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6 Important Tips to Live Happy 

June 27, 2016
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We all have goals and dreams, whether it ‘be reaching super stardom, or having the most luxurious house, a vacation home on a private island or a couple of the hottest cars in our garage. But once we get passed the materialistic things, what is it that actually makes us happy and gives substance to our lives?

How do we grow and become someone who is happy, humble yet living the life of their dreams without too much stress?

In the end, everyone’s goal is to be happy. That feeling of warmth and content can’t be gained through buying extremely expensive items, whether you realise it now or you’re still getting to that point.

But in order to achieve ultimate happiness, you need to know how. You need someone to tell you what it is that makes every single day happy. Because you don’t just find a happy life, you make it.

 

  1. Grateful

Being grateful is a great way to regain inspiration, will and motivation. Overall, showing gratitude for what you already have in life may result in you feeling more up for helping others and improving your own life quality as well. Take some time out of your day to think about what you are grateful for. Whether it’s the free time you had to unwind, or the lovely flower bouquet you got from your partners, be thankful.

  1. Accept Failure

Life is full of ups and downs, and this is not something to be taken lightly. It’s not just a flat line, where everything is rainbows and sunshine. And those moments when you’re feeling down and broken, are exactly the times when you should think the most positive. It’s when we’re broken that the light shines through, and we can learn and grow the most.

Accept failure as an inevitable part of life, and don’t resent yourself or others. Learn from your mistakes and you’ll be a happier person. This also means learning to let go.

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  1. Find Balance

Whether it’s your work and your personal life, your relationships with friends and family, you need to learn to balance. Balance is important, because too much of anything makes us feel worn out and unhappy. But, if you properly balance every single aspect of your life, you’ll feel more fulfilled, your life will be richer, and you’ll feel confident that you’re the one taking control and balancing your own happiness. And once you realise you’re the one in control, you’ll never feel helpless and lost again.

  1. Make Yourself a Top Priority

Some people might think this is selfish, but quite contrary. In order to be happy, you can’t just live your life thinking of others and how you can please then. While it’s necessary to be selfless, kind and loving, you can’t be content, if you’re not happy.

Always take some time out of your day to reflect on your feelings. Ask yourself, are you happy? And if so, be grateful. And if not, try to figure out what you are missing.

  1. Take a Time Out

Another very crucial thing for happiness is to take a time out from everything you have going on around you. We’re not talking about days of seclusion, but rather a few months or hours of solitude and peace. Go out for a walk in nature or spend a day outdoors, without your laptop, phone or planner. Simplify life.

 

We’re not suggesting to disband all things material, but you can, if that’s your cup of tea. We live in such a day and age where we’re surrounded by ’pretty things’ and that’s okay. Just don’t make them the basis for happiness, and look at the world with a positive mind. Once you change your mind set, you’ll change your life.

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5 Wedding Favours Under $10

June 18, 2016
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Let’s start this post off by stating that weddings don’t cost a lot. Weddings cost a FORTUNE. Of course, it all depends on what kind of a wedding you’re having, how much guests you’re going to invite, where the venue is and many other factors, but when it all comes together, it’s still quite a figure.

But if there’s one element in your wedding that you can’t avoid, those are wedding favours. They are small tokens of appreciation that also make a great memory for your guests. Luckily, there are ways to pinch a few pennies and still gift your guest’s something cute, fun or chic. We’ve searched the web high and low, and found the cutest 5 wedding favours under $10.

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  1. Yummy Macaroons

Sweets are always a good gift no matter what the occasion is, and this is literally the sweetest gift you can give to your guests as wedding favours. Macaroons are affordable, and even without a fancy packaging they look amazingly cute.

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  1. Matchy Salt Pepper Shakers

This is both an eye-catching and useful gift. Salt and pepper shakers don’t really sound like a big deal, but if they are matching and have a cute and romantic look to them, it’s a great wedding favour.

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  1. Heart Tea Infusers

Being quite inexpensive and cute, they make a great wedding favour especially if you’re having a garden wedding, where everything is decorated to appear rustic or vintage. Tea lovers will definitely find these little gems to be their cup of tea.

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  1. Etched Mason Jars

Mason jars are an absolute hit, and they can be used for just about anything. Grab an etching kit, mason jars and a couple of your besties, and you can make personalised mason jars for all of your guests. Cute as decor, practical for drinks and awesome as a memory.

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  1. Candles

There are so many ways to package candles and make them a cute, yet inexpensive wedding favour. Make sure to choose a scent that means something to you, or maybe represents the scent of the season your wedding took place in so that the gifts still has a meaning behind it.

 

The essence of wedding favours is to show appreciation for your guests and thank them for making this occasion special by honouring you with their presence. That’s why wedding favours don’t have to be expensive at all because it’s not about the material worth, but rather sentimental worth.

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A Better Florist Introduces the First of Its Kind Messenger Bot in Asia

June 8, 2016
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After a gruelling half year of working on the prototype of our in-house messenger bot, we are proud to unveil our latest innovation called “Betabot” which combines both the efficacy of the modern chat messenger and a live agent. We are expected to be the first online florist in Asia to use the messenger bot to facilitate the ordering experience, and its offerings span from the likes of sending normal or customized orders to the times of welcoming feedback. The in-house technology development is in the testing phase ‚and have gone through many rounds of User Acceptance Tests (“UATs”) internally. A perfect marriage of a call centre agent and a Whatsapp chat message, that is exactly what Betabot is bringing to the table.

 

Constantly improving our technology

Although much is to be done in terms of improving the automation of responses and coordinating of the alternative live agent to respond to customer inquiries, we are proud to set the standards for the online florist scene in Asia.

 

Changing perceptions of artificial intelligence

While many perceive that the lack of human intelligence may be a cause of concern, our founder, and CEO, Steve Feiner, remains undefeated and exudes positive vibes during his chat with the editorial team. While artificial intelligence has its limitations, it’s something that scientists and researchers are constantly improving on. A Better Florist strives to use this to our advantage and work on improving existing systems and technology.

 

Gibson Tang, the Chief Technical Officer of A Better Florist team said , “ One staff had suggested on a credit card payment initiative. Sounds like a great idea initially, but ultimately not a feasible or practical solution as there are security issues and data protection rights of our customers that we have to consider. We had to halt the plans and expand on other more feasible features to include in Betabot.”

 

Words from our CEO

Steve said, “We love our customers and making them satisfied and happy is our utmost priority. Having Betabot on our website will be the mark of something extraordinary. We are not talking merely about improved communication, but rather we are changing the industry’s ballgame altogether. We seek to change the way consumers approach online flower delivery businesses and seek to provide even better customer service than what the brick and mortar shops can offer.”

 

While we are expecting many teething problems and hiccups upon the launch of the Betabot, we are certainly excited at the prospect of potentially positive benefits that this bot will bring upon its launch. Betabot is slated to be ready for its debut towards the end of 2016 but the exact date of launch is yet to be finalised as of publishing time. While the launching of Betabot is no longer a surprise now, all eyes will be fixed on us as the pioneer in the flower delivery industry in Asia to embark on this amazing technology.

 

 

 

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5 Simple Ways to Re-Use Your Flowers

June 8, 2016
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Whether you’re trying to reuse or repurpose your wedding flowers, Valentine’s day or Mother’s Day flowers, there are so many cute and creative ways to turn that withering bouquet of blooms into something that  will keep boosting your mood over and over again. Stay tuned for 5 ways that will teach you to repurpose your favorite blooms in a blink of an eye.

 

  1. Framed Blooms

If you belong to the overly sentimental can’t-throw-away-anything crew, then framing and hanging flowers is a gorgeous and personal way to decorate your room. Here are three reasons why you should do this. It’s easy and quick to do, it looks gorgeous and it’s a constant reminder of the memory that stands behind the flower bouquet.

  1. Homemade Potpourri

Once your flowers become dry, they can make for amazing aromatherapy. You don’t have to buy potpourri because it’s fairly easy to make. It can be stored in baskets, little glass jars, or pretty much anywhere in the house. Serves a purpose just like any store-bought potpourri would, only this one carries more sentiment.

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  1. Flowers in the Bottle

Although the old message in the bottle is the ultimate, most romantic idea that has existed on this planet, flowers in a bottle, is in its own way a very cute and lovely way of displaying and repurposing flowers that you don’t know what to do with anymore. Encase dried flowers in a tall, glass vase or bottle and let them sit gorgeously on your counter top or coffee table.

  1. Natural Cleanser

Homemade soaps make great gifts, and they are super good for your skin. Add some dried flowers to it, from your wilting Valentine’s Day bouquet, and not only will you get to keep the memory a bit longer, you’ll do wonders for your skin.

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  1. Flowery Phone Case

Who needs fancy phone cases, when you can make your own? This way, your favorite blooms will always stay close to you, and this flower phone case is so easy to make , you can make one for each bouquet you don’t want to throw away.

 

Although flowers have a fleeting lifetime, there’s no reason to throw them into the dustbin and admire them only in your memory. With these easy DIY ideas, you’re going to reuse flowers and make them useful, while still keeping the special connection to the memory right in front of your eyes.

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10 Tips to Stay Cool This Summer

May 13, 2016
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Summer is almost here and with it comes to the grueling heat and tiring dehydration. But, we would be lying if we didn’t say that we love summer, in fact, we’re summer junkies. We love the gorgeous glowing tans, the tasty and refreshing cocktails, the gorgeous and enchanting roses and the smell of the beach. The summer really does bring out the best in people. Everyone seems so positive and full of energy. But, with all the summer fun and activities, it’s absolutely necessary to take of your body and find ways to stay cool during the hot summer days.

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  1. Icy Treats

Yes, we do mean the dangerously over-tasty ice-cream. Not only is it a delicious treat, it helps you stay cool during the hottest days of summer. If you’re really paying attention to calories, there are healthy alternatives for ice-cream that will do the same trick!

  1. Hair Tricks

During the summer, your hair can feel like a faux fur vest. It’s good for the winter, but when you’re boiling hot, it just won’t do. Here you have two options, either go for a sassy short bob or tie your hair in top knots, ponytails, and sexy messy buns. The point being, get your hair out of the way!

  1. Dress Brighter and Lighter

Make sure to avoid dark colors and thick materials. Go for clothing that’s made of natural materials and is brighter colors, in order to absorb less heat. Also, make sure that the clothing you’re wearing isn’t too tight, but more on the loose side, so that your skin can catch an occasional breeze and cool itself down.

  1. Water is Your BFF

During the summer days, you should avoid caffeine, and drink plenty of water. To be more precise, hydrate yourself every 15 minutes. In the high heat, the body tends to dehydrate very fast, that’s why it’s important to hydrate more often.

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  1. Stay Covered

We can’t stay hidden inside the house forever, snuggling next to the AC in order to avoid the heat. But, when you do have to go out and let’s say buy a birthday gift for your best friend, stay covered. Hats, snapbacks, umbrellas, and trees you name it. Did you know that the cooling effect of one tree is equivalent to ten standard-sized air conditioners?

  1. Spray Bottle on the Go

Take a simple spray bottle and fill it up with water, then place it in the freezer to cool for a bit. Just grab it and put it in your purse whenever you go out. It’s so refreshing to spray yourself with cold water unless you’re wearing full-face makeup. Then it’s just not fun.

  1. Eliminate Strenuous Activities

Certain activities are just impossible to do in the summer. We’re not suggesting to stop going to the gym or play sports but go easy on yourself. Your body has a hard time dealing with the heat, so slow down.

  1. Turn Off Appliances

Whenever you’re not using your appliances, turn them off. They produce so much heat and make your entire house warmer than it should actually be.

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  1. Eat Right

If you’re a major soup lover we’re so sad to say this, but a hot meal isn’t the best solution for the warmest summer days. Opt for lighter foods that are easier on the stomach and can’t be eaten or prepared without heat, such as salads and everything that comes in a fruit basket.

  1. Cool Yourself Tactically

So, this is a trick that you can do whether you have makeup on or not. If you’re in public, but you desperately need to cool down, go to the bathroom and cool your neck, wrists on your hands with cool water. Keep it under it for as much as you can. These are tactical areas that can make your entire body feel cooler.

 

How do you keep your cool during the summer? Share your tricks with us, because sharing is caring!

Flower Guide

Making Floral Ice Cubes

May 7, 2016
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Have you been searching around the web for interesting yet gorgeous ways to savour the beauty of flowers? Floral ice cubes are a perfect way to brighten up your next afternoon drink. It’s great for parties, and it’s affordable and simple to make. Master this simple technique and the next time you take a sip of water can be an experience to remember. Imagine drinking your favorite drink with red roses in ice cubes? Now, that’s fabulous!

Follow these steps to create the perfect flower ice cube.

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You will need:

  • Distilled water

Why distilled water you may ask? If you want your ice cubes to look clear, make sure the water is not blurry. We recommend using distilled water that has been boiled and cooled because it contains fewer impurities that would make the water hazy.

  • Ice cube trays

Any ice cube tray of your choice will do. They can be plastic or rubber ones, and you’re certainly welcome to play around with shapes!

  • Edible flowers

Make sure to use flowers which are edible like an orchid or snapdragons. All flowers that weren’t grown to be eaten and treated with chemicals are not a good option.

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Two-step process:

  1. Take an ice cube tray (plastic or rubber one), preferably larger one and fill the quarter of it with distilled water. If you choose smaller trays, your floral ice cubes will melt faster, and your beautiful homemade decoration will be gone in a blink of an eye.
  2. Place your flowers facing downwards, and freeze them. Here, you have the option to play around with the quantity of flowers. You can insert only one, or several of them if they are small and won’t take up the entire cube.
  3. Afterwards, add more water so your trays are half way full and freeze again. Repeat the last step one more time, meaning, fill all the way to the top and freeze again.

 

They are too gorgeous to eat, but…they are too tempting to pass on. It’s also a great way to brighten up your day and add a special touch to your next cocktail party. And all it really takes is water and cheap flowers.

How about you? Do you know any other fun ways to incorporate flowers into your meals and drinks? Do share, we’d love to hear your ideas!

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10 Ways to Style Flowers for Mother’s Day

April 29, 2016
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Flowers. Every woman adores them because they are quite the little beauties. They can make every event special, especially if you’re looking to surprise someone. For example, roses are a great way to make someone feel loved or show your passion towards them. On Mother’s Day, what you’re really looking for is your mom’s favorite flowers, styled in an original and beautiful way, and it will deliver the right sentiment without any doubt.

But if you’re really out of ideas and aren’t really the creative type, here are 10 different ways to style flowers for Mother’s Day that will make you look like a pro.

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Focus on One Bloom

A gorgeous bouquet of flowers doesn’t have to be a mixture of various blooms in fact. Go mono botanic and pick up just on the type of flower that you love the most and pick up several bundles of it. Then you can make the bouquet or arrangement to be impressive and gorgeous by spreading the flowers around.

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Seasonal Styling

Since Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days or even months throughout the entire world, you can style your flowers by choosing the flowers of the season and paying attention that the colors represent the colors of the specific season.

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Containers

In the last year, flowers in Singapore which are in glass containers were huge hit, however, we’re suggesting to put your flowers in a non-transparent container. That way, your mom won’t have to stress about the murky water that can bee is seen through a glass container, plus, the detailing on the container can add a special touch to flowers.

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The Same Cut

If you want a more clean look, take a vase or a container and measure one stem of the flower so that it just peeks out of the container. Then take the rest of the flowers and cut them so that they are all perfectly aligned in the container. Sometimes, perfection is simple.

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Rustic Look

If you’re going for a more fresh-of-the-market look, you don’t necessarily have to run to the open market and buy fresh flowers. Get three kinds of blooms, and some greenery and wrap it all up in a paper. It’s going to look spontaneous, natural yet put together at the same time.

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Focus on the Color

Make your bouquet vibrant and joyful by choosing different blooms of bright and strong colors that will get a double-take everywhere you pass.

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Elegant Whiteness

Is your mom a classy gal? Stick with white flowers with greenery or vines, and keep the arrangement simple by tying a simple white or golden bow around it.

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Think Small Yet Vibrant

Bigger doesn’t always mean prettier. Why not choose a smaller bouquet packed with gorgeous pink and purple blooms that keep the entire arrangement fun and vivid.

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Unique Vessel

It’s not all about glass containers. If you’re struggling to give your bouquet that extra pop, pick a vessel that has a unique shape, and that doesn’t necessarily look like a vase.

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Go Bold with Branches

If you’re more into gifting a grandiose bouquet, than try and make your simple arrangement stand out in size by adding a couple of cleaned up, long branches.

 

Always think in terms of combining colors, varieties, shapes and designs. It’s not all about getting the most expensive bloom. There’s something in putting a little bit of your own thought and imagination into creating the perfect Mother’s Day bouquet that’s going to have your name written all over it.

 

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5 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

April 22, 2016
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Special occasions such as Mother’s Day, require a special gift. It’s the thought that counts, and not the money you spend. It’s a chance to thank your mother for all the love and support she’s shown you over the years. If you’re looking for unique ideas to make this Mother’s Day one to remember, take a look at these quick and inexpensive gifts.

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  1. For Sporty Moms

This is perfect for all the moms who actively exercise. Getting her some new gear is never a bad idea, so she can stay fashionable while she works out. Get her this fun and a motivational tank top, that will make her smile every time she goes for a workout.

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  1. For Fashionista Moms

If your mom has a knack for fashion, and never misses a sale, get her a fashion item she has been wanting recently. It doesn’t have to be expensive, on the contrary, it can be cheap, as long as it’s something that fits her taste.

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  1. For Coffee Lovers

Every mom is a coffee lover. It’s become a habit of hers ever since you were a baby and she had to drink caffeine to stay awake. This is the perfect time to get her a customized coffee mug. Choose a quote that best represents your mom, or it can even be a funny saying she has been repeating all her life. In essence, it should be something that will make her smile every morning when she grabs for her favorite coffee mug.

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  1. For Foodie Moms

Why not give your mom a new addition to her collection of spices? If your mom spends all her time in the kitchen cooking up delicious meals, she’ll appreciate something that’s going to take her dishes to the next level.

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  1. For Bookworm Moms

Your mom spends a lot of time reading, but she’s always starting  a new book and she never knows where she left off? Get her a customized bookmark, so she never misses a chapter anymore.

 

Before you decide on the ideal gift, ask yourself the following:

What does my mother like?

What is she really passionate about?

Is there something she has been craving or needing?

While your mother is probably going to appreciate just about any gift she gets from you, invest some time in gifting her something that’s going to showcase your love and appreciation for her.

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How to Personalise Your Wedding

April 15, 2016
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That special day is coming up and you’re still scrolling through Pinterest trying to find the right theme for your wedding? It’s time to stop scrolling and take a deep breath. First of all, your wedding is your special day and you should tailor it to your desires. So, how do you incorporate your love story and personality into the wedding? Here are a few ideas that might point you in the right direction.

Story-Time Aisle Runner

The moment you walk down the isle can be personalised as well! Think of incorporating your love story in the aisle runner, or make it stand out by using different materials and decoration pieces to change a boring, old carpet into a fascinating runner that will reflect both of your personalities.

 

Wedding Favors

If you’re determined the create wedding favors for all your guests, try to invest some time and creativity into each one. It can be a mixture of both what you like, and what the guests will want to cherish as a sweet memory. For example, you’re a Lakers fan. Why not include something with their logo on it?

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Fun Performance

Usually, weddings host a romantic band that plays all your favourite songs, but if you really want to customize your entire ceremony and venue have someone near and dear to you recite a funny poem dedicated to you or a dance performance if one of your friends or family members is a dancer.

Personalised Slideshow

Certain couples include photos of their entire family and display it so everyone can see. Now, if you really want to be creative, why not grab photos of your entire wedding party, and make them as funny and weird as they can be. This way, you’ll incorporate a little bit of fun and comedy into your wedding. And if you really have a knack for humour, why not?

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Food Fun

If you are able to hire a chef that can transform an ordinary food plate into a creative and magical reflection of your personality or hobbies, then go ahead and do it. You’d be amazed how an ordinary dish presented with a little bit of creativity can influence the entire atmosphere during dinner.

 

Weddings are, after all, a reflection of your life and love, and why not step outside the box and truly make it your own. Don’t be afraid of what people are going to think, the only thing that matters is that you make it your own and everyone else is going to appreciate it.

 

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Perfectly Pressed Flowers

April 8, 2016
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We spend our whole lives trying to preserve beauty, grabbing and reaching for every possible solution to keep our beauty forever. Although this task is quite frustrating for us, when it comes to flowers, preserving their beauty couldn’t be easier.

People press flowers for various reasons. Whether it’s for pure sentimental value, and they want to hold on to a memory, or to enrich their collections of beautiful blooms. If you want to learn how to perfectly press flowers, go through these super-simple steps, to preserve every single detail as best as possible.

  • Right Picking Time

Before storing your pressed flowers away to dry, make sure that you chose the right flower at the right time. It’s best to press fresh flowers, picked in the morning, after the dew has evaporated. If you’re framing or storing the flowers into your collection, you should make them harvest them right before their peak. The way they look at the moment of harvesting is the way they are going to look pressed, so make sure they are looking their best.

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  • Drying Materials

In order to dry flowers before they start browning, use blotting paper, coffee filters, newspapers or plain, untreated tissues to absorb the moisture and speed up the drying process. This will help preserve the beautiful and vibrant color of just about any flower.

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  • Methods of Pressing

And finally, you need to learn the techniques of pressing. The three most popular ways are pressing with a book, microwave, and a flat iron.

  • The Book

Put the flower between two layers of absorbent paper, and place a heavy book on top. Or, you can press the flowers within the book itself, which is the most common pressing method.

  • The Iron

Once again, put the flowers between two pieces of absorbing paper. Set the iron on low heat, and make sure not to add water to it. The steam will add moisture to the flower, and you don’t want that. If you can, before ironing place a heavy book to additionally help with flattening. Place the iron onto the absorbent paper and hold it there for 10 seconds. There’s no need to move the iron around. Afterwards, wait for the paper to dry and remove it to see whether the flower is pressed and dry.

  • The Microwave

This unusual method involved either using books (without metal binders) or ceramic tiles to press the flower together. Place your desired flower between absorbent sheets and in a book or between two ceramic tiles, which you are going to tie together with rubber bands. Heat it up in the microwave for up to 60 seconds at a time. The results are amazing!

 

Once you go through these steps, you’ll have perfectly pressed flowers and a moment caught in time that is forever yours to keep! Do you have a special technique for pressed flowers? Share with us, we’d love to hear!