How To Press Flowers

Time: 10 minutes + 4-6 week wait time
Materials: flowers, scissors, blotting paper, heavy book

How To Press FlowersAs I’m sure you know by now (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I absolutely love flowers. The only part that I don’t love about them is having to toss out wilted blooms after a week or so. Instead of pitching my latest bouquet, I decided to press my favorites stems and petals so that I could have them to craft with in the future!

How To Press FlowersIt’s best to press flowers when they’ve been freshly picked. I found these stems throughout the neighborhood, but if you happen to buy yours, I recommend pressing the same day you take them home.

How To Press FlowersIf you don’t have blotting paper, you can also use wax paper. Paper towels may leave an impression on your flowers (if textured), and newspapers tend to shed ink.

How To Press FlowersDepending on how you plan to use your dried flowers, you may want to snip your stems. This step is completely optional and will vary depending on the type of flower you’re working with.

How To Press FlowersPlace flowers between two sheets of blotter (or wax) paper, making sure the petals do not touch one another.

How To Press FlowersPosition your paper at the back of a heavy book and close. You’ll want to leave your flowers alone for about 4-6 weeks (try not to peek!). The longer the press time, the longer they’ll be able to retain their coloring when exposed to the sun again.


I’ll be back next month with a project using these exact flowers, so stay tuned!

  • Erica

    Oh darn I wish you had posted this a week earlier or a customer gave me wildflowers a week later. I just pressed some flowers for the first time on Tuesday and I did so many things wrong, ugh.

    Oh well, now I know better for next time.

    Thank you!

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Oh no, talk about unfortunate timing! I’m sure they will still come out okay though :)

      • Erica

        Maybe not, I keep peeking at them. :)

        • Rachel Mae Smith

          That’s such great news! May I ask, what did you do differently?

  • My Soulful Home

    Really lovely Rachel…found u thru Creative Stumblers. Stumbled & pinned all around!

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Oh yay, so happy you found me Kelly! Thank you so much for your support and kind words!

  • Tan

    Oh so fun! I think I still have some pressed 4 leaf clovers in my parents’ massive old bible from 20+ years ago

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      hah yeah you do! Here’s hoping I see that baby in a craft project soon :)

  • Poppytalk

    so pretty!

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Thank you so much :)

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Wax paper! Again, something so simple I had no idea about. This is fantastic Rachel, especially with the suspense you’re creating with making us wait a month to see how they turn out!!

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Thanks Amy! And I think I created too much suspense for myself too! I can’t wait to see what they look like in August :)

  • Lizzy

    oh gosh, a post about flowers AND making them last forever? yes pls.

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Yay! Glad you liked the post Lizzy!

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  • Regina Melo

    People have been doing this for ages, and it looks great, but I can’t see myself doing this to flowers when they are so alive, like this beautiful, beautiful bouquet you put together, it’s so beautiful that I ‘pin’ it to my pinterest :)

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      I know– it is hard! I think the end results, especially with the craft I have in mind, might just be worth it. At least this once :)

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  • Laura Jane Atelier

    I am totally going to try this!