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If you've got special flowers you want to hold on to, pressing them lets you freeze that moment and create a keepsake full of memories. Whether it's your wedding bouquet, a stunning Mother's Day gift, or a sweet surprise from a friend, flowers bring so much joy that we wish could last forever.
Pressed flowers are a blast to make and super easy too! They're a cool idea for showing off or giving as presents. And guess what? No fancy tools needed – just grab a few things you probably already have at home. Peek into our beginner's guide on how to press your favourite flowers like a pro, so those special blooms stick around in your collection for ages!
Getting great results starts with choosing the right fresh flowers. The ones that work best for pressing are the ones with naturally flat shapes and petals that are single-layered. Flowers like zinnias, delphiniums, pansies, violas, daisies, geraniums, African violets, cosmos, and other smaller blooms are perfect. But hey, if you've got chunkier flowers like alstroemerias, lilies, orchids, chrysanthemums, carnations, or roses, no worries – just give them a little trim down the middle using scissors or a knife before pressing..
Undoubtedly, this is the simplest and widely adopted way to press flowers. Begin with a hefty book, preferably one you're okay with potentially damaging, as the moisture absorbed by the pages could lead to wrinkles.
1. Gently position the flower facedown between two parchment paper or blotter sheets, and slip it between the pages of the book.
2. Depending on the book's thickness, you can press several flowers together.
3. Mind the spacing to prevent moisture from transferring between the flowers.
4. Close the book gently, taking care not to disturb the arrangement.
5. Add more books or hefty items on top of the book to provide extra weight.
6. Leave it within the book for about 3-4 weeks; the longer the pressing, the less moisture remains in the flowers.
7. Swap in fresh sheets every few days to aid the process.
8. Handle the dried flowers with care when removing them, as they will be quite fragile.
If you're eager to avoid the wait of several weeks for pressing your flowers, think about using an iron to accelerate the process.
Did we get you excited to give pressed flowers a go? The excitement doesn't just end here. Stay tuned for our Flower pressing kits that will be soon available online to purchase.