How to Mount Pressed Flowers

After pressing and drying flowers, you can mount your preserved blossoms on an object, such as a piece of mounting paper, and display them for a variety of uses. Perhaps you are doing a study on plants, maybe you want to display a particularly impressive bloom, or possibly you enjoy arranging organic materials to create an art piece. Whatever the reason, mounting pressed flowers is simply done using a few basic craft items and your creativity.

Things You'll Need

  • Pressed flowers
  • Heavy mounting paper (acid free)
  • White glue that does not deteriorate, such as Botanical Glue
  • Toothpick
  • Plastic cover, such as contact paper
  • Dryer sheet
  • Scissors

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Practice arranging your pressed flowers so that you know how you want to design the layout before you begin permanently mounting them. Experiment with different sides and angles to determine what looks best.

Position your acid-free, heavy mounting paper on a flat surface and place a small dot of white glue, such as Botanical Glue, on a toothpick. Use the toothpick to gently transfer the adhesive to the back (the side you do not want to be face up) of the flower. Glue essential areas like the top, center and bottom of your flowers to create a secure connection.

Place your first blossom on the mounting paper, using the arrangement you designed in step 1, and proceed to gently place each blossom in the desired position.

Wipe the non-adhesive side of the contact paper with a dryer sheet to remove static and then carefully cover your mounted flowers. Peel a small portion of the sticky side's backing and then position it on one side of the mounted flowers. Proceed to slowly pull the backing away and then gently press down on the contact paper to deter air bubbles. When finished, use scissors to trim the excess contact paper away. This barrier creates an attractive guard that protects the pressed flowers from age and insects.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leave space on the mounted flower arrangement design (step 1) if you want to display a specimen label that identifies your flowers.
  • You can use linen thread and a needle to attach heavier flowers to the mounting material.

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