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How To Perfectly Press Flowers

From decorating your scrapbook to designing wedding invitations, pressed flowers the way to go to add an extra special touch to any DIY project. Still waiting weeks for your flowers to dry out in an old book? Our 3 easy tutorials are sure to “leaf” you inspired to create! Now let’s get ready perfectly press some petals!

How to Press Flowers Perfectly

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Tutorial and Instructions

  • For the best results, choose flowers that are naturally flat like daisies, pansies, violas, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, tulips and ferns. Bulky flowers like roses are harder to get completely paper flat.
  • Choose perfect flowers, no holes or discoloration – we only want the best!
  • Pressed flowers are extremely fragile.  Handle with care!
  • Use makeup oil blotting paper to help soak up water, insert a sheet on top of your flowers before you press to get the best results.
  • Let your flowers have their space! When laying out flowers make sure they are not over lapping each other in the press, or else you will get one glob of petals. Okay, that’s about it for my pressing power tips, read below for how to flatten some flowers.

Pressed Flowers With Iron

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Want to craft something cute in a flash? This is the method for you! In only minutes, you have some beautiful pressed flowers that are craft ready when you are!

Supplies needed:

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Paper sheets
  • fresh flowers and leaves

Step 1:

Lay a sheet of paper down on your ironing board. Place flowers on top and cover with another sheet of paper. Lay heavy hardcover book on top. Try not to slide the book as this may damage the flowers. Push down on the book and wait 2-3-minutes.

Step 2:

Remove book, but keep flowers in paper. Take out iron and remove any water if it’s a steamer kind. Set the iron to the lowest heat setting (or dry, if your iron has it). Gone are the old days of waiting days for pressed flowers to dry. Irons turn fresh flowers into pressed flowers within minutes! Place iron down on paper and press. Hold for 10 seconds and remove, and repeat this process across the sheet. Do NOT drag across like you do on clothing, this will damage both your flowers and your paper. Remove flowers slowly to prevent tearing and set aside on another clean sheet of paper.


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Pressing Flowers With A Flower Press

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Have some more time to invest in creating perfectly flat flowers? Try a flower press – easy to make and use. Flowers are ready to be used after 24 hours in the press.


  • 2 7” x 7” wood squares
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Sheets of paper or blotting paper
  • Fresh flowers and leaves
  • Power drill
  • 5/32” drill bits
  • 4 screws
  • 4 washers
  • 4 wingnuts

Step 1:

First, cut or purchase two identical pieces of wood, and measure about 1” in from the edge of your wood corners with a pencil.

Step 2:

Drill over your pencil marks through both boards at about 1″ in from the corner on all four sides. Place washers on the bolts and slide the bolts up through the bottoms of both squares. Make sure to add wingnuts on top to easily tighten and loosen your press. 

Step 3:

Take some scrap cardboard that is roughly the same size as your press. Trim off corners of cardboard so they do not interfere with the bolts of your flower press.

Step 4:

Take your flowers and lay them out how you like on plain paper. Insert your flowers between your cardboard sheets and use the wingnuts to tighten and press. After 24 hours, you will have perfectly pressed flowers!

Pressed Flowers With Wax Paper

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This next method of pressing flowers is perfect for lightweight flowers. Once completed, you will have a sheet of translucent flowers that add rustic dimension to any craft project.


  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Wax paper sheets
  • Paper towels
  • Small fresh flowers and leaves (small daisies or orchids)

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Step 1:

The steps for this process is similar to pressing flowers with an iron, just replace the paper with two sheets of wax paper sandwiching your flowers.

Step 2:

Take some paper towels and lay on top of your wax paper, then press down with your iron for 10 seconds at a time.  In only a few minutes you will have a sealed translucent sheet filled with flowers!

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That’s it for our pressed flower tutorials! Thanks for stopping by! Do you have any tips for pressing flowers quick that we may have missed? Let us know in the comments section below. Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest updates on craft projects in the making! Like us on Facebook (button below) to get fun craft projects in your feed! Pin your favorite projects to Pinterest to share with friends.


  1. Avatar says

    August 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Never press fresh flowers between wax paper,ironed. It will mold and mildew. Never press hydrangea with water drops on the blossoms, or they will turn brown like in your picture.

  2. AvatarJacki says

    August 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Sad to see so much incorrect information given here. People interested in learning how to press flowers and design with them should go to The World wide Pressed Flower Guild!

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