How to press your own flowers

Learn how to master this simple, beautiful crafting skill.

Flower pressing has been a popular craft since the 1800s due to its simple method and beautiful results. The accessible nature of the craft makes it a great activity for the whole family, with a variety of fun DIY projects to use them in. 

When choosing your flowers, it's best to pick ones that have a flat bud head, like violas, pansises, daisies and rose petals so they will appear more vivid in the end result. While there are many ways to press flowers, pressing and drying them naturally will exude a more vibrant colour and is the simplest form for most households. 

Here's how you can make your own:

You’ll need:

- Flowers
- Absorbent paper (Tissue of Baker’s Paper work well)
- Heavy books (A pile of hardcovers will press quicker due to their weight)
- Floristry scissors or gardening secateurs

Step 1: Pick your chosen flowers for pressing.

Step 2: Place your scissors under the flower head and caredfully cut off stems. For bigger flowers, you can trim the petals around the bud for pressing only. Remove any discoloured petals. 


Step 3: Fold the baking paper in half and then place open. Arrange the flowers on one side, ensuring they will be covered when the other side folds over. 


Step 4: Place your pressed flowers in paper underneath a pile of heavy weighted books

Step 5: Leave flowers to dry and press for a week or so. Some may only take a couple of days depending on how much moisture is in the flower petals.

Once your flowers are pressed and dry they can be used to create a variety of floral projects such as nature journaling, botanical artworks, decorating cards and gifts and laminated bookmarks.

See more DIY and craft ideas on Jenna's blog or her YouTube channel.

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