I have always disliked when flowers wilt and have to be thrown away, especially the kind given for important events. So when my boyfriend and family gave me flowers for my most recent birthday I decided that I wanted to press them to preserve and display. I was surprised to find how many people didn’t know how to press flowers so I decided to share here on Productive and Pretty!
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Start off by choosing the flowers you wish to keep.
Don’t forget about the leaves either; I think these end up getting overlooked but can really add so much to the finished product. It is best to press them when they are still fresh. Find a thick book or textbook that you don’t mind if it gets a little dirty. Separate your flowers and place on blank pieces of paper or tissue paper and close the book.
Place other books or heavy objects on top because you want a lot of weight to keep out any moisture. Try not to peek for at least two weeks! When you are ready to remove the flowers, gently peel them off the pages or use a tweezer as to try and not damage them.
Now, it’s time to display. Find a frame or shadow box you’d like to use and carefully arrange the flowers and leaves. Here is what I chose:
But here are some good ones that you can get on Amazon:
Then you need to create your design. I’ve seen some beautiful creations, from shaping flowers into hearts and flags to the most intricate and well thought out designs. Depending on the depth of your case, you can also combined dried flowers with pressed flowers for a cool look.
Glue or pin down your creation and make sure it’s not too bulky or the glass casing won’t fit over it! Here was my finished result:
Thats it! We would love to see what you create so please link us in the comments below or tag us on Instagram @productiveandpretty.
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