Flower Pressing Is So Popular At The Minute, Here’s How To Do It

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Receiving a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from someone special, or collecting pretty booms on your daily walks can seem in vain sometimes. Flowers have such a short window when they’re in bloom, and before you know it they’re dead as a dodo and only fit for the bin.

But, luckily for fellow flower lovers out there, the sweet craft of pressing flowers has mad a resurgence again in recent months, meaning that we don’t have to say goodbye to our precious blooms anytime soon. By pressing flowers, we can enjoy them for years to come. Maybe it’s a single rose you received on a special anniversary, or maybe you spotted the most beautiful lavender stem while on your daily walk, taking a little time to press and preserve them means you can display and enjoy them for plenty of time to come. So, if you’re interested in learning more, keep reading.

Choose your flowers carefully

 

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Like we said above, make sure you choose a flower that is special to you. We recommend using one that is vibrant in colour, because this will show up most when pressed, flowers lose their colour as they age and dry so choosing one that is bright in colour is your best bet to making it last.

If you are picking flowers from outdoors, so it in the afternoon or evening, as morning dew can make the flower mould when pressed. Be sure to avoid flowers with tears, and check it for any small insects before you begin pressing!

Now it’s time to press

 

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There are many different ways to press flowers, from gel to microwaves. However, we recommend the two most simple methods, which are book pressing and iron pressing.

Book Method

If you are pressing your flowers using a book, take a heavy book, preferably one you don’t use too often because the pages may get a little wrinkled – this may be the perfect excuse to use that old revise wise you have hanging around! Grab some greaseproof paper from the kitchen and place it in the middle of your open book. Preparing your flower by removing any low leaves or insects from it first, place the flower in between the greaseproof paper and close the book.

Take some heavy objects – it could be other books, candles, old weights, and place them on top if the closed book to add pressure. Change the greaseproof paper every couple of days and after 1 week (you can press it for up to three weeks if you like) your flower will be pressed.

Iron Method

Taking some greaseproof paper, fold your flower inside it and place it on top of a flat surface (ideally a table). Empty an iron of water and place it on low heat. Taking the iron gently iron the flower inside the paper for 10-15 seconds, turn it over and do the same with the other side. Gently lifting up the paper check that your flower is flat and stiff, if it is then you’re ready to go!

Display your creation

 

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There are many different ways to display your pressed flowers. The most popular way to display your flowers is by placing them inside a frame. This can be done by mounting them inside a frame with a plain background – try baby pink or lilac!

Another way to display them is by glueing them onto paper. Instead of buying birthday or greetings cards, you could make your own by taking some PVA glue and gently pressing your flower down on top of it. Paint another layer of glue on top of it to hold it in place and you’re done!

If you’re feeling really creative, why not immortalise your pressing forever and try painting it yourself! Grab your pencils, oil paints, markers, or whatever is your art material of choice and get your still life on by copying the flower. You could go all out and try to make it look as realistic as possible, adding in as much detail as you can, or you could break all art rules and make it abstract – do as you please!

 

 


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