It’s best that you pick them early in the morning. This is when flowers, in general, are at its freshest with the dew just recently evaporating off them.
If you are not ready to work on them because you still need to go to work, then you just put the freshly picked flowers in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator.
Storing them in a cold place will pause the process of wilting. When you are ready, it’s time for step number two:
2. Hydrate the flowers
The flowers should be dry before you press them. And in order to air-dry them, they have to be hydrated.
You need to cut the stem of the flower at an angle for maximum absorption of water. You will then put the flower on a vase with water and a teaspoon of sugar.
The sweetener will allow the flower to be supple while also making it last longer.
Leave the flower in the vase for a few hours.
Remove the leaves on the stem that could be reached by the water in the vase.
3. Drying the flowers
Dry the flowers on a piece of paper. It should be noted that it would be easier to press flowers that are thin.
For thick flowers, cut them in half. Put the flat part on the paper for drying.
By the way
You can use other materials for drying aside from paper:
Non-treated facial tissue
There are many ways to press flowers, but I will discuss three of the simplest ones. These ways don’t take a lot of your time and they use things that you can just find at home.
This is the simplest and most popular way to press flowers.
Find the heaviest book that you have. Make sure it is hardbound.
Here’s the thing though
The pages of the book will be damaged by some of the moisture left on the flower.
So make sure you won’t be too pained when the book is damaged.
The flowers shouldn’t actually be directly in between the pages of the books. You have to put a flower in between two pieces of paper and insert the flower sandwich in the book.
You can press multiple flowers in one book. However, for best results, you should do one flower per book.
It doesn’t end there
To really press down the flowers, stack some books over the book with the flowers.
Better yet, put something heavy on it like a brick or block.
Change the sheets of paper that sandwich the flower every few days.
The flower will be completely dry and pressed in three weeks.
You surely have a microwave at home, right? Then this is something that you can easily do.
However, you would need some other materials to complete the task:
2 pieces of paper
2 pieces of cardboard
2 ceramic tiles
2 Rubber bands
Here are the steps:
Put the flower in between the papers and then layer them with cardboard and ceramic tiles, in that order.
Tie the set with rubber bands at both ends.
Time to put it in
Make sure the microwave is on low setting. Put your press in the microwave and let it do its thing for 30 to 60 seconds.
Let it cool down.
Once cooled, you may repeat the process a couple more times.
Just like the book press
Put heavy materials to completely press the flower. Allow the weight to press the flower down for at least two days.
Here’s another household item that most people have: electric iron.
This is the quickest way to press flowers. You don’t need days to completely finish the task.
Yep! That simple
Again, sandwich the flowers between absorbent papers. Flatten the sandwich with a heavy book.
Put the iron in a low setting.
Strike while the iron is hot!
Not too hot, though. But once it is warm, press the iron on the flower sandwich.
Leave it on there for 10 to 15 seconds.
Don’t use the iron as if you are ironing clothes. Just let it press down on the paper.
You may repeat the process a few times, but make sure you let it cool down between iron presses.
You can now remove the paper and have your freshly pressed flower or flowers!
It’s the fastest method of all!
There you have it!
These are three very simple ways to press flowers. They are very easy to do yet there are so many ways you can enjoy pressed flowers.
What are you waiting for? Start picking out flowers for pressing!
Pressing flowers is really easy. But what’s really great about it is that there are many ways to use it. You may frame the pressed flowers to decorate your house or to give as gifts. You can also embellish plain stuff with pressed flowers to make them more beautiful. It’s a way to preserve the flowers and the memories that come with it.
How to press flowers? There are many ways to do this actually. But the simplest ones are those that make use of things that you most likely already have in the house. The classic way is using books. However, you have to wait weeks until the flowers are completely dry.
You may also use the microwave and have the flowers completely pressed and dry within a few days. Using an electric iron is the quickest as it can complete the process within a day. The actual drying process actually only takes a few minutes.