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How to press flowers
Pressing flowers from your garden, or ones from a flower arrangement, is a beautiful way to preserve memories of the year, of a wonderful holiday or a special occasion.
There are many ways to press them – you can buy wooden presses with either nuts and bolts fittings or straps, you can make your own, you can use big heavy books, or you can even use sheets of newspaper under a rug.
To speed up the process, you can gently press them with a hot iron (put the flower between sheets of greaseproof paper) before putting in the press.
The only rules to follow are to use clean sheets of slightly absorbent paper in contact with the flowers (to avoid damaging either book or flower) and to put the front of the flower face down.
To get the best out of your pressed flowers, follow these tips:
- Pick only the best flowers – a half dead flower will look even more dead when pressed.
- Pick them in the morning or evening when they will be sturdiest.
- Think about what the flower will look like when flattened – thin out any flowers that will bunch up together so that you get a nice shape.
- Leave them alone for at least a month – pressed flowers are very fragile so can easily be damaged if you are prodding them about.