The idea of losing a bouquet of red roses from your first date or a forget-me-not from a loved one is heartbreaking. But what if there was a way to keep those flowers around forever?
Pressed flowers are a beautiful way to preserve a moment in time, and they make lovely gifts, home décor and can even be used in wedding invitations and other stationery.
Framing your pressed flowers makes for a unique and personal gift or decoration for your home, and it’s also a great way to show off your pressed flower collection. However, the process can seem a little daunting if you’re new to pressing and framing flowers.
But don’t worry. We’re here to help! This step-by-step guide will show you how to press flowers and turn them into a beautiful work of art. Keep on reading!
Step by Step Guide to Pressing Flowers into a Frame
Before diving into the guide, let’s go over the supplies you need. You will need:
- Flowers of your choice
- Papers to press the flowers (parchment, wax, or tracing paper work well)
- A heavy book
- Flower press
- A wooden picture frames
Now that you have gathered your supplies, let’s get started!
Step 1: Pressing the Flower
Option (a)-Pressing the flower with a book
- Choose which flowers you would like to press. Try to select flowers that are flat and not too thick. Daisies, roses, and carnations work well.
- Cut the flower’s stem off close to the bloom using scissors.
- Place the flower between two pieces of parchment paper. Ensure that the flower is entirely flat.
- Place the heavy book on top of the parchment paper to flatten the flower even more.
- Leave the heavy book and flowers for 2-3 weeks to allow the flower to dry and flatten completely.
Option (b)-Pressing the flower with a flower press
- Cut the flower’s stem close to the bloom using scissors.
- Place the flower between two pieces of parchment paper.
- Place the flower in the press, and tighten it until flat.
- Leave in the press for 2-3 weeks to allow the flower to dry and flatten completely.
Step 2: Preparing the Frame
- Once the flower is completely dry, it’s time to prepare the frame.
- Remove the backing and glass from the frame.
- Trace the inside of the frame onto a piece of parchment paper using a pencil and ruler.
- Cut out the tracing using scissors.
- Place the cut-out parchment paper inside the frame.
Step 3: Assembling the Flower Pressing
- Using tweezers, place the pressed flower onto the parchment paper inside the frame.
- Repeat step 1 until the entire frame is covered with pressed flowers.
- Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue each flower.
- Allow the glue to dry completely before reassembling the frame with the backing and glass.
Pressing flowers into a frame is a great way to preserve your memories and keep your flowers looking beautiful for years to come.
With just a few simple supplies and patience, you can create a stunning display that will last for years. Follow these steps, and you’ll have success pressing your flowers. Happy pressing!