Pressed flowers are flowers from which moisture has been removed, but the delicate shape of the bloom has been preserved. Pressed flowers are often used in artwork, scrapbooks and memory boxes. If you have a microwave, you can press your own fresh flowers at home.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Heavy cardboard
- Paper towels
- White paper
- Rubber band
Examine your flower to be sure that it is dry. Flowers that are wet do not press well. If your flower is too moist, allow it to air dry until the plant does not feel wet to the touch.
Cut two pieces of heavy cardboard that will fit in your microwave and is slightly larger than the flower you are drying. Corrugated cardboard works better than smooth sheets. Each cardboard sheet is half of your microwave press.
Lay 1-2 sheets of paper towel on top of each side of your homemade cardboard press.
Place a piece of plain white paper on top of the paper towel on each side of your press.
Put the flower on top of the white paper on one side of the press. Lay the other half of the press on top of the flower, so that the bloom is between the white paper. Secure the press with a rubber band.
Set your microwave to 50 per cent power. Put the flower press in the centre of the microwave and turn it on for about 30 seconds. Check the flower to see how dry it is, and let it cool for a few seconds to avoid burning. Keep running the microwave at 30 to 60 second increments until the flower appears to be dried.
Take the flower out of the cardboard press, leaving it in the white paper wrapper. Place the wrapped flower inside of a heavy book, such as dictionary. This will finish the pressing process. Depending on the size of the flower, the book pressing may take as little as an hour to as long as 2 to 3 days.