Pressed flowers can be used for purposes like decorating an item or adding a floral element to your interior decor.
If you love DIY, there are numerous pressed flower ideas to try, such as decorating your phone case, adorning notebooks, placemats and candles, or framing them to hang on walls.
Before you get started, here are some flower pressing tips to keep in mind.
● If you are a first-timer, try pressing daisies, pansies, or violas; they have fewer petals and take a shorter time to press.
● Cut flowers right after they bloom, as this is when they retain most of their colors.
● Pluck flowers that have been dried out by the sun. A good time to do this is in the late morning when the dew has evaporated.
● Ensure you store your pressed flowers in cool places away from any heat source to prevent fading.
Once you have your flowers, here are some different ways to press them:
Materials needed for this technique are your flowers, blotting papers such as newspaper, parchment paper, or tissue paper, and the flower press.
A flower press is constructed of plywood boards with bolts and wingnuts for adjusting the pressure. Loosen the wingnuts, line the wood using the absorbent paper, place your flowers in between and tighten the wingnuts.
As you start, apply gentle pressure so that there is circulation of air, and then increase the pressure as days pass.
For this method, you will need a book or books, weights, flowers and absorbent paper.
You can start by preparing your flowers and removing any unwanted leaves. Next, lay the flowers on the parchment paper with the blooms facing down. Now open the book and place the parchment paper and flowers on a page. For this method, one of the most important flower pressing tips is to making sure your flowers are between at least 50 pages.
Now close the book carefully so that you don’t shift the flowers from their initial positions. Place more weights on top of the book and leave it for 3-4 weeks. If the flowers don’t have a papery texture after this time, remove the parchment paper and let them be pressed for some more time.
If you want your flowers dried in a matter of minutes rather than days, this is the best option. Besides being instant, microwaving the flowers retains all their vibrant colors. There are microwave flower presses specifically designed to fulfill this purpose, but you can also use your kitchen microwave oven.
Place the flowers in a microwave safe container and cover them with a mixture of silica and sand, which will both press the flowers down and help speed up the drying process. Place the container in the microwave and heat for up to a minute. Leave the container and its contents to cool down and to ensure the flowers have fully dried.
Once your flowers are pressed, they can be used to decorate almost anything. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, there are so many pressed flower ideas out there that the only limit is your imagination.