Step 1: Pick the flowers & leaves that you want to press. I love this process; it’s a great way to feel the season. But if you pick any wild flowers/leaves please respect nature. I always pick only the amount that I actually use, no more.
Step 2: Try pressing them as soon as possible. Once you get all your flowers/leaves place a piece of blotting paper on a piece of folded newspaper & then lay the flowers/leaves on the blotting paper. As none of the flowers & leaves should overlap make sure that they have enough space between them.
Step 3: Carefully sandwich them with another piece of blotting paper & folded newspaper on top. If you have more flowers/leaves to press place another piece of blotting paper on this newspaper & repeat.
Step 4: When you finish placing all the flowers/leaves between blotting paper, carefully put this pile on a book (or magazine, children’s book etc) sandwich the pile with another book. Keep this in a plastic bag with a pack of silica gel (if you have one) to help create a dry and stable atmosphere. Rest a heavy book on top of it & leave it for a week or so. (You can of course substitute the books with your own D.I.Y or professional press, but books are more readily available and how we started!) I can understand that you would feel a craving to see how the flowers/leaves are doing but for a beautiful result it’s the best not to touch it until it’s ready as things are quite delicate before fully dry!
Step 5: After a week finally you can open it! But you still need to make sure that everything is completely dry. If it still feels moist, change the newspaper & add new silica gel if needed. Leave them in the bag for another week or so.
This method is only an example of how we make pressed flowers. It’s not definitive and there are a few other techniques that can be found. This is just a method that worked well for us so hope it helps if you are looking to start pressing your own flowers :)