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How to print flowers

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Keep beautiful flowers for years by pressing them to preserve their vibrant colors and unique shapes. You can use pressed flowers as decorative additions to cards, magazines or scrapbooks, or you can display them in frames. There are several ways to print flowers, from a one-day process by ironing them to a week-long process using heavy books or a wooden press. Whichever way you choose, you will be able to enjoy pressed flowers for a long time to come.

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[ Edit ] Cut and prepare the flowers

  1. Choose fresh flowers that have no morning dew on them. Use flowers you got from a florist or grocery store, or pick your own from a garden. If you choose your own, cut them in the morning after the morning dew has evaporated and avoid picking them on rainy days ̵
    1; you want them to be as dry as possible. Flowers with flat flowers, such as violets, daisies and bush roses, are the easiest to press, but you can also use thicker flowers, such as peonies and orchids. [1]
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    • Avoid using really thick flowers, such as impatiens and beginnings. They are so thick that they generally begin to get moldy before they actually dry out.
  2. Trim the stems to the size you want for your project. This is entirely up to you and what you want to use the flowers for. Remember that you can always cut more of the stem after the flowers have been pressed, but you cannot add more length when they have been cut. [2]
    • If you are mainly interested in preserving the actual blooms, cut the stem down to.
  3. Remove the low hanging or back leaves that remain on the stem. Use sharp scissors to cut the leaves as close to the stem as possible instead of just picking them off. If you like, leave some leaves in place for the aesthetic. [3]
    • If you are not sure which look you prefer, try drying a flower that has some leaves left on the stem along with a flower that is fully trimmed
  4. Cut thick flowers in half so that they can be dried flat . Orchids, peonies and roses are notoriously difficult to print because they are so thick. Use a pair of scissors or a sharp knife to cut the blossom and stem half the length. Lay the flower on a flat surface and cut off half of the bloom with a movement similar to how you would cut an apple in half. Do your best to cut the stem in half equally. If you make a proper cut, you can use both sides of the flower in your squeezing. [4]
    • It's okay if the actual cut doesn't look perfect or if there are small pieces of petals left on the back of the flower. These defects will not be visible after the flower has been pressed.
  5. Store flowers that you are not ready to use in the fridge for 2-3 days. If you are preparing your flowers and realize that you are not ready to start pressing them for any reason, keep them fresh in the fridge. Put them in a plastic, resealable bag. [5]
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    • This is also useful if you find flowers you want to squeeze while traveling. You can store them in the fridge until you return home.
    • If you do not have access to a refrigerator, store them in a cooler or somewhere similar to try to keep them until you can press them.

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  1. Place the prepared flowers between two sheets of parchment paper. The parchment paper is used to absorb excess moisture from the flowers as they dry out. Arrange the flowers so that none of their petals, leaves or stems overlap. [6]
    • If you do not have parchment paper, you can also use coffee filters with the same effect.
  2. Place the sheets between the pages of a heavy book. Use a book large enough to completely cover the flowers. If there are ends that protrude from the pages of the book, they will not be pressed. Place the flowers on the back of the book so that the bulk of the book's weight rests on the top of the flowers. [7]
    • Make sure you choose a book that you will not need to use in the coming weeks. [19659010] Add another 2 to 3 books to give extra weight. Again, choose heavy books to gain the most weight. Stack them somewhere so they won't be easily wrapped. [8]
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      • You can also use bricks instead of books for the same effect.
    • Leave the flowers alone for 1 to 2 weeks to allow them to dry out completely. Set a reminder in your calendar to check the flowers after a few weeks to see if they are ready. They should feel like fine tissue. If they are not done yet, gently close them back in the book for a week to keep pressing them. [9]
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      • It takes less time to squeeze flowers with heavy books than if you were to use a wooden flower press because it adds significantly more weight from the books.

[ Edit ] Making a Wooden Flower Press

  1. Buy or cut two pieces of wood. Taking your own flower press does not take long and gives you a designated press so you do not have to throw around and try to find heavy books or bricks. Every piece of wood should be thick. You can use plywood or other scrap wood. [10]
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    • If you visit your local home improvement store you may find scrap metal for sale that can be used for your press.
    • If you cut your own pieces of wood you can make your press to whatever shape or size you want. Some prefer round balers, while others prefer a smaller or larger press, depending on how many flowers they need to dry at one time. A press can hold anywhere from 10-20 flowers, depending on the type of flower you press.
  2. Place the prepared flowers between two pieces of parchment paper. Arrange your flowers on a piece of parchment paper so that they do not overlap at all. Put another piece of parchment paper over the top of the flowers and lightly press down with your hands. [11]
  3. Sandwich parchment paper between two cardboard pieces. Use cardboard pieces that are at least as large, if not larger, than pieces of parchment paper. Choose clean, dry cardboard to prevent any unnecessary moisture or bacteria from entering your flowers. [12]
    • The cardboard box only helps to provide another semi-absorbent layer for the flowers. Since this method takes about a month to complete, it is important that all moisture from the flowers has somewhere else to go so they dry completely.
  4. Place the carton between the two pieces of wood. Arrange the wood so that the corners are aligned as perfectly as possible. If you need to move one of them back, lift it up and replace it instead of moving it while it is in contact with the carton, as this can shift the flowers underneath and destroy their positioning. [13]
  5. Secure each corner of the press together with a c-clamp. With c-clamps, one side of the clamp remains stationary and the other side can be adjusted by turning the handle to move the screw up or down. Open each clip wide enough to fit the pieces of wood. Start by placing a clamp over a corner of the press. Adjust the screw mechanism to join the sides of the clamp as tightly as possible. Repeat this with the other three clamps. [14]
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    • Visit your local home improvement store or shop online for your c-clamps. You don't need to get anything nice, so you should be able to find these clamps for about $ 5 each.
    • If you bought a wooden press rather than making one yourself, there should be bolts for you to use rather than having to use clamps.
  6. Let the flowers dry for about 30 days. Resist the undo press and check your flowers until at least three weeks have passed. Doing so can disturb the flowers and make it difficult to get them back to the same position so that they dry perfectly. To be safe, wait 30 days before opening the clips and removing the flowers. [15]
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    • If you have more flowers you want to squeeze in the meantime, use a second press or one of the other pressing methods so that you do not disturb those in process.
    • This is one of the more time consuming methods since it does not use much weight or heat to squeeze the flowers. If you want to speed up the press time, add some bricks or books on top of the wood.

[ Edit ] Heating the flowers with an iron

  1. Flat the flowers with a heavy book to start the pressing process. While doing the rest of your supplies, just put the prepared flowers under a big book. This will make it easier to iron since they will not be as thick as they were when you cut them. [16]
    • You can do this 1 to 2 days in advance, or just 10 minutes before you strike. The more time the flower has to flatten, the easier it is to iron. Use sheets of parchment paper between the book and the flowers if you are concerned about the book being exposed to moisture.
  2. Empty all water from the iron and set it to the lowest setting. The last thing you want when ironing your flowers is any kind of moisture or steam, so take a minute to drain the water tank and do not refill them. Connect the iron and switch the setting to the lowest, dryest heat setting available. [17]
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    • You may be tempted to use higher heat to make the process go even faster, but high heat could burn the flowers and make them brown, so they lost their beautiful color.
  3. Place the flowers between two pieces of parchment paper on the ironing board. Set up your ironing station and place a piece of parchment paper on top of it. Arrange the flowers so that they do not overlap at all; otherwise they can stick together. Put a new parchment paper on top of the flowers. [18]
    • Avoid moving the paper when it is in place so that the flowers do not change at all.
  4. Hold the iron on top of the flowers for 10 seconds. Simply hold the iron instead of moving it back and forth as you would if you ironed a garment. If the parchment paper is larger than the iron, work in sections by lifting the iron upwards and then putting it back on the next part that needs to be ironed. [19]
    • If you leave the iron on the flowers too long, they will burn, so be sure to count the time and remove the iron after a maximum of 10 to 15 seconds.
  5. Allow the paper to cool completely before repeating the ironing process. Remove the iron after 10 seconds and allow the parchment paper to cool for 15 to 20 seconds, or only until it is cool to touch. This helps prevent the flowers from burning from being exposed to heat for too long by accident. [20]
  6. Stroke flowers in 10 seconds until all moisture is gone. Pressing your flowers should not take more than five minutes unless you use really thick flowers, such as peonies or orchids. To check the flowers, gently lift up the top sheet of parchment paper and touch the blossoms. If they feel paper-thin and dry, they are ready! If they still retain moisture, continue ironing. [21]
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    • Don't forget to unplug the iron when you are done and refill the water tank so it is ready to go the next time you need to use it on your clothes.

[ Edit ] Displays pressed flowers in a glass frame

  1. Put together a collection of pressed flowers that you want to display. This can be a combination of flowers and greenery that you think looks great together. For a minimalist look, you can choose some special flowers to use. If you want something that looks more plentiful, use up to 10 to 15 flowers (or more!) For your frame. [22]
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    • Don't be afraid to mix and match colors and flower types.
  2. Wipe the glass frame to remove fingerprints or stains. Before adding any flowers to the frame, clean the glass inside and outside to start your project with a clean slate. Use a window or glass cleaner and a soft microfiber towel so there is no lint left. [23]
    • For this project, you can use a glass frame that is hanging or that can be supported, depending on where you want to express it when it is done.
    • You can buy glass frames online, from your local art supply store or from many home department stores.
  3. Arrange the flowers before attaching them to the glass. Play with the flowers before using the tape to attach them to the frame. You can arrange them from largest to smallest, in rows or without any order at all. [24]
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    • If needed, use scissors to cut stems or cut a flower to the right size. [19659019] Some people want to add a piece of patterned scrapbook paper to the frame to serve as a backdrop for the flowers. You can do this if you want, or you can leave the glass frame so it is transparent.
  4. Use small pieces of double-sided tape to attach the flowers to the glass. When you know where you want each flower to be, attach a really small piece of double-sided tape to the back of each flower and press it firmly but gently into place on the glass. The bigger the flower, the bigger the tape you can use; Try not to use so much that the tape is visible when you look down at the flower, however. [25]
    • If you have trouble ripping away small pieces of tape, use scissors to cut a longer tape into small sections.
  5. Close the frame and hang it up to enjoy your craft. When all the flowers are secured in place you are almost done! Just secure the two sides of the frame together and then either hang it up, display it on a desk or table or give it away as a gift. [26]
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    • This is a great way to make a keepsake for yourself or someone else.

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[ Edit ] Tips

  • For a really fast flower printing process, buy a special microwave press online.

[ Edit ] Things You Need

[ Edit ] Cutting and Preparing the Flowers

  • Sharp scissors
  • Airtight bag (optional )

[ Edit ] Using heavy books

  • Parchment paper
  • 3 to 4 heavy books
  • Tweezers [19659093] [ Edit ] Making a Wooden Flower Press
    • 2 pieces of paper
    • Parchment paper
    • Cardboard
    • 4 c-clamps

    [ Edit ] Heating of fl owers with an Iron

    • Heavy book
    • Iron
    • Ironing board
    • Parchment paper

    [ Edit ] Shows pressed flowers in a glass frame

    • Pressed flowers
    • Double-sided tape
    • 19659019] Glass frame
    • Glass cleaner
    • Microfiber towel

    [ Edit ] Related wikiHows [19659084] Make a Flower Press

  • Dry-Flowers
  • Dry Flowers

[ Edit ] References

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