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This post will teach you how to make a flower press and how to press flowers. Once you know how to press flowers you can make beautiful pieces of original art for your home.
So, to press flowers, you need a flower press. Do they even make those in anymore? 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 how to press flowers and, in a few weeks time, I’ll follow up with how to display your pressed flowers.
Your flower press is complete!
Now that you have your flower press it is time to learn how to make pressed flowers.
You will want to cut flowers that don’t have too much depth to start. For example, I loved playing with these cosmos because they are nice and flat flower that makes them perfect for pressing. A flower with a lot of dimension and petals, like hydrangea for example, which is made up of many tiny blooms would likely end up looking very smushed.
Flowers that are good to press:
These are my suggestions for flowers that do not have a lot of dimension but you never know what will look best when pressed. Try lots of flowers to see what looks the nicest!
Carefully place your selected flowers flat onto one of the pieces of paper of your flower press that is positioned on top of a piece of cardboard. Place your flowers in the shape that you would like them to flatten. Placing your flowers well will take time and patience! Once your flowers are in place, position a second piece of paper on top, followed by a second piece of cardboard. This is your flower sandwich! Place your cardboard, paper, and flower sandwich within your flower press and tighten the wood together using the wing nuts. This tightening will flatten your floral specimen even further. 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! After a few days they will be very flat and then you just have to wait for the drying process.
Pressed flowers create beautiful art! Read our post about how to display pressed flowers!
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