Pressing Flowers

16 September 2014

Have you ever received a delivery of flowers so beautiful you couldn’t possibly throw them away? If you have ever wished you could keep them forever, here’s how:

There are plenty of times in our lives when we wished we could have kept a certain arrangement of flowers. The first delivery from a boyfriend, or the blooms from your wedding bouquet. How about the freshly picked flowers from your budding garden or your son’s corsage from his first ring bearer role?

My dear friend Talia jotted me down instructions on how to preserve my most recent flower acquisition along with an array of wildflowers that I couldn’t bear to throw away.  I followed her instructions implicitly and the blooms are on their way to staying with me forever.

Here are a few photos of my journey and instructions on how to keep yours!

Instructions: How to press flowers

Instructions: How to press flowers

What you will need:

  • The beloved flowers
  • An old book that you are OK with ruining. (if someone has an old telephone lying around — bingo!)
  • An even heavier book to pile on-top of aforementioned old book.
  • Blotting papers – enough to replace at least 10x. You can also use newspaper, tissue paper, anything that’s super thin.

Steps:

1. Choose heavy old book
2. Lay the book open and line with tissue paper — two pieces on either side.
3. Arrange flower on one side of the book. (Please note: make sure all moisture is removed from the flower and is totally dry.)
4. Close the book (To dry multiple flowers, leave at least 1/2 inch in between sections of pages, you may need a few heavy books if you want to dry an entire bouquet.)

my old books. Truth: I did not read The Great Rock Discography in its entirety, but I did thumb through it. Sorry! not really sorry!

my old books. Truth: I did not read The Great Rock Discography in its entirety, but I did thumb through it. Sorry! Not really sorry!

sun bathing blooms

sun bathing blooms. If you are trying to fit them into a specific frame or book, you can cut them down or peel off a few petals before pressing.

my flowers drying

my flowers drying

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my newly gifted leather journal where my flowers will live forever.

changing of the sheets!

changing of the sheets!

checking in on the progress -- almost two weeks but these puppies need a little bit more time with the books.

checking in on the drying progress — almost two weeks but these puppies need a little bit more time with the books.

I’ll be keeping my flowers inside my notebook, but have been thinking of additional ways to share them. I love the idea of putting them in a floating frame or making custom stationery. Here are a few ideas after you’ve done the hardest part!

I’d love to see your photos, so make sure to tag OceanViolet on instagram!

 

 

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