5 Tips for pressing flowers at home

5 Tips for pressing flowers at home 

Here we share our top 5 tips for pressing flowers at home! 

1. CHOOSE FLOWER TYPES WISELY

This is the most important part to ensuring your pressing project works. The best types of flowers for pressing are those that are already flat in shape and naturally quite dry or papery ( think poppies, ferns, pansies, violets, statice and hydrangeas). Flowers that are moist such as some orchids, cacti, hyacinth, lilies or tulips that have fleshy wet stems are not going to press well at all. 

2.  START SMALL 

Like any good thing pressing flowers well takes practise. Starting with small flat, flower heads that can easily be fit within the pages of your pressing-book are what we would recommend. It takes a bit of patience to get the hang of ( and not to mention waiting for the flowers to dry!) but once you have the hang of pressing small flowers you can work your way up to larger thicker flower heads such as ranunculus, daisies and sunflowers.  

3. LAYER CORRECTLY

To press flowers at home all you need is a few heavy books, some baking paper and paper towel. Layer the flowers so that the baking paper is folded within the open book pages to protect the book and keep things flat. Then add a piece of paper towel to help absorb the moisture of the flowers. Place the flowers down flat on the paper towel ( tweezers are handy here) and layer a second piece of paper towel over the top of the flowers. As you close the book the baking paper will sit on top of the paper towel and help protect them. Once the book is closed stack a few more heavy books on top and leave in a cool dry area for about 3 weeks. 

4. LET THEM REST 

We advise leaving your pressed flowers to rest within the book pages for at least 2 weeks, preferably three. This should allow them enough time to properly dry out and flatten. Remember you want them to feel papery and dry to touch, if they still feel damp or moist leave them for another week then check on them.

5. STORE CORRECTLY

Storing flowers once they have been pressed is important - if you don't keep them flat they could start to deteriorate and curl. It is best to use them in your art or craft project within a few weeks of pressing them. Examples are flower frames, resin works or decoupage. Flat dry tins or containers are ideal to keep them dry and out of humidity. Keeping them within the pages of the book you used to press them in can also be good. 

Have fun with your pressed flower project and we'd love to know what you make via our Instagram or Pinterest page!! 

Thanks and happy flowering!

Team Indie X

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