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Published January 26th 2011

Some people partake in flower pressing to preserve a sentimental posy. Others like to create decorative pieces for further crafting. Either way, flower pressing is inexpensive and very simple.

Any flower can be pressed and dried, but the best flowers for pressing are the simple ones; extra points if their shape is already somewhat flat. Daisies, buttercups, violets, pansies and nearly all wildflowers make excellent specimens for pressing. Roses, carnations, gerberas and azaleas are more difficult, but can be managed.

To press your flower, simply sandwich it between two sheets of baking paper or blotting paper and place that between two heavy weights. Phone books are perfect for flower pressing. Depending on the size of the flower, you may need to leave it for several days. You will know that it is ready when it is dry to the touch.

If you are planning on taking up flower pressing as a hobby, you might like to make or buy a kit. They can be purchased from any art and craft store or you can make your own. Place about ten sheets of thick cardboard between two sheets of thin plywood (cardboard and plywood should all be the same size). Drill a hole and push a four inch screw through each corner. Place the flower in the middle and use wingnuts to hold the pressing in place.

Once your flower is ready, you can use it to decorate cards or make wall hangings. Press about a dozen small flowers and place them in a small satchet bag to create a potporrui drawer freshener. Glue them onto candles for nature inspired gifts. For more pressed flower craft, see here.
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