How to Dry and Press Flowers

Looking to preserve your flowers? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to dry and press flowers!

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What You’ll Need

Before you begin, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. You will need flowers, of course. You’ll also need a way to press the flowers. You can use a store-bought flower press or make your own. Once you have your supplies, you’re ready to get started!


You can use almost any type of flower to make floral accents for your home. Dried flowers are especially popular in make potpourri, wreaths, swags, and other crafts. Pressed flowers can be used to embellish all sorts of household items from coasters and place mats to lamp shades and picture frames.

The best candidates for drying or pressing are fresh, just-picked blooms that have not been subjected to much handling. Avoid using flowers that have been treated with pesticides or other chemicals. It’s also best to choose blossoms that are not fully open; flowers that are still in bud will hold their shape better during the drying process.

To dry your flowers, you will need the following supplies:
-Papers: use acid-free papers such as computer paper, drawing paper, or parchment paper
-A phone book or other heavy book
-Rubber bands
-A cool, dark place

Silica gel

One of the best ways to preserve your flowers is by using silica gel. This is a product that can be found at most craft stores, and it’s great for drying flowers quickly and efficiently.

To use silica gel, you’ll need to purchase a container that’s big enough to fit your flowers, as well as enough silica gel to fill the container. Once you have these items, you can begin the drying process by following these steps:

1) Place your flowers in the container and arrange them however you’d like.

2) Pour the silica gel over the flowers, making sure that each one is covered.

3) Place the lid on the container and wait for 24 hours.

4) After 24 hours, remove the lid and check on your flowers. If they’re dry, you can remove them from the container and enjoy them as is. If they’re not quite dry yet, give them a few more hours before checking on them again.

Pressing tools

To press flowers, you’ll need some heavy books, absorbent paper, and pressing pads or sheets. You can find pressing pads at craft stores, or you can make your own by cutting thin sheets of craft foam to fit inside your heavy books.

Prepare the Flowers

Before you press or dry any flowers, you’ll need to take a few steps to prepare them. Gather the flowers you want to press, and lay them out on a clean, dry surface. Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut the stems of the flowers so they’re about an inch long. If your flowers have leaves, you can also remove them. Once the flowers are ready, it’s time to start pressing them.

Choose your flowers

Pick your blooms in the morning, after the dew has evaporated but before the sun hits them. Cut 2-3 inches of stem off each flower, then place them in a bucket of lukewarm water. You can also use a floral preservative in your water to make them last even longer.

Trim the stems

Before you can dry flowers, you need to trim the stems. Start by cutting the stem at an angle using sharp shears. The angle cut will help the flower absorb water more easily. Next, remove any leaves that will be below the water line in the vase. These leaves will decompose quickly and dirty the water. Finally, re-cut the stems under running water and immediately place them in a vase of fresh water.

Remove the leaves

Start by finding a flower that you’d like to dry. Gently remove any leaves on the stem of the flower. You don’t want to damage the flower, so be careful as you remove the leaves. Once the leaves are removed, trim the stem of the flower so it’s about two inches long.

Dry the Flowers

If you want to dry your flowers, you’ll need to start by picking them. You’ll want to choose flowers that are fresh and in good condition. Once you’ve picked your flowers, you’ll need to remove any foliage. Once the flowers are clean, you can start the drying process.

Place the flowers in the silica gel

Place the flowers in the silica gel. You will want to leave a little bit of stem on the flower so that you can hold onto it when you are pressing it. If the flower is too big for the container, you can cut it in half or in thirds. Once you have placed the flowers in the container, slowly pour the silica gel over them until they are completely covered.

Cover the flowers with more silica gel

Replace the flowers with fresh blooms every day or two, and wait until the silica gel is dry to the touch before removing the dried flowers. Once they’re dry, store your beautiful pressed flowers in a clean, dry place until you’re ready to use them.

Wait for the flowers to dry

If you want to dry flowers for pressing, the best time to pick them is in the morning after the dew has evaporated, but before the heat of the day kicks in. Once you have your flowers, gently remove any leaves that will be below the waterline in your vase or holder. You don’t need to remove all the leaves, just enough so that they won’t rot in the water and create bacteria.

Cut the stem of your flower at an angle about an inch from the blossom. This will help it absorb water more easily and prevent it from getting mushy. Fill a vase or holder with lukewarm water and add a teaspoon of sugar for each quart (946 ml) of water. This will help nourish your flowers and keep them looking fresh for longer.

Place your flowers in the sugar water and find a cool, dark place for them to sit undisturbed for 24-48 hours. After this time, check on your flowers and replace any water that has evaporated. Repeat this process until your flowers are fully dry, which can take up to two weeks.

Press the Flowers

Flower pressing is a great way to preserve flowers. It is a simple process that can be done with a few supplies. You will need some heavy books, some absorbent paper, and some flowers. You can use both fresh and dried flowers.

Place the flowers between two pieces of paper

Choose flowers that are flat and not too thick. Place the flowers between two pieces of paper, making sure that they are spread out evenly. Then, place a heavy book on top of the paper to press the flowers. Check on the flowers every few days to make sure that they are drying evenly. Once they are dry, you can remove them from the paper and store them in a cool, dry place.

Place the flowers in the pressing tools

Now that you have your flowers and pressing tools ready, it’s time to start pressing! Place the flowers in between the two halves of your pressing tools, taking care that they are not touching each other or the edges of the press. Once you have a few flowers in place, close the press and begin tightening the screws until the press is secure. If you are using a flower press, make sure that you have lined up the screws so that they fit into the drilled holes.

Close the pressing tools

Once your flowers are dry, it’s time to close the pressing tools. If you’re using a flower press, simply screw the two halves of the press together until they are snug. If you’re using a heavy book, close it and weigh it down with something heavy like a brick or another book. Let your flowers press for at least 24 hours before removing them.

Wait for the flowers to press

If you want to preserve the bright colors of your blooms, wait until they’re fully blooming to pick them. Gently clean off any dirt or pollen with a soft brush, then lay your flowers between two sheets of absorbent paper, such as parchment. Place something heavy on top, like a stack of books, and wait for two to three weeks. Once your flowers are pressed, store them in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to use them.

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