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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!