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This post will teach you how to make a flower press. Using a Flower Press you can make beautiful pieces of original art for your home.
When I was young I would spend all day, everyday working on art projects. My cut out doll had more outfits than I’ve ever had in my life. My dollhouse was redecorated down to new floors and wallpaper every week and my parents drawers were stuffed full of my drawings and paintings. It’s really no surprise that as an adult I’ve chosen to pursue a creative career path!
When I was little I had a flower press that I played around with on rainy days but I can’t actually remember ever making anything of note. I have a feeling that with my youthful impatience the 2-4 week drying time it takes to press flowers made this activity not my favourite. Well, I have gained a little patience in my older age and last week I wanted to give flower pressing a try again.
My love for flowers has definitely grown since I was a child. To boot, I am currently in the process of decorating my new apartment and adding art to all of the walls is definitely a priority. I love the look of botanical prints and decided to try my hand at creating them myself using real flowers from my garden. So here I am, 25 years later, giving a flower press a try for the second time. First things first though, I had to figure out how to make a flower press.
So, to press flowers, you need a flower press. Do they even make those in the year 2018? Honestly, I kind of doubt it. Luckily, they are incredibly easy to make at home! Today I am going to teach you how to make a flower press and, in a few weeks time, I’ll follow up with how to display your pressed flowers.
Your flower press is complete!
Now, to make your pressed flowers, pick specimens that don’t have too much depth to start. I loved playing with these cosmos because they are nice and flat and with one face. However, a flower with dimension, like hydrangea, would likely end up a bit of a jumbled mess of petals.
Place your flowers flat onto your piece of paper in the shape that you would like them to flatten. Placing your flowers well will take time a bit of time! Once your flowers are in place, position a second piece of paper on top, followed by a piece of cardboard. Place your cardboard, paper, and flower stack within your flower press and tighten the wood together using the wing nuts. This will flatten your floral specimen. Leave your flowers in the press to dry out for about 3 weeks. Don’t be afraid to open up your press and check on your flowers after about a week though! My curiosity got the best of me and I just had to!
Pressed flowers create beautiful art! Read our post about how to display your pressed flowers!
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