How To Make Pressed Flowers

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Pressed flowers add a touch of elegance and beauty to any decoration or craft. From greeting cards to framed art, these dried beauties are versatile and will add a creative touch to any project. Did you know they are also so easy to make?! Rather than buying them at the local craft store, order a bouquet of your favorite fresh flowers and turn them perfectly pressed flowers with a few simple steps.

Here we have two methods for pressing flowers ? the first requires using a microwave and takes about 5 minutes (from start to finish) per flower. The second requires less hassle, but calls for a wait time of about a month.

We used the first process to make these pressed roses, but you can use any flower of your choice! Lilies, daffodils, sunflowers, and daises would also be a great choice for this project (just be sure to remove the excess pollen).

What You?ll Need for DIY Pressed Flowers:

? Fresh flowers
? Absorbent material (we used coffee filters)
? Ceramic plates
? Microwave
? Heavy encyclopedia or phone book (optional ? only for second method)

How To Make Last Minute DIY Pressed Flowers:

If you?re pressed for time or looking for a quick craft, use this method.

  1. First, lay a ceramic plate in front of you. Cover it with a coffee filter. Place a flower on top, and cover it with a second coffee filter.diy-pressed-flowers-plate
  2. Cover with an additional plate and place in the microwave. ?Cook? for one minute, then take out and replace coffee filter. Top with the plate again and place in the microwave for another minute. Continue this process until you are satisfied with the result.

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How To Make DIY Pressed Flowers Without the Microwave

  1. This process may be lengthy, but it?s so simple that you can just set it and forget it!
  2. Grab a heavy book such as an encyclopedia or phone book. Open to the middle of the book and line with absorbent material on both sides. Place flower in the middle and close the book.
  3. Leave for 4-5 weeks, making sure to replace the absorbent material once every week or so.

Before:
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After:
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