Step 1: Pick the flowers & leaves that you want to press. We love this process; it’s a great way to feel the season. But if you pick any wild flowers/foliage please respect nature. We always pick only the amount that we actually use, no more. Try to start pressing everything as soon as possible after picking to help preserve the natural colours and shapes as you found them.
Step 2: Once you have got all your flowers/foliage 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/foliage 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, wooden board etc) and sandwich the pile with another book/board (this should make everything easier to handle without disturbing the flowers/leaves if you have to move things). Rest your big heavy book on top of this pile somewhere flat, preferably in a dry out-of-the-way environment & leave it for a week or so. We 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- so have a careful peek first. If it still feels moist, carefully remove and change the newspaper from your pile (this way you can leave the flowers/leaves mostly undisturbed between the blotting paper) & leave for another week or so.
After this and everything is completely dry you should have a selection of beautiful pressed flowers! How flat and thin they are will depend on how much weight you put on top of your pile, but we find this is a matter of preference that you will pick up as you go.
This method is only an example of how we press flowers. It’s not definitive and there are a few other techniques that can be found. (You can of course substitute the books/wooden boards in this guide with your own D.I.Y or professional press or any other kind of flat weight/object, but books are generally more readily available and how we started!) Hope this helps if you are looking to start pressing your own flowers :)