One simple method to try by pressing between books. You’ll need a book, some parchment paper or newspaper, flowers, and some heavier books to press down on top.
When choosing a book to press in, choose one that you don’t mind getting damaged. This is because when pressing, it can cause moisture to come out of the flowers which can cause the pages to wrinkle, or any harder parts of the flowers can lead to dents.
If you’re looking to press flowers without using any of your books at home, you can get hold of a press that is made up of boards and bolts to keep them together. They may differ depending on the specific one you have. But they generally involve unscrewing the boards, placing parchment or baking paper on the inside surface and positioning the flowers or foliage on top. Then, place another piece of paper on top and secure the top board. They can be left to press down for a few weeks before reopening and checking on them.
Using an iron
This is a method to speed up the process if you need the flowers quickly for a project. You’ll need flowers, parchment paper, a book, and an iron.
Get started by laying parchment paper with the flowers, topped by another piece of paper. Then, place a book on top to flatten them so they’re easier to iron.
Turn the iron on to a low heat, and once the iron has heated up, the book can be removed and the paper and flowers can be transferred to the ironing board. Use the iron to gently, press down on the paper for 15 seconds. After 15 seconds, remove the heat and allow the paper to cool. Continue doing this until the flower has dried.