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How to Make Your Flowers Last Forever

Filed in: Home & Garden

Well friends, it turns out there IS a way to make your flowers last forever! Honestly, I was pretty excited when I figured this out myself. So, how do you do it? Press them! Pressed Flowers make beautiful wall art and each bloom is so unique. Read this post to learn how to make and display your own pressed flowers.

Have You Ever Pressed Flowers?

Last month I shared how to make your own flower press (ie. the easiest handy craft that I have ever done!). After a few weeks of patiently waiting for my pressed flowers to dry I was finally able to take them out from the press and display them in my home. Yaay!

I love the simple look of pressed flowers and, when displayed in a group like I have done here, the result is clean but has a lot of impact and fills a wall really nicely! The thing that I love most about pressed flowers is that they are original pieces and no two pieces will ever be the same. This is something that I always go for with the art in my home. Additionally, the idea that you can preserve something that is so delicate indefinitely is pretty freakin’ cool if you ask me.

What You Will Need to Display Pressed Flowers:

  • dried flower specimens (see our original post for how to press flowers)
  • a picture Frame
  • watercolour paper or paper that suits your taste to mount your flowers on
  • double sided tape
  • scissors

 

Selecting the Framing Supplies for Your Pressed Flowers

  1. Visualize your design and choose a frame that will suit your vision. Things to consider before purchasing a frame are how big the flowers you will want to display are and if you would like your flowers displayed with or without a mat. Once you have decided these 2 things you can set out to find your frames. You will want a frame that will be an appropriate size to fully display your flower specimens. You can find frames many places – I wanted 3 identical frames with mats and these ones from Ikea were perfect. Other places that I love to look are: HomeSense, Indigo, Amazon, and thrift shops.
  2. Select the paper on which to mount your flowers. I chose a watercolour paper with a slightly creamy finish and nice texture.
  3. Gather your supplies – frame, mounting paper, flower specimens, double sided table, regular tape, and scissors. You’re ready to display your pressed flowers!

 

Mounting Your Pressed Flowers

  1. Cut your mounting paper to size. If you are using a mat, you can cut your paper slightly larger than the size of your mat. If you are not using a mat you will want to cut your paper to the exact size to fit within your frame.
  2. Tape your mounting paper to the backside of your mat. If you are not using a mat then this step can be skipped.
  3. Place your flower specimens out how you would like them to be displayed in your frame. I placed all 3 pictures together before securing the flowers to the paper (above) to make sure that I liked how they all looked as a grouping. Cut the flower stems as needed to make the presentation the way you would like.
  4. Secure your flowers using the double sided tape. I used very small pieces of double sided tape to secure the flowers to the background paper. I used a larger piece of tape right in the middle of each bloom and smaller pieces on each petal. I tucked the stems behind the mats at the bottom of the frame and used a small piece of tape to secure the stems behind the mat too.
  5. Assemble your frames with your flowers in place and find the perfect spot to hang them on your walls!

I really love having this simple collection in our guest bedroom and, being a flower lover, it feels so ‘me’!

Have you ever tried pressing flowers? What are some of your favourite specimens to press?

Wool Blanket and Picture Frames both from Ikea

If you are wanting to press your own flowers, be sure to read our first post on How to Make a Flower Press!

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