Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. One reason that I love Spring is due to the abundance of wildflowers in Texas. I have been pressing wildflowers from dirt roads and fields for years. Therefore, I want to share some how to press flowers in books. Plus, I have a list of 10 things that you can do with pressed flowers.
Thin plants like herbs, or wildflower like foxglove and buttercups will take less time to press than thicker plants. Thicker plants like thistles, roses or sunflowers may require 6 weeks to press. Therefore, the plant should feel similar to paper, and there shouldn’t be moisture in the pressed flower.
If you want to use a flower press instead of old books, I linked some here from Amazon.
If you are looking for a quicker way to press flowers or herbs, you can do so in the microwave! I shared tips for pressing plants in the microwave, here. However, I just love the process of using old books! Thanks for stopping by the blog, y’all!
RachelApril 29, 2020 at 7:38 am
Thanks for sharing this Amy. I love this idea and hope to press some flowers for art in my greenhouse (once it’s finished.).
Amy WilliamsApril 29, 2020 at 4:03 pm
A greenhouse sounds wonderful. That is a goal of mine too! First goal is to learn more about plants, in general and grow a green thumb! lol
DaisyMarch 25, 2021 at 2:13 am
Flowers often color the pages they’re pressed between, so it’s usually a good idea to place them between 2 notebook sheets to preserve the book.
Amy WilliamsMarch 26, 2021 at 11:53 am
Thank you for the tip. I often use parchment paper too!