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Flower Pressing 101

Flower pressing is a fun, creative way to preserve your favourite spring blooms so that you can enjoy them year-round! All you need are beautiful flowers, some paper, and heavy books to press plants at home. This is a great way to practice mindfulness and keep the little ones entertained and connected to nature as the weather gets sunnier and your garden is in full bloom. 

What you need

  • Flowers and other plant material

There's no limit to the varieties of flowers and plant material you can press, but make sure you pick them as close to pressing as possible. Keep in mind the colours will fade as the plants dry out, so pick your flowers as soon as they burst into bloom and are in their rainbow-bright prime. You also want to make sure the plant material you're pressing is dry, as dampness could lead to mould, and in good condition, free of any blemishes or tears.

  • Heavy books to weigh down your plant material

Large books you have lying around, such as cookbooks and dictionaries, are great options. There's a small chance that moisture from your plant material may cause the pages of your book to wrinkle, so don't use your favourite! You can also use extra weights on top, like cans, to make sure your flowers are adequately weighted down.

  • Absorbent paper 

Parchment paper, printer paper or flat cardboard work well. Kitchen towel can also be used but may impart unwanted texture or patterns onto your plant material. 

How to press flowers

Start by preparing your flowers and plant material. Remove any excess leaves, and then lay your flowers out flat on some paper while you work. If you can't press your flowers straight away, store them in a container in your fridge until you're ready to work.  

Open up one of your books of choice and place your absorbent paper on a page. 

Position your flowers and plant material face down on the paper. Try to minimise the overlap of petals. Close your book carefully to ensure you don't dislodge your flowers. 

Weight your book down with some more books or other heavy objects, and keep your press somewhere out of the way. Leave your flowers and plant material to sit at least three weeks. The longer you wait, the dryer your flowers will be. If you check them and they don't feel light and papery, replace your absorbent paper and let them dry for longer. 

Once you've created your pressed flowers, the sky is the limit as to what you can do with them. Try using them to decorate cards, framing them for display or using them in art projects!

If you're interested in flower pressing, you might like to our simple guide to plant dyeing, an all-natural method of dyeing fabrics using pigments found in plants.

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