There is a growing trend reuse wedding flowers as home decorations by pressing them!
What are pressed flowers?
Pressed flowers are fresh flowers that have been placed under pressure between paper to become flat and dried while still retaining most of their original colour.
What sort of flowers can I press?
The easiest types to press are those flowers that have naturally flat faces! 🙂
Flowers with thinner petals work well.
Some examples include violets, daisies, single-petal roses and including greenery like ferns, leaves, ivy, and eucalyptus.
How long after the flowers are picked can they be pressed?
Freshness is the key. Choose flowers that are either still in bud form, or that are freshly bloomed. If you’re picking them from a garden, do so in the morning right after the dew has evaporated (ideally on a sunny day!)
How do you press the flowers?
- Card decorating
- Displaying them in frames with either a white background or in between two pieces of clear glass.
- To use in a scrapbook or gardening journal
- Take your flowers with you and display them under a clear cellphone case
What you will need:
- Heavy weight (or other books)
- Phone book, encyclopaedia or any other big book
- Parchment paper
- Optional: If you’ve managed to source a phone book, putting some duc tape/masking on the spine is a great way to mark, date and label the flowers you’ve used and where they are in the book.
- Remove any unwanted leaves and lay flat on parchment paper.
- Open the book and place absorbent paper on the book’s pages.
- Position the blooms face down on parchment paper. Carefully close the book, making sure not to move the flowers.
- Place more books or other weighty objects on top of the book.
- Let the flowers sit for 3-4 weeks. After 2 weeks, check on the flowers -If they don’t have a papery feel, change out the parchment paper and let them sit for longer.
Pressed flowers are very delicate so you may want to use tweezers to handle them.