Craft: Flower Pressing
Now is the perfect time to be out and about, with the prospective heat waves and spontaneous sunshine - there has never been a better time to be foraging for some colourful flower arrangements for your flower press that has been collecting dust over the winter months in your crafting cupboard.
I have just invested in a new (but very old) flower press that has kept me shamefully occupied over the exam period. I absolutely love buying fresh flowers for my dull university dorm and when I was bridesmaid for my best friend’s Mum’s wedding I wanted to freeze my stunning bouquet in time. With a flower press you can do just that, and you can even make cute cards, frames and other imaginative inventions with your reborn buds and saplings.
Flower pressing can be hit and miss at times but in general it is a simplistic method - you can even experiment by pressing flowers between two hefty books if you don’t have a flower press, just make sure you put parchment paper between the pages and the flowers, so it soaks up the residue and doesn’t ruin your books.
But here’s some hints and tips I found after using my flower press:
1. Flower pressing is best done when the ground is dry- but beware as when it is too hot the flowers can lose their colour, while damp means that they will mould inside the press. So, a dry and sunny day (not HOT) is optimum condition for a flower pressing day! Make sure they are still freshly picked though, and buds, newly bloomed flowers or newly bought florist flowers are ideal for the perfect result.
2. Make sure when picking the plants that you leave a nice stem on it and maybe some leaves as this can make for a more realistic and interesting arrangement once it’s done – this is totally dependent of your preference though.
3. Best not to pick anything that isn’t wild for example a neighbours beautifully arranged flower plot that they take pride over community coffee morning in your neighbourhood - this spells trouble!
4. Now depending on the flower, depends on which way up you may choose to press it. Flat bottomed flowers such as daisies, forget-me-nots or pansies are best pressed flat with the petals facing up; whereas tulips or bluebells are best pressed on their side (see pictures).
5. Once you have positioned everything, ensure they are sandwiched between 2 layers of parchment paper and a bottom layer of corrugated cardboard.
6. Now you screw place this into the wooden press and screw the metal bolts tight, leaving it in a dry place for a couple of weeks, they should be dry and ready for whatever you decide to do with them next.
Here I have included some cute ideas for what you can try using your newly pressed flower arrangements. Just follow these links below: