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How to press flowers

by webdev

October 06, 2011

It can be hard to say goodbye to a beautiful bouquet of flowers that you received as a thank you gift or birthday present. However, if you take steps to preserve the flowers before they die you never have to toss them in the trash.

Pressing flowers is an elegant way to preserve the beauty of aster flowers or any other of your favorite blooms. According to SC Johnson, the best flowers to press are thin plants such as pansies. Fern leaves also work well and can be found in a number of rose bouquets or sunflower bouquets.

The news source reports that you will need either a phone book or dictionary to press the flowers, or you can buy a real flower press for between $10 and $20 at a craft store. If you choose to make your own press, simply create a sandwich of cardboard and paper, placing the flower between the paper. Secure tightly with rubber bands.

It may take some experimentation to figure out how the flowers should be places between the press to look pretty after they have dried. Usually it takes about seven days to get a good, dry and flat result from a press. The pressed flowers can be glued to cards, stationary or walls.  

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