A Look at Making Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers are blossoms that have been dried and preserved. A nice memento to keep are pressed flowers, given to you on a special occasion, they can be kept for years and their colours kept fresh from pressing them.

For your first attempts at pressing flowers, I would advise you to practice on a the flat flowers such as pansies or violets. These are often given as gifts on mother’s day by children. This is a nice place to start. Make sure the flowers are dry and trap them between two pieces of white paper, making more than one set. Now place them separately in the centre of a large, heaving book and leave them for a few weeks. After three weeks, carefully remove them, tweezers are often better than fingers for this procedure, but be careful you don’t damage the flowers.

Making them into a picture behind a glass panel will keep them fresh and you could design your own special memento. Perhaps with a cut-out picture of the special day when the flowers were given to you.

History

The history of making pressed flowers dates back to the Victorian era of the late 19th to early 20th century. The hobby has seen a revival during the past decade, and pressed flowers are now incorporated into a variety of arts and crafts projects. Pressed flower petals can be added to watercolour painting, decoupage projects or creative calligraphy just to name a few examples.

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Quick Tips For Making Pressed Flowers

When first drying out a fresh flower, hang it upside down in a cool, dark, dry place. Depending on the size of the flower, most take two to three days to completely dry out. During this time, try to keep the drying flower away from direct light as much as possible. Once this step is finished, the petals can be carefully pressed between the pages of a book, and heavier hardback books work well for flattening the dried flower sufficiently.

Common Problems When Making Pressed Flowers

Breakage of dried petals is a frequent issue with making pressed flowers, so they need to be handled carefully. One of the best ways to preserve dried pressed flowers is to mount them to paper with craft glue that’s formulated not to damage the individual petals. Good types of paper to use include Ingres or Japanese bookmaking paper.

With care and some practice, making pressed flowers is a fun, creative and enjoyable crafting hobby. No two pressed blooms are exactly alike, which can add some flair to other craft projects.