How to Press a Flower in a Book

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Captured at the moment when they are most beautiful, pressed flowers are elegant and colorful and can be framed or displayed in a shadow box. For the amateur flower-pressing enthusiast, no fancy tools are needed to preserve a gorgeous flower as your own keepsake. All you need is your favorite botanical beauty and a book.

  • Pick a flower at its freshest; the key to successfully pressing flowers is to preserve them at the height of their beauty. The flower should be dry, so picking after a rainstorm is not recommended. Avoid using buds.

  • Open a heavy book about 1/8 inch from the cover. Place two sheets of paper in either side to protect the pages if you are using a book that you read regularly.

  • Arrange the flower on top of one of the sheets, bearing in mind what the flower will look like once it is pressed and dried. Avoid overlapping petals and folded leaves. If you are pressing more than one flower, space each flower apart at least 1/8 of an inch.

  • Set the book in a cool, dry location and weigh the top down with other heavy books. Let the flowers press for a couple of weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dry your flowers faster by placing the book in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Microwave in 30-second bursts, checking the flowers after each burst, and remove the book from the microwave when the flowers are almost completely dry. Then, weigh down the book for a few hours to complete the pressing.

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