I’m sure I must have done petal or flower pressing when I was at school, not that I can remember, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for ages.
With the abundance of Spring and early Summer flowers in bloom it seems only right to preserve some of the gorgeous petals.
Having had a quick lookie loo as to what was required to press petals and flowers I was a little disheartened by all the steps and equipment needed; seriously, some of the guides and kits available were just too much!
Being a simple living kinda gal I wanted something quick, wouldn’t cost a small fortune and would be easy to complete, and thus I’ve knocked together my own petal press.
To make your own flower press you need the following materials; two pieces of wood, 2 pieces of cardboard, 2 pieces of thick paper (I used cartridge paper), 4 butterfly bolts and a bunch of petals and flowers to press. Oh, and a drill!
Mark each corner of the wood pieces and using the drill add holes to each corner. Make sure that when layered on top of each other the holes in the wood line up.
Place the bolts in one piece of wood, leaving the heads of the bolts are on the bottom.
Place a piece of cardboard on top of one piece of wood.
Add a sheet of paper on top of the cardboard, arrange the flowers and petals on the paper.
Place the other sheet of paper on top of the flowers, add the cardboard then the remaining piece of wood.
Place the nuts on the bolts and tighten each one.
I tend to leave the flower press alone for two weeks or so, this is usually enough time for the petals to dry.
There are oodles of uses for dried flowers and petals, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite ways to use/display them later.