Lately I’ve been pressing a bunch of flowers and using them for different things, so I thought I’d do a post about it and hopefully inspire you guys to preserve some beauty on your own. Also I wanted an excuse to take pictures of the very aesthetic results. 😛
Today I’ll go through some simple tips for pressing flowers, as well as a few beautiful ways to use them and some mini DIY tutorials. Let’s get started!
To start with, select your flowers. I chose buttercups since there are millions around here and I love how bright they are, but you can try all sorts of flowers. Keep in mind that bulky blossoms or flowers with very succulent or juicy petals won’t yield the best results.
You can press flowers with or without the stems on. As long as the stems aren’t too chunky, I’d recommend leaving them on since you can easily snip them off after pressing if desired.
You can buy official flower presses (or make your own with a few pieces of cardboard), or simply use a couple of heavy books! I’ve found that flowers flatten best if you lay them on the page face downward and stems up. You can also try a few on their side, but just be aware that the resulting 2-D shape might not look much like the original flower.
Positioning is especially important for complex flowers like these pansies. See how the ruffled petals won’t lay flat except when I put the flower face down (on the left)? It will be harder to close the book on the pansies on the right without smushing them out of shape.
Depending on the flower, it could leave a slight print or smudge of pollen on the page. I used a drawing prompt book with blank pages so I wouldn’t mess up an actual book. If you do use a regular book, I recommend adding two sheets of scrap paper to protect the pages.
Sometimes the blooms will stick to the page and you have to be careful not to tear them off. If you have problems with this, try pressing them between two sheets of parchment paper.
If you don’t care about the possibility of staining the pages, it’s really fun to press a flower or two in random books. You almost inevitably forget about it until you read the book again, and out falls a pretty surprise!
I plan to keep pressing flowers throughout the coming months, so I made a pretty container to hold the current blossoms. I used an empty chocolate box, brown paper, scissors, Mod Podge, and pressed buttercups. You can use tape instead of glue for wrapping the box if you wish. I also ended up writing on the lid with a Sharpie and white gel pen (not pictured.)
I first cut out a square of paper large enough to wrap the lid with and crumpled it to give it texture. I brushed each side of the box with a thin, even coat of Mod Podge and covered it all with brown paper.
After wrapping, I brushed the whole thing with another coat of Mod Podge to stick down any loose edges and make the paper a bit more stiff and protected. You could use it like this if your box doesn’t have a lid.
For the top of the box, I did the same thing, except before the second coat of Mod Podge, I labeled the lid with simple lettering and glued a scattering of dried buttercups on the top and sides. That’s it! I think it turned out pretty cute, and it will be nice to have a safe place to keep the flowers I haven’t used yet.
Bookmarks are one of my favorite things to make with dried flowers. I made three – two for pen pals and one to keep.
I recommend using thick paper (I used watercolor paper) because flimsy bookmarks don’t last long for me. To finish them off, I sealed each one with clear packing tape.
I love how they turned out, don’t you? Which one is your favorite?
You’ve already seen my third idea for using dried flowers – aesthetic photography! 😀 It’s really fun to play around with the placement and color of the flowers. Add a pretty, faded filter for a Instagram-ready look.
Lastly, here’s a little more inspiration for ways to use pressed flowers.
- Arrange them between two sheets of glass and frame the result.
- Use as “confetti” in pen pal letters or invitations
- Mod Podge a single flower onto a torn piece of brown paper for an interesting element to add to your bulletin board.
- Attach pressed flowers with stems to your wall with washi tape for one-of-a-kind wallpaper.
There you have it! I hope this post inspired you to press your own flowers and gave you some ideas for what to do with them. 🙂 If so, feel free to pin this post or share it with others!
What was your favorite idea? Do you like pressing or drying flowers? What is your favorite way to use them?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!