How to Make Pressed Flowers

The Victorians cataloged their botanical (and romantic) obsessions by pressing flowers; Remodelista‘s friend, editor Rebecca Willis, continues the tradition for similar reasons: creating memories from cataloged flowers, while inadvertently creating art.

Here are a few tips on how to make your own transcendent pressed flowers; for the complete story, visit Remodelista.

Above: Every summer, Willis and her son collect flowers from their garden to preserve in the flower press. They take six to eight weeks to dry out before they can be arranged into frames.

Above: Flower presses come in a variety of sizes; a Six-Inch Square size is $16.98 at Amazon.

Above: Place a sheet of cardboard down first; press the flowers between layers of blotting paper or newspaper. After the last layer, put down another sheet of cardboard before closing the press.

Above: One final tightening of the screws before leaving the press for six to eight weeks.

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Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.2 years ago

Love doing pressed flowers but have you thought of incorporating watercolours as well. You will get yourself so absorbed in doing it and putting it together that you will come out by the end relaxed and chilled.

Rose Becke2 years ago

these are stunning

Susan Allen
SusanAWAY Allen2 years ago

Thanks; shared.

Syera N.
Syera N.3 years ago

I prefer using my old book :p

Dale Overall

Delightful but never bother spending the fourteen dollars, just use a heavy book to press these inside, always come out wonderful!

Love pressed flowers, splendid to introduce others to this lovely keepsake!

Angel Campbell
Angel Campbell3 years ago

I used to do this when I was a child, I had my very own flower presser and everything, otherwise I would use books. This is great :)

Christine L M.
Lynn Christy3 years ago

Thanks, great article... =)

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Carole R.
Carole R.3 years ago

Thanks for the information. They are so pretty.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

I did this as a gift a few years ago for a friends Birthday present but used different herbs , such as rosemary etc... I made three different ones bought beautiful frames and had them bordered. They turned out gorgeous and she still has them in her kitchen and they still look brand new!