Start by collecting clean dry flowers and laying them face down between the pages of a heavy book a telephone book dictionary or large cookbook work well. Let your flowers dry in the press for one month.
This part requires some patience.
Diy flower press. Cut two pieces of plywood in 9 by 12 inch rectangles. Today we re going to make diy pressed flowers in under 5 minutes. Add a piece of cardboard on top of the tile.
You can create your own flower press or purchase a press meant to go in your microwave. Place the flowers between two sheets of absorbent paper then press between the tiles. Add a washer to each bolt then top with a wing nut screwing each one down tight creating even pressure.
If creating your own microwave friendly flower press place a ceramic tile on a flat surface. These are easy and fun to make i already own several and the results speak for themselves. Place the flower between the two pieces of paper and much like a sandwich layer it so that it is wood paper flower paper wood.
Drill holes in each corner of the two boards. By far the simplest way to press flowers is with an old book. Now you can keep those beautiful blooms with you all year long.
Step 1 cut 2 wood squares in the size you want for your press. You can make your press any size you want it to be depending on the size of the plants you ll be pressing. Set it somewhere where it will be undisturbed for about a month.
Cut the wood with a table saw or a circular saw. Now you re ready to go cut some flowers and press away. In a pinch you can create your own microwave flower press using two ceramic tiles and rubber bands to hold the tiles tightly together.
You wont need to go tighter than your hand can tighten by itself. Here s how to make and use your own wooden flower press. Heat for 30 to 60 seconds at a time allowing the materials to cool before repeating.
Close the book and place several heavy books on top of it. From there add a sheet of paper and the flower. Slide your bolts in and thread the nuts on tight.
Then drill over your pencil marks through both boards at about 1 in from the corner on all four sides. Make a diy flower press first cut or purchase two identical pieces of wood and measure about 1 in from the edge of your wood corners with a pencil. Between 8 12 inches 20 30 cm should be big enough for most projects 1 x research source for best results choose wood that is 3 4 inch 1 9 cm or 1 inch 2 5 cm thick step 2 measure 1 inch 2 5 cm diagonally from each corner on both boards.
Be sure they line up properly when stacked. I ve seen lots of different methods on preserving flowers all which take way to. Place the top piece of wood onto the press by threading the bolts through the holes.
Open the flower press and place a piece of cardboard then thin paper on top of the wood in between the bolts. Don t overlap the petals of one flower to another s though the stems overlapping doesn t seem to be much of a problem. Lay out cut flowers on top of the thin paper taking care to place them how you d like them to be pressed.
Mark the spot.