Today I’m sharing my flower press DIY. There’s a fun hashtag on IG right now called the #botanicalseries hosted by @adiandbert and @missaimeefleur, which inspired me to dig around in the storage room to find the flower press I made last year.
Imagine my surprise when I saw these two sprigs of Queen Anne’s Lace! I’d forgotten I’d even pressed them. Love!
To make the collage, I layered several pieces of my own handmade paper and placed the flowers on top.
Last summer … peonies … sigh …
At first I wasn’t going to include the following photo because I didn’t like my hands … but I think I need to celebrate them and be thankful for all they allow me to do …
Drill a hole in each corner of the wood. Do this for both pieces and make sure they line up with each other so you can put the bolts through. I would suggest drilling the holes closer to the edges than I did – mine are in a bit too far and this limits the area available for pressing.
Sand the edges of the wood to smooth, then brush lightly with paint. The next step is to cover the outside with decorative paper (I used scrapbook paper).
Brush the top of the board with glue and lay the paper on top.
When the glue is dry, sand the edges of the paper to distress:
When ready, place your chosen flowers between two white sheets of paper, then between the heaviest thin hard cardboard you can find. Here I’ve used the protective cardboard that’s included with photos (from Costco). Use as many layers as will fit between the boards (that will depend on the length of the bolts you use).
For each hole you’ll need one wing nut, one bolt, and two washers.
In the diptych below, the top image is the front of the press, and the bottom image is the bottom of the press:
If you have any questions, just ask in the comments and I’ll help you out! The is more about making the press, than the actual pressing of flowers. For further inspiration check out my Flower Pressing Pinterest Board.
What you need:
- 2 boards of the same size (they don’t have to be square)
- decorative paper
- 4 wing nuts, 4 bolts, and 8 washers
- white paper
- hard, thin cardboard
- sand edges of wood
- lightly paint edges of the two boards and let dry
- drill a hole in the corner of each piece of wood (make sure the holes line up between the two pieces of wood)
- glue decorated paper to the outer side of the wood
- when dry, sand edges of paper to distress