Using dried flowers for framing is a creative way to decorate your environment with natural materials. You can collect the varieties of blossoms you prefer and select them in various stages of growth to design a distinct framing project that captures the essence of the plant before it is lost to age. Using the pressing technique, you can dry flowers so that they are completely flattened and preserved, and thus ideal for framing.
Things You'll Need
- Absorbent tissues
- Newspapers or telephone directory
- Flat panels, such as a cutting board: 2
- Hardcover books: 5 to 10
- Heavy weight, such as a brick
Gather flowers that are vibrant and healthy so you have the best chance of capturing this pristine condition in your frame.
Cover the flowers with absorbent tissue and then place them between the pages of a newspaper or a telephone directory (the paper should be nonglossy). These coverings help speed up the drying process so the blossoms have the best chance of maintaining their colors.
In a warm, dry place, build a homemade plant press. Place the wrapped flowers on top of a flat panel such as a cutting board. Pile heavy objects like hardcover books on top of the flowers. Place another panel on top of the stack and then a heavy weight like a brick. The weight aids in the drying process and maintains the flattened appearance of the blossom.
After a week, replace the old tissue and with new tissue, and use fresh newspaper or another page in the phone book to repeat the same steps as before. Put the heavy objects back on top.
Check your flowers after another week to determine when they are ready, which may be anywhere from two to three weeks. Blossoms should be crisp and dry, but not brittle. When the flowers are ready, carefully remove them from the paper and use them in your framing project.