Pressed flower art is a traditional craft with multiple crafting possibilities. Pressed flowers can be made into bookmarks, greeting cards, artwork and a wide variety of other objects. Simple flower presses or plans for constructing your own flower press are available at craft and hobby stores. Find flowers at your local grocery store or florist; or gather flowers cultivated from flowerbeds or picked wild from fields and other locations. Supplies necessary for creating pressed flower pictures are available at grocery and craft stores. With planning, you can create pressed flower artwork for gift-giving and personal usage.
Blot flowers on paper towels to dry. According to the Eye for Beauty website, pick flowers once the morning dew has dried to reduce the moisture on and in the flower.
Remove the layers of the flower press as dictated by your press design. Cut tissue paper to fit your press size.
Place the flowers on the tissue paper about ½-inch apart. Cover the flowers with another piece of tissue paper. Layer tissue paper and flowers according to the number of flowers you want to use in your artwork. According to the Eye for Beauty website, select flowers that are similar in thickness and size so the flowers will flatten and dry evenly.
Put the flower press back together and tighten the tightening apparatus as mandated by the flower press design. Most flower presses feature some sort of screwing mechanism that tightens the layers of paper and flowers. According to the article "Build a Flower Press" in the "Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine," leave the press in a dry, warm location for up to 2 weeks. Tighten the screw mechanism every 2 days to continue the pressing process.
Remove the layers of pressed, dried flowers from the flower press.
Use tweezers to remove the dried flowers from the tissue paper. According to "Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine," if a dried flower is stuck to the paper, dip a paintbrush into rubbing alcohol and lightly stroke the flower with the brush. This will allow the flowers to be peeled from the paper. Blot on paper towels.
Place the pressed, dried flower onto card stock. Arrange the flowers as desired. Trim any unwanted portions of the flowers with scissors.
Dip a cotton swab into white glue and apply the glue beneath the flower. Use a clean cotton swab to delicately press the dried flower into the glue. Allow the flowers and glue to dry.
Cut an 8 ½-inch wide by 11-inch long rectangle from clear adhesive paper. Remove the backing. Center the clear adhesive paper over the finished pressed flower art. Carefully press the adhesive paper over the dried flowers and card stock.
Place the finished pressed flower picture into the frame. Keep the finished product out of sunlight to preserve the vibrancy of the pressed flowers.
Use a phone book as an alternative to a flower press. Layer flowers in tissue paper, insert the tissue paper/flower/tissue paper layers between pages of the phone book. Place heavy weight on top of the book. This process takes longer due to the thickness of the phone book. The flowers should be pressed and dried in about 3 weeks.
Tips and warnings
- Use a phone book as an alternative to a flower press. Layer flowers in tissue paper, insert the tissue paper/flower/tissue paper layers between pages of the phone book. Place heavy weight on top of the book. This process takes longer due to the thickness of the phone book. The flowers should be pressed and dried in about 3 weeks.