How to Make Beautiful, Pressed Flowers

There is an undeniable old-fashioned air to pressed flowers. Here’s how to make your own.

Photographs by Erin Boyle.

Above: The same delicacy that makes violas and violets tricky as cut flowers makes them a perfect option for pressing.

Above: When selecting the flowers that you’d like to dry, choose blossoms that are clean and fresh. Resist the temptation to use flowers that are already past their prime because wilted petals will be difficult to flatten neatly.

Above: A flower press is a lovely thing to have—and not so very hard to make on your own—but using an old book to press flowers is just as easy and only takes up as much room as the book you use. Use two sheets of parchment or waxed paper to sandwich your flowers between the book’s pages.

Above: Erin recommends placing the flowers toward the bottom of the book so there would be plenty of weight above them after it is closed.

Above: For thin flowers like violas or pansies, a week or ten days is all you really need to get a nice press. Some people recommend switching out the parchment paper during that time, but it’s not necessary. Keep in mind that flowers will darken as they dry; they will also become brittle. Use extra care when moving them off the parchment paper where they’re been drying.

Above: After your flowers are dried, you can glue them to thank you notes or place cards as an impressive embellishment.

For more about violas, see Plant of the Week: Violas, A Love Story.


Robert G.
Past Member 2 years ago

Such an informative blog I also love the flowers really!
flowers Rockingham

Robert G.
Past Member 2 years ago

Such an informative blog I also love the flowers really!
flowers Rockingham

V Madonna Schizoid
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you ^www^ I love flowers!

Kate S.
Kate S.3 years ago


Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M.3 years ago

Love it, thanks

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga3 years ago


Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp3 years ago

I used to do this all the time, using newspaper and telephone directories! I'd start the flowers under a few pages, then move them down after a few days until they were ready to use. I'd make cards, but also, using melted candle wax, attach them the white candles, wrap them in clear cellophane and add matching curling ribbon. (Best not to burn the candles right down to the flowers, though!). I'd also buy cheap tumblers, and, using pva glue, attach pressed leaves, and add another coating of glue on top. They made lovely tea-light holders. When lit, the light shone through the green leaves.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Marija M.
Marija Mohoric3 years ago

we used this way of drying flowers in our school,
tks for sharing

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder3 years ago