Pressed Flowers

Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers make lovely cards, pictures, pretty boxes, and much more. Here's instructions on how to press those lovely blooms.

  • Pick flowers, grasses, and ferns on a dry afternoon, avoiding flowers with complex petals and thick stems.
  • Arrange your finds between sheets of smooth blotting paper and weight them down with heavy books or bricks.
  • Leave undisturbed in a warm, dry place for three to four weeks.
  • Using tweezers, move the dried flowers to a card or piece of paper, and affix them carefully with diluted white glue.
  • You may want to spray the finished arrangement with a clear acrylic spray or, if you put the flowers on a box, use clear varnish.

Make your own flower press using two pieces of wood with holes drilled in each corner. Assemble the press by placing flowers and blotting paper between the boards, then slide a bolt up through each corner. Use wing nuts with washers to tighten the two boards together.

Have you pressed flowers? We'd love to hear from you. Just post your comment below!

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Dear sir/Madam, How can I get

Dear sir/Madam, How can I get the flower arrangement books pictures? Thanks.

We are very sorry to

We are very sorry to disappoint you, but that image is just a photo to help our readers visualize pressed flowers. We suggest contacting your local library for help in locating books about pressed flowers.

Oh my - these are simply

Oh my - these are simply amazing. Were any of them done using ?

That is a very very very

That is a very very very lovely and creative work.

I press flowers in an old

I press flowers in an old phone book in flower press or under the legs of a big old chair - - I use mine to make "Memorial book markers" using the photo of a deceased - the goal is to help the living family members move on and have a nice little memento of their loved one. - - I do this for free for family/friends and friends of friends - - helps me heal as well as I lost a son, cousin, and brother .