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How To Press Flowers

Updated on March 26, 2012

Which Flowers Should I Plant for Pressing?

When making cards and other crafts that use pressed flowers, one has two options. You can buy flowers that are already pressed, or you can press your own. While buying pressed flowers can save you some time, the costs can really add up if you use a lot of them. That's why many avid crafters choose to press their own flowers.

Unless you know someone with a flower garden or buy fresh flowers to press, you'll have to grow some flowers to get started. The tricky part is deciding which flowers to buy. Some flowers press better than others, and some are practically impossible to press. When you're getting started pressing flowers on your own, it can be difficult to decide which flowers are best to plant.

But some flowers have certain characteristics that make them easier to press. Here's what to look for:

  • Flowers that are thin are the easiest to press. They flatten more easily, and they dry much faster than thick flowers. This not only makes drying more convenient, it also allows the flower to maintain more of its color.
  • The smaller the flower, the more quickly it will dry when pressed. Large flowers take longer, and the largest ones are difficult to flatten in a way that is attractive.
  • The flower should maintain its beauty when flattened. Sometimes the only way to determine this is to see the flowers already pressed. Purchasing a few and pressing them before you plant will let you see the results before you invest a lot of time in a particular flower.
  • The more moisture a flower contains, the harder it will be to successfully press. Picking flowers during a dry time of day will help, but some just retain a great deal of moisture anyway. Using heat when pressing them, however, may bring good results.
  • Thicker flowers should not usually be pressed as-is, but you may have success with pressing the petals. Once they are dry, try gluing them back together to create the look of the original flower.
  • Many plants that consist only of leaves press very nicely. Ferns are a fine example. They look great pressed alone or with flowering plants.
  • Some good flowers for pressing include geraniums, hydrangeas, buttercups, sweet peas, pansies, daffodils, chrysanthemums and marigolds. Most flowering herbs also tend to do well. The petals of almost any flower may be pressed.

Pressing your own flowers gives you great flexibility in your crafts. Choosing ones that press well isn't always easy, but by following a few rules of thumb you can have a garden filled with easily pressable blooms.

What Do I Need to Start Pressing Flowers?

Pressed flowers make beautiful additions to all sorts of crafts. They're often used to make handmade greeting cards, but there's so much more that can be done with them. They're great for plaques and other home décor items, scrapbooking, and even decoupaging onto furniture.

You can purchase a wide variety of pressed flowers in craft stores, from florists or online. But if you want as much control as possible over your finished product, pressing your own flowers is the way to go. You can press flowers that you may not be able to find in stores, and you can create your own unique pressed arrangements.

Pressing flowers is not at all complicated. In fact, it can be done with items you probably have around the house. But you can also purchase tools that will allow you to press your flowers much more quickly.

Pressing Flowers the Cheap Way

All you really need to press flowers is something that will compress them and hold them flat until they dry. An old, thick hardback book works beautifully for this purpose. All you have to do is place the flowers between two sheets of plain paper, insert in the middle of the book and place heavy objects on top of the book to weigh it down. About two weeks later, your flowers will be ready.

Some crafters use the microwave to get their flowers ready faster. If you want to try this, make sure you use a book that you don't mind losing, just in case. Place the book with the flowers and paper inside in the microwave, and set it for 30 seconds. When the timer goes off, open the book to let out steam and check the flowers. Repeat until the flowers are nearly dry, then leave them in the book for a day or two to finish.

Flower Presses

Those who press a lot of flowers often invest in a flower press. Presses allow air to circulate around the flowers, making it possible for them to dry more quickly. Some are also designed to hold a large number of flowers, so you can press as many as you need in no time.

Many of today's flower presses are designed for use in the microwave. But you'll still need to microwave the flowers in short bursts to keep from burning them. For avid flower pressers, there are even presses designed for specific types of flowers.

If you do not use a lot of pressed flowers or are on a budget, using a big book will usually work out just fine. But for those who sell pressed flower crafts or make them frequently, a quality flower press is a good investment. Either way, pressing your own flowers is easy and rewarding.

Flower Pressing Secrets – An easy flower pressing course

Have you ever looked around for a special card to give to someone on a special occasion and have been disappointed in what you found? Then this is the right course for you. Learn how to press flowers and turn them into beautiful creations of art. Make your own exquisite cards with pressed flowers or pressed flower pictures and put a smile on someone’s face.

This course is designed for beginners to either embark on an enjoyable new hobby or even to start their own home business creating professional looking and unique pressed flower cards. You will enjoy learning about the beauty of plants, which flowers to pick, why ferns can make a difference in your design, how to successfully mount them on the card, how to keep the color alive and much more. It will give you a real sense of achievement once you see the finished works of art in front of you.

In this course you will also learn about different flower designs and how to market your products. It includes lots of helpful tips, clear instructions and will lead you step-by-step to a finished product.

So, if you are a stay-at-home mother and are looking for a wonderful opportunity to earn some extra money or if you are somebody that is looking for an enjoyable hobby that gives you a sense of achievement, don’t look any longer.

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