Flower pressing in home decor
Have you seen our Moebe wall frames? These are ideal for creating Scandinavian style home decor of pressed flowers. Preserve your favourite blooms and turn into beautiful art!
Flower pressing is pretty much as easy as chucking a flower in between two heavy objects and leaving it in a warm place… but there’s more of an art to flower pressing.
Here are our recommended steps:
- You want your flowers to be as dry as possible when you start pressing them.
- When you’re ready to press the flowers, thoroughly blot the flowers and stems with kitchen towels to wick away any excess moisture.
- Pick a few heavy books, choose a book that’s big enough to completely cover your flowers, as any ends that stick out won’t dry fully.
- Open your book, and line a double-page spread with newspaper. You can also use plain tissues or parchment paper, and even coffee filters work well! Avoid kitchen towels with a pattern – the embossed texture can actually imprint onto the delicate petals. The paper will absorb the moisture from the flowers as they dry.
- Place your flowers on the page, as flat as you can. Put the flowers closer to the book’s spine, as this helps to make sure that most of the book’s weight is pressing down on the flowers. Close the book, making sure you don’t dislodge the flowers.
- You’ll need pressure to press the flowers (groundbreaking, we know!). Stacking more heavy books on top of your flower-pressing book will do.
- When flower pressing, you need to dry the flowers as quickly as possible – otherwise you risk the flowers going brown or fading. Find somewhere warm and dry to store them for a few days.
- Pressing flowers can take around 7 to 10 days to completely flatten and your flowers to truly dry out.
Flower pressing is also a fun activity to do with kids! We like to collect different leaves during summer and press them, don’t forget to make notes of which bush or tree they are from!