to the surface. Close the book, weigh it down, and leave undisturbed for seven to 10 days.
For large bulky flowers or plants, you'll need to create a big press that will sandwich and cover everything together. An easy way to do so is using a large piece of plywood. Layer cardboard, newspaper, and foam, put your plants in between the layers, cover everything with a second piece of plywood, and then stack heavy objects on top. The bigger plants should take a few weeks to dry depending on the type.
You'll know your flowers are ready when they're papery.
After retrieving them from the pages of an old phone book or your plywood press, there's so many things you could do, like creating unique collages and framing them or laminating them to create bookmarks.