Updated: Mar 21, 2020
Pressed flowers add a beautiful touch to any project. Whether you are looking to create unique art for your home, greeting cards for a friend or want your scrapbook to include nature, follow these tips to enjoy beautifully pressed flowers to include in your next craft.
1. Use fresh flowers You may feel a little guilty picking beautiful flowers or pressing flowers from an arrangement that looks intact, but take comfort in the fact that your flowers will press so much better if they are pressed while they are still fresh. Once flowers start to wilt, they will dry up or grow mold. Dried flowers run the risk of breaking when you add weight on top and if your flowers have mold, it can spread and could potentially ruin your entire page of flowers.
2. Pick small flowers with flat blooms Flowers with naturally flat shapes will be the easiest to work with. If you’ve ever been to one of our workshops you already know that our favorite flower to recommend to beginners is the hydrangea.
Not only are hydrangeas naturally flat, they are also available year round and they retain their color fairly well when compared to other flowers. If you’re new to pressing, here’s what we recommend you start with:
Flowers: small daisies, hydrangeas, astrantia, baby’s breath, pansies
Greenery: eucalyptus and dusty millers
3. Take your flowers apart If you are working with a flower that is thick or has many petals, don’t be afraid to take it apart. You can always put it back together when it’s dry. This is essentially because thick flowers contain a lot of moisture, therefore, the chances of mold occurring are a lot higher when you press a thick flower altogether.
4. Use a moisture absorber with a smooth surface There are a variety of substances you can use to absorb moisture. Some people use blotting paper, cardboard, copy paper or paper towels. Whatever you decide to use, make sure that it has a smooth surface. If you decide to press with paper towels, opt for the ones that are smooth and don’t have any bumpy patterns, otherwise your flowers will have patterns imprinted on they are all dry.
5. No Peeking!
Now is the time to forget all about your flowers (for 6-8 weeks.) If you are pressing a flower that retains a lot of moisture, it’s okay to check on it to make sure it doesn’t need new paper towels. Otherwise, leave your flowers alone; you’ll find that many people say to wait about 10 days, we recommend waiting 6-8 weeks to ensure that your flowers are completely free of moisture before using them in your projects. It is possible that your flowers will be ready before then, especially if you pressed thin flowers, but we would rather be safe than sorry.
Another important thing to remember is that pressing flowers takes practice and most importantly, PATIENCE! You are dealing with nature and nature isn’t always predictable. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flowers and different methods. At dbandrea, we use up to seven different pressing methods, depending on each blossom. Remember it takes time to learn what works and what doesn’t. If your flowers don’t look their best the first time, try again!
We hope these tips are helpful! As with anything else, there’s always a learning curve. Experiment, fail and try again. The more you try, the better you will get at it.
What has worked for you? Share your flower pressing experiences with a comment below!
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