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Pressing Flowers
03Apr 2018

Pressing Flowers

The wild or domestic flower may be perceived to have a limited display life and in an organic sense this is probably true. However, there are ways in which the average flower can appear to be immortal and one of the most popular ways to achieve this is through Pressing Flowers. For those who are unfamiliar with this method of flower preservation then it basically involves pressing a flower until it’s flat and then mounting it as a card or decoration and covering it so that the air can’t get to it.

There are many reasons for wanting to press a flower, all of which stem from the fact that flower pressing gives a natural flower immortality. It can be used to present a flower which is out of season, or commemorate a special occasion or even just provide a personalised greetings card. How personal and tasteful would it be to be able to frame a flower from the bridal bouquet alongside a picture of the happy couple?

The perfect time to begin the process of flower pressing is when the flower is still very much alive and in full bloom because it is in this state that it will stay and you want all your flowers to look in their prime.

You can buy flower presses that probably come with all sorts of attachments and instructions but placing your flower between a couple of sheets of paper and then between the pages of a heavy book with more books piled on top for a couple of weeks will have exactly the same effect. A couple of weeks probably sounds like an excessive amount of time to spend on any single craft but it’s the ideal amount of time to truly flatten your flower to the 2D proportions required.

Once your flower has been pressed then you are free to do with it what you will. I have seen a variety of options in my time. The general theme seems to be to mount the flower on some form of card, lightly secured in a way that will appear invisible – perhaps some double sided tape behind the bud – and then cover the flower and card in sticky back plastic. This will give the whole presentation a shiny, laminated look and will also fully secure your flower in place.

I have previously seen pressed flowers made into bookmarks and I have also seen entire bouquets pressed and then arranged to look like a flat version of their former selves in the full bouquet. Something of this size and magnitude can be framed and become a wall decoration to be really proud of.

A small point about the mounting; really think about the colour of card that you choose to mount on. If it is coloured then obviously you want it to complement your flowers but you probably don’t want it to really match them. Remember, the flower(s) is/are the focus here and if you mount a white rose on mint green car, for example, then it’s all quite plain and won’t really grab anybody’s attention. Aim to focus on the flower. A white rose on black card couldn’t possibly stand out more, but you have to decide if you want the flower to look that bold. So this is just something to think about.

Enjoy your flower pressing adventures.