Not much brings more joy than a bunch of fresh flowers, blooming with fragrant blossoms, whether as a celebration, a declaration of love, or simply a cheerful decoration to remind us of the beauty of nature. But these pretty posies don’t have to become a fleeting sentiment when the petals start to wilt — we’ve turned to the age-old art of flower pressing to make sure these memories last a lifetime.
Flower pressing has been a popular pastime for centuries, from Victorian ladies creating pictures adorned with ribbons and lace, to botanists chronicling their findings in scrapbooks filled with newly-discovered species. Nowadays, flower pressing tends to be saved for only wedding bouquets, but we’d like to bring back this humble hobby — after all, it’s so easy to do! All you need is a few things to hand, and a good dose of patience.
A heavy book (like an encyclopedia)
A weight (a big stone from the garden will do)
1.Line two pages (the middle spread is best) of your heavy book with a sheet of baking parchment.
2.Trim your flower stems and pluck any leaves you don’t want to press.
3. Arrange them on one side of the parchment paper (make sure the flowers are relatively clean and dry).
4. Close the book and place a weight on top. Leave it undisturbed for at least a week.
5. Once your flowers are papery and completely dry, you can remove them and use them as you wish — perhaps taped gently into scrapbook or a journal, or pressed behind glass in a picture frame.
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