wikiHow to Make a Flower Press

For years, girls have dried and pressed flowers, and crafters know that pressed flowers can be an addition to scrapbook pages or handmade cards. The old way of sliding blooms into a phone directory and stacking heavy books on top works, but it lends itself to problems: the stack is cumbersome; it gets in the way; flowers are disturbed each time you add new ones, resulting in shattered, mildewed or simply lost specimens. When you know how to make a flower press, you eliminate those problems and create dried blossoms.

Steps

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    Cut 2 plywood squares in the size you want for your finished press. For most flowers, an 8-inch (10.16 cm) square will be large enough.
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    Measure 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) from each corner on both boards and mark the spots with an "X."
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    Drill holes at each "X," which are wide enough to accommodate your screws.
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    Sand the surfaces of the wood to smooth away any roughness. Wipe away the sawdust with a tack cloth.
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    Stain or paint the wood for your flower press, if desired. Apply acrylic varnish to seal the wood, whether you paint or stain the wood, or if you leave it plain.
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    Drill matching holes through 4 squares of cardboard, cut to match the boards.
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    Place 1 piece of plywood on the bolts, leaving the heads of the bolts at the bottom.
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    Stack the cardboard on top of the board.
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    Add the second board and the nuts.
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    Place a flower or leaf between the boards and tighten the nuts and you now have flower press.

Tips

  • To use your flower press, place a piece of blotter paper or a double thickness of paper towels on a piece of the cardboard. Lay a single bloom on top of the paper; cover it with more blotter paper or paper toweling and another piece of cardboard. Continue to layer cardboard, paper, blooms, paper and cardboard. Replace the top board and tighten the wing nuts.
  • Check your flower press each day. As the flower loses moisture and presses down, tighten the nuts to keep the pressure even.

Warnings

  • Especially thick blossoms may not work well for pressing. Preserve them whole with a hanging method of drying or separate the petals and place them in your flower press.

Things You'll Need

  • Plywood
  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • 4 bolts -- 4 inches (10.16 cm) or longer
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • 4 wing nuts
  • Blotter paper or paper towels

Article Info

Categories: Flower Arranging and Floral Art