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Pressed Flowers: Projects to Make and How to Press Your Own Flowers

Updated on August 28, 2012
A bottle decorated with pressed roses
A bottle decorated with pressed roses | Source
Supplies needed to make a pressed flower jar.
Supplies needed to make a pressed flower jar. | Source
Place a thin layer of Mod Podge or other white glue on the bottle.
Place a thin layer of Mod Podge or other white glue on the bottle. | Source
Set the flowers in the wet glue. Cover with another coat of Mod Podge and allow the jar to dry.
Set the flowers in the wet glue. Cover with another coat of Mod Podge and allow the jar to dry. | Source

Pressed Flower Glass Bottles

Decorated pressed flower glass bottles are simple to decorate and make elegant gifts for housewarming parties and showers and a way to preserve your favorite pressed flowers. Fill glass bottles with bubble bath, scented massage oil, bath crystals, or Realhousewife's linen spray. Decorated bottles add charm to any tabletop or night stand.

Supplies Needed to Make Pressed Flower Glass Bottles


  • One bottle for decorating
  • Mod Podge or other white glue
  • One sponge paint brush
  • Your favorite pressed flowers

How to Make a Pressed Flower Glass Bottle


1. Start with a clean glass bottle. Wash it in the diswasher or by hand to remove fingerprints or residue.

2. Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge on the glass with a sponge brush.

3. Arrange the pressed flowers in the glue as you want them.

4. Add a thin coat of Mod Podge on the top of the flowers and allow the glue to dry.

5. When the glue is dry, peel off the excess making sure you leave the flowers intact. A scrub with a steel wool pad will remove the leftover glue while making the glass sparkle. Fill with your favorite product and enjoy!

Do not submerge your pressed flower glass bottle in water or put it in the dishwasher. The glue is not waterproof and your flowers will wash away.

A pressed flower card with pansies
A pressed flower card with pansies | Source

Pressed Flower Note Card

Pressed flowers can be applied to any cardstock to make a thoughtful greeting card. Add Mod Podge or other white glue to the card. Carefully arrange your flowers on the card. Let the glue dry and apply another coat to top of the flowers to preserve them. Add a handwritten note and you have a meaningful gift.

Creating a card with pressed poinsettias or other Christmas flowers makes Christmas cards affordable and memorable. Consider covering a paper bookmark with pressed flowers to give as a memorable gift.

Pressed flower coasters give the joy of spring all year long.
Pressed flower coasters give the joy of spring all year long. | Source

Pressed Flower Plates and Coasters

Pressed flowers are beautiful when displayed in glass. You set a table with two glass plates with a layer of pressed roses and baby's breath in between for an elegant display that looks stunning by candlelight.

Pressed flowers can be added to do it yourself glass coaster kits for a romantic look. Pressed ferns are beautiful for a natural woodsy theme. Pressed flowers can also be added to plain coasters for quick d├ęcor. Add Mod Podge to a plain coaster and set the dried flowers on it in your favorite pattern. When the glue dries, add a thin coat of polyurethane spray to the coaster to seal the flower. All the coaster to dry for 24 hours.

How to Press Your Own Flowers

Pressing flowers at home is an easy way to preserve your favorite flowers. Immediatley prepare them by flattening them out on wax paper, making sure each petal and leaf is flat.Fold the wax paper around the flower. Place the flower in the middle of a large book that is heavy enough to keep weight on the flower. After two weeks, your flower will be ready for crafts. When pressing your own flowers, the most important step is protecting them from moisture.

White flowers tend to turn brown when pressed and aren't the best color of flowers to press.

Microwave Flower Presses

Flowers can be pressed in a microwave for faster and easier results. Flowers can be flattened and wrapped in a coffee filter and microwaved in short bursts of 30 seconds. Between each 30 second session, the coffee filter needs to be removed from the microwave and opened so steam can escape from the filter. When the flower is completely cool, it can be wrapped and microwaved again until the process is complete.

Microwave flower presses are now available. These have trays that effectively flatten flowers and allow for proper ventilation to make pressed flowers beautiful and colorful.

Assorted Pressed Flowers

A pressed flower assortment for crafts and jewelry.
A pressed flower assortment for crafts and jewelry. | Source

What is your favorite pressed flower?

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      The pressed flower in a bottle makes for an interesting decoration.

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      Joy56 2 years ago

      Great idea....thanks.

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      This is so beautiful tammy I love it when will you make me one and post it LOL. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub with us hubbers :)

      Have a bless Friday and God be with you.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your visit Vocal Coach!

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      Naomi's Banner 4 years ago from United States

      What a wonderful idea for flower lovers. This way you don't have to give up your beautiful flowers as they drop off your garden plants. This is a well written and imfortative Hub! Great job.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I was here 8 months ago and so glad it's going around again. This is the perfect month with all the flowers in bloom to follow your instructions for pressed flowers. Such talent! Up and more again and pinning+sharing.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Twig22bend. I hope you will give this project a try. :)

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      What a great idea for glass jars with the pressed flowers. I must give it a try.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wonderful and pretty natural art project. Pressed flowers do look easy to make with your hub. Thought that it would be so complicated. Very glad to stumble upon yr hub. Voted up

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing midget!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      These glass bottles will make excellent gifts.....and a good way to recycle too! You're very artistic, Tammy!! Sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      These are a lovely way to use flowers instead of letting them wilt. Thanks for sharing the ideas here! Will pass them along, Tammy!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading Maria. The bookmarks are really pretty too and make a great quick gift. I appreciate your visit.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Tammy,

      You are so awesome of a teacher. Whenever I read a crafty article from you, I find that you have de-mystified something that previously looked impossible.

      Thank you for sharing this piece. I can see so many sentimental uses. I am now anxious to check out the linen spray hub by RHW.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Vocalcoach. It is a pleasure to see you!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Sharyn. I hope you will catch the craft bug. :) I LOVE Ms. Stephanie's hub on cakes with those beautiful edible flowers. I have quite a few flowers if you need any.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I knew there must be some way to use pressed flowers and sure enough - here comes your wonderful hub! This is so exciting Tammy. Can't thank you enough. Up across - sharing.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I am so impressed Tammy. This is awesome. I have got to get into some sort of craft again, it's been way too long. I love this idea. Just recently, I saw Stephanie Henkel's hub on decorating cakes with fresh flowers. Between her hub and now your awesome work here, I'm looking at flowers a whole different way. Sharing this!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment Ishwaryaa. These make beautiful gift tags too. Thanks for reading!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! I have heard about pressed flowers used for card-making and recently jewelry-making thanks to your beautiful hub but pressed flowers in glass bottles and coasters sound uniquely interesting! This engaging hub with clear instructions and amazing photos is definitely helpful for many creative crafts enthusiasts! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you too Glimmer Twin Fan!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Hi Tammy - The hub is up. Took me a little while to figure out how to do the links, but I got it. Still learning, always will be. Thanks again for letting me link these hubs!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks teaches12345! :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your comment and for all of your sharing Ruchira. I appreciate that.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Lovely post. I can see one of these in my guest room as a really sweet way to say "Welcome." Voted up.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Gosh you are brilliant and creative, Tammy.

      My GF's b'day around the corner...what better way to be creative and show off (giggle)

      voted up and sharing itacross!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Laurinzo!

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      Laurinzo Scott 5 years ago

      How very informative, and very beautiful . What a way to preserve something beautiful. This one is a keeper, and I think I found a new hobby... thanks!!!!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Sur Glimmer Twin! When I see it I will link yours here to. That sounds like a gorgeous idea. I think they took our contact button. Thanks!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Hi Tammy - I was wondering if I could link this hub and your other pressed flower hub in a hub I about to finish about Flower Pounding on Fabric? Sorry about putting the request on here, I don't know how else to contact other hubbers. Thanks. - Glimmer Twin Fan

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I am glad Ellebee! What a pretty design that would be. That would be a very thoughtful giftl

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      These are very cool! My younger sister has a vintage flower theme going in her apartment, and I've been looking for an idea of what to make for her Christmas present! This might be it :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks unknown spy! I appreciate your kind comments.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      You are my inspiration Tammy!! You're very creative and unique. ideas that are worth trying.so great.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Rosemay50. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      -) Nice ideas!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is something I've always thought I'd like to do but never found the time, but now I'm retired it is the perfect opportunity. I am going to bookmark this page to come back to.

      Thank you

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Rajan! I remember the days..getting flowers from a secret admirerer or pressing a corsage. I still have mine. Thanks so much for your visit!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! I would love to see that Alocsin! I bet that was awesome. I am a big fan of green crafting and using pressed flowers because artificial flowers just aren't great for the environment. Thanks for sharing that. I am still trying to get a mental idea of how this was done. Very neat!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your kind words Mama Kim. This is a great craft and it is better for the environment than using plastic flowers. I appreciate your visit and pin!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Tammy, you took me back to the time I as a child used to press flowers in my textbooks, of course without the wax paper.

      very useful and interesting ways to make these items look more beautiful. Loved the info on microwaving for pressed flowers. Such an unusual use for modern technology.

      Voted up, useful and awesome. Sharing on facebook and tweeted.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is a beautiful way to preserve spring. I saw an unusual version of this recently. Someone had preserved complete two-foot high plants and flowers, which certainly grabbed attention from across the room. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I haven't pressed flowers in years! I have some cosmos in the garden right now that I want to go press ^_^ Yup, I know what I'm doing this afternoon and my 3 year old will have fun helping me. Thanks for yet another fun craft! voted up, useful and beautiful!! oohh.. pinned as well, so pretty.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      These make for pretty bottles. Thanks so much for your visit and your kind comment Cardisa!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Thelma! I don't think I have ever seen a vouguinvilla. Sounds beautiful!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I appreciate you kind words lyricwriter! Thanks for visiting!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      This is awesome Tammy, I love pressed flowers and often use them to make cards. I never tried the bottles before and I never knew how to press them myself. You are so artistic, you are awesome.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! It´s another creative craft I´ll be trying sometimes. I love pressing vouguinvillas in different colours. Thanks for sharing. Shared by Pinning.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Tammy, another great article. When it comes to awesome crafts, you are the gal! I never knew the many things that you can do with pressed flowers. Just another example of your talents in crafts. Love this idea. Once again, something I can do with my children which is a bonus. Very creative Tammy. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Best wishes.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by Anamika! I appreciate your read and comment.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Faith Reaper. I am sure they would turn out pretty.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Realhousewife! I appreciate you stopping by!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Lord De Cross- and thank you for sharing. You don't ever have to worry about needed a mathematical equation to read any of my hubs. We will leave the heavy thinking to you. :) I haven't seen Ardie in some time. You should write a hub "Missing in Action, Have You Seen This Hubber." :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks John! It is always good to see you. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Glimmer Twin Fan. I am a craft nerd. I love flowers and the love the fact that they can be preserved and remembered. I appreciate your appreciation for pressed flowers. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Lee Tea. Always glad to help out by bring back the dead. LOL!

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I have done press flower cards while I was at school, never tried it on bottles. Sounds like a fun idea. Thanks for sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      tammy - I've always wanted to try to press flowers, but I'm afraid mine would end up like fpherj's brown flower stuck to something! Ha. I love the pressed flower and the glass. That is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tips. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading fpherj48. If you a very old flower that you would really like to use in a craft, you could spray paint if it turned brown (as long as it isn't crumbly). Otherwise, it may not work. LOL. Thanks for bringing your humor!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have always wanted to try making pressed flowers - they are so beautiful!

      Very cool hub Tammy! I would love to try it - I love any projects like this I can do with the girls:) excellent and everything else!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Another pressed hub with so much hands on glued on how-to. This is amazing and easy to follow. Burst of 30 seconds..and taking some time to vent the microwave? This is trigonometrically awesome. We don't need much of a quadratic equation to follow your directions sweet Tammy! Where the heck is ARDIE!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Tammy, you never cease to amaze me - another intelligent and well written hub.

      I love flowers and this is a great idea.

      Take care and thanks for your hub. Voted up

      John

      PS. Thanks lord for sharing.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi TToombs08. The crafts are very easy and oh so pretty. Hope you will give them a try!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Blown away again by another beautiful crafting hub. Love doing anything with flowers and best of all they are free from the garden. Beautiful hub.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I bet the dogwoods are gorgeous bridaletter. I love pansies too. They seem to get brighter in color when they are pressed. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Lee Tea 5 years ago from Erie, PA

      Fabulous! I pressed a bunch of flowers with my kids a couple years ago, and just had no good ideas for them after that. Between this hub and your pressed-flowers and resin jewelry hub, they shall get used!! Thanks for writing, and bringing new life to my dead flowers :) voted up and across the board.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tammy....aHEM! I don't suppose a fragile, brown and brittle 40 year old carnation stuck into the pages of an encyclopedia...counts as a "pressed flower" success??!! lmao Oh well.

      I give up. You are way too talented in arts & crafts for my blood. Thank heavens for people like you! Our homes would look pretty stupid decorated with paper airplanes and gum wrappers!!! UP+++

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Some great ideas, Tammy! I have always loved the look of pressed flowers. Didn't realize it was that easy. Great hub!

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I have always enjoyed pressing flowers. I pressed azaleas and dogwoods in the spring, they turn out very well. Pansies are the best. It is neat to see a new idea. Placing them on glass, I really like that idea.

      Your craft hubs are great!