Disclaimer: Flower Pressing is addictive. Once you start, you won’t want to stop 😉
SO. You’ve got a beautiful new flower press but you’re not quite sure what to do with it? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you get started – you’ll be all over it in no time.
Firstly, let me say that flower pressing is largely about experimentation. What works for one flower won’t for another, so just enjoy the process & learn as you go.
Okay, so before you even begin, you need to collect your blooms & foliage for your press. Your garden is the best place to start for this, & as a bonus this is a part that the kids will love to get involved with too. Look for flowers & leaves that are relatively flat, like daisies, ferns, pansies, & viola’s (check this blog post on how to choose flowers to press!), which are also easy to find. If you have a bulbous or bulky flower you would like to press, like a rose, consider pressing the petals instead. The best time of day to collect your foliage is mid-morning, once the dew has passed & before the heat of the day causes them to wilt, however this may vary depending on your local climate – the most important thing is that your blooms are dry, or else they may mould & ruin your press to boot.
Now for the fun part! Some presses include paper & cardboard (like our flower magic flower pressing kit) whereas others include cardboard only (like our Sow’n’Sow presses). Both methods work fine, though you can add or remove the paper if you wish (the cardboard however is essential).
Take your blooms, leaves, or petals & place them between two sheets of cardboard, ensuring the blooms don’t overlap each other. Continue this until all layers are full or you’re out of blooms. When you’re screwing the press back together, be careful not to do so too tightly – this can cause browning & ridges in your blooms from the cardboard. Nice & firm will do.
Now, depending on your flowers, you’ll need to leave them anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. Check in occasionally if you like, but try not to disturb them too much. You’re aiming for dry flowers that have (ideally) retained their colour, & are still gently pliable; if they’re too dry they will be crispy & easily break. This part is trial & error, & don’t worry if you don’t get it the first time – I didn’t, either! The more you do it, the better you’ll get!
After your blooms have been pressed, it’s up to you what you do with them – & there’s so many options! You can create art, gift cards, give them to the kids for potions, use them as decor, make your own floral paper, frame them, trace them, pop them in your nature journal – heck, throw some petals in the bath for a nice soothing moment to yourself! Whatever you choose to do, bask in the joy of creating magic, because i’ll be if that’s not it ✨
Happy pressing, darlings x