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A Simple Guide to Pressing Flowers & Leaves

Date Posted: 30 June 2010

Pressing flowers and leaves is easy and fun. Follow some simple steps to get the best results, and then enjoy making pictures, cards and bookmarks.

Using a flower press

Firstly, you will of course need a Flower Press!

Before beginning we advise that only flowers from the garden should be picked and pressed. It is against the Countryside Code to remove plants from the countryside and wild flowers should always be left for the enjoyment of everyone.
  1. When selecting flowers to press always choose those that are looking at their best

  2. Removing moisture is the key, so begin by collecting the flowers when they are dry

  3. Lay the flowers flat and take care to arrange leaves and petals as you want them to appear when the flower is pressed

    Preparing flowers for pressing 
  1. Place the flowers and leaves between two pieces of blotting paper or flower preserving paper

  2. Place the two pieces of paper between two pieces of cardboard

  3. Place the layers into a flower press as follows, cardboard, paper, flowers, paper and cardboard 

  4. Depending on the press you may be able to fit in several layers like this

  5. Tighten the wing nuts and leave to dry for a few days

  6. Alternatively place the flowers between sheets of blotting or flower preserving paper and place inside a large book such as the phone book and leave for a few days.  Be careful to use enough plain paper sheets to protect books from staining.  For inspiration have a look at our lovely selection of garden flower seeds, our flower seeds for children and also our range of instant meadow flowers

  7. Experiment with different types of flowers. Pansies and violas are particularly easy and tend to keep their colour well. 

  8. Note if the flowers turn brown during pressing it may be because they are taking too long to dry out


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