How to Press Flowers and 3 DIY Projects You Can Make With Them

Updated on February 6, 2018
A pressed flower assortment for crafts and jewelry.
A pressed flower assortment for crafts and jewelry. | Source

How to Press Your Own Flowers

Pressing flowers at home is an easy way to preserve their vibrant colors! You can easily do this process with the following steps.

What You'll Need:

  • Wax paper
  • Flowers
  • Heavy book

Instructions

  1. Pick a few flowers you want to press. I recommend using colorful flowers, as white flowers tend to turn brown when pressed.
  2. Cut out a sheet of wax paper. Make sure it's twice the size of the space the flowers will take up. Immediately lay the flowers on the paper and make sure each petal and leaf lays flat.
  3. Fold the wax paper in half over the flowers. Take the whole thing and place it under a book that's heavy enough to press weight down evenly on the flower.
  4. After two weeks, the flowers and leaves you preserved will be ready to use for crafts. When pressing your own flowers, the most important step is protecting them from moisture.

Once you have the flowers ready, it's time to craft! I'm sharing three fun and lovely projects you can try using your floral accents:

  • Decorated glass bottle
  • Note cards
  • Plates and coasters

How to Press Flowers in a Microwave

Flowers can be pressed in a microwave for faster and easier results.

What You'll Need:

  • Microwave
  • Flowers
  • Coffee filters

Instructions

  1. Flatten the flowers and wrap them in a coffee filter.
  2. Microwave them in short 30-second bursts. Between each session, remove the coffee filter from the microwave and open it so the steam can escape.
  3. When the flower is completely cool, wrap and microwave it again until the process is complete.
  • Microwave flower presses are now available. They have trays that effectively flatten flowers and allow for the proper ventilation needed to make pressed flowers beautiful and colorful.

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A bottle decorated with pressed roses
A bottle decorated with pressed roses
A bottle decorated with pressed roses | Source

Flower Glass Bottles

Glass bottles decorated with pressed flowers are a simple way to decorate your home and make elegant gifts for parties and showers. Fill them with scented massage oil or bath crystals. These bottles add charm to any tabletop or nightstand.

What You'll Need:

  • Glass bottle
  • Mod Podge/other white glue
  • Sponge brush
  • Pressed flowers

Instructions

1. Start with a clean glass bottle. Wash it in the dishwasher or by hand to remove fingerprints and residue.

2. Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge on the glass with a sponge brush.

3. Arrange the pressed flowers in the glue.

4. Add a thin coat of Mod Podge on the top of the flowers. Allow the glue to dry.

5. When the glue is dry, peel off the excess, making sure you leave the flowers intact. A scrub with a steel wool pad will remove the leftover glue and make the glass sparkle.

6. Fill the bottle with your favorite product, and enjoy!

  • Do not submerge this project in water or put it in the dishwasher. The glue is not waterproof, and your flowers will wash away.

A pressed flower card with pansies
A pressed flower card with pansies | Source

Note Cards

Pressed flowers can be applied to any cardstock paper to create a thoughtful greeting card.

What You'll Need:

  • Mod Podge/white glue
  • Pressed flowers
  • Cardstock paper
  • Sponge brush

Instructions

  1. Add Mod Podge or other white glue to the card with a brush.
  2. Carefully arrange your flowers on the card.
  3. Let the glue dry, and then apply another coat on top of the flowers to seal it in.
  4. Add a handwritten note, and you have a meaningful gift!

Creating a card with pressed poinsettias or other Christmas flowers makes holiday cards affordable and memorable. Consider covering a paper bookmark with pressed flowers to give as a thoughtful present.

Pressed flower coasters give the joy of spring all year long.
Pressed flower coasters give the joy of spring all year long. | Source

Floral Plates and Coasters

Pressed flowers are beautiful when displayed in glass.

What You'll Need:

  • Glass plates/coasters
  • Pressed flowers

Instructions

  1. For a lovely plate decoration, sandwich pressed roses and baby's breath in between two glass plates. It creates an elegant display that looks stunning by candlelight.
  2. For a unique coaster set, add pressed flowers to glass coasters. You'll have a romantic set that adds to a natural woodsy theme. Just add Mod Podge to a plain coaster and set the dried flowers on it. When the glue is dry, add a thin coat of polyurethane spray to the coaster to seal the design in. Allow the coaster to dry for 24 hours, and you're done!

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        poetryman6969 

        3 years ago

        The pressed flower in a bottle makes for an interesting decoration.

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        Joy56 

        3 years ago

        Great idea....thanks.

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        Joanna Chandler 

        4 years ago from On planet Earth

        This is so beautiful tammy I love it when will you make me one and post it LOL. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub with us hubbers :)

        Have a bless Friday and God be with you.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for your visit Vocal Coach!

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        Naomi's Banner 

        5 years ago from United States

        What a wonderful idea for flower lovers. This way you don't have to give up your beautiful flowers as they drop off your garden plants. This is a well written and imfortative Hub! Great job.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I was here 8 months ago and so glad it's going around again. This is the perfect month with all the flowers in bloom to follow your instructions for pressed flowers. Such talent! Up and more again and pinning+sharing.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much Twig22bend. I hope you will give this project a try. :)

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        twig22bend 

        5 years ago

        What a great idea for glass jars with the pressed flowers. I must give it a try.

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        peachy 

        5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        wonderful and pretty natural art project. Pressed flowers do look easy to make with your hub. Thought that it would be so complicated. Very glad to stumble upon yr hub. Voted up

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for reading and sharing midget!

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        Michelle Liew 

        5 years ago from Singapore

        These glass bottles will make excellent gifts.....and a good way to recycle too! You're very artistic, Tammy!! Sharing!

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        Michelle Liew 

        5 years ago from Singapore

        These are a lovely way to use flowers instead of letting them wilt. Thanks for sharing the ideas here! Will pass them along, Tammy!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for reading Maria. The bookmarks are really pretty too and make a great quick gift. I appreciate your visit.

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        Maria Jordan 

        5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

        Tammy,

        You are so awesome of a teacher. Whenever I read a crafty article from you, I find that you have de-mystified something that previously looked impossible.

        Thank you for sharing this piece. I can see so many sentimental uses. I am now anxious to check out the linen spray hub by RHW.

        Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much Vocalcoach. It is a pleasure to see you!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much Sharyn. I hope you will catch the craft bug. :) I LOVE Ms. Stephanie's hub on cakes with those beautiful edible flowers. I have quite a few flowers if you need any.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        I knew there must be some way to use pressed flowers and sure enough - here comes your wonderful hub! This is so exciting Tammy. Can't thank you enough. Up across - sharing.

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        Sharon Smith 

        5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

        I am so impressed Tammy. This is awesome. I have got to get into some sort of craft again, it's been way too long. I love this idea. Just recently, I saw Stephanie Henkel's hub on decorating cakes with fresh flowers. Between her hub and now your awesome work here, I'm looking at flowers a whole different way. Sharing this!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for your wonderful comment Ishwaryaa. These make beautiful gift tags too. Thanks for reading!

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        Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

        5 years ago from Chennai, India

        Wow! I have heard about pressed flowers used for card-making and recently jewelry-making thanks to your beautiful hub but pressed flowers in glass bottles and coasters sound uniquely interesting! This engaging hub with clear instructions and amazing photos is definitely helpful for many creative crafts enthusiasts! Well-done!

        Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thank you too Glimmer Twin Fan!

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        5 years ago

        Hi Tammy - The hub is up. Took me a little while to figure out how to do the links, but I got it. Still learning, always will be. Thanks again for letting me link these hubs!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks teaches12345! :)

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for your comment and for all of your sharing Ruchira. I appreciate that.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        5 years ago

        Lovely post. I can see one of these in my guest room as a really sweet way to say "Welcome." Voted up.

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        Ruchira 

        5 years ago from United States

        Gosh you are brilliant and creative, Tammy.

        My GF's b'day around the corner...what better way to be creative and show off (giggle)

        voted up and sharing itacross!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Laurinzo!

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        Laurinzo Scott 

        5 years ago

        How very informative, and very beautiful . What a way to preserve something beautiful. This one is a keeper, and I think I found a new hobby... thanks!!!!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Sur Glimmer Twin! When I see it I will link yours here to. That sounds like a gorgeous idea. I think they took our contact button. Thanks!

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        5 years ago

        Hi Tammy - I was wondering if I could link this hub and your other pressed flower hub in a hub I about to finish about Flower Pounding on Fabric? Sorry about putting the request on here, I don't know how else to contact other hubbers. Thanks. - Glimmer Twin Fan

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        I am glad Ellebee! What a pretty design that would be. That would be a very thoughtful giftl

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        ElleBee 

        5 years ago

        These are very cool! My younger sister has a vintage flower theme going in her apartment, and I've been looking for an idea of what to make for her Christmas present! This might be it :)

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks unknown spy! I appreciate your kind comments.

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        IAmForbidden 

        5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

        You are my inspiration Tammy!! You're very creative and unique. ideas that are worth trying.so great.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Rosemay50. I hope you enjoy it!

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        Lightshare 

        5 years ago

        -) Nice ideas!

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        Rosemary Sadler 

        5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

        This is something I've always thought I'd like to do but never found the time, but now I'm retired it is the perfect opportunity. I am going to bookmark this page to come back to.

        Thank you

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Rajan! I remember the days..getting flowers from a secret admirerer or pressing a corsage. I still have mine. Thanks so much for your visit!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Wow! I would love to see that Alocsin! I bet that was awesome. I am a big fan of green crafting and using pressed flowers because artificial flowers just aren't great for the environment. Thanks for sharing that. I am still trying to get a mental idea of how this was done. Very neat!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for your kind words Mama Kim. This is a great craft and it is better for the environment than using plastic flowers. I appreciate your visit and pin!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        Tammy, you took me back to the time I as a child used to press flowers in my textbooks, of course without the wax paper.

        very useful and interesting ways to make these items look more beautiful. Loved the info on microwaving for pressed flowers. Such an unusual use for modern technology.

        Voted up, useful and awesome. Sharing on facebook and tweeted.

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        alocsin 

        5 years ago from Orange County, CA

        This is a beautiful way to preserve spring. I saw an unusual version of this recently. Someone had preserved complete two-foot high plants and flowers, which certainly grabbed attention from across the room. Voting this Up and Useful.

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        Sasha Kim 

        5 years ago

        I haven't pressed flowers in years! I have some cosmos in the garden right now that I want to go press ^_^ Yup, I know what I'm doing this afternoon and my 3 year old will have fun helping me. Thanks for yet another fun craft! voted up, useful and beautiful!! oohh.. pinned as well, so pretty.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        These make for pretty bottles. Thanks so much for your visit and your kind comment Cardisa!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Thelma! I don't think I have ever seen a vouguinvilla. Sounds beautiful!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        I appreciate you kind words lyricwriter! Thanks for visiting!

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        Carolee Samuda 

        5 years ago from Jamaica

        This is awesome Tammy, I love pressed flowers and often use them to make cards. I never tried the bottles before and I never knew how to press them myself. You are so artistic, you are awesome.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        5 years ago from Germany

        Awesome! It´s another creative craft I´ll be trying sometimes. I love pressing vouguinvillas in different colours. Thanks for sharing. Shared by Pinning.

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        Richard Ricky Hale 

        5 years ago from West Virginia

        Tammy, another great article. When it comes to awesome crafts, you are the gal! I never knew the many things that you can do with pressed flowers. Just another example of your talents in crafts. Love this idea. Once again, something I can do with my children which is a bonus. Very creative Tammy. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Best wishes.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for stopping by Anamika! I appreciate your read and comment.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks so much for reading and commenting Faith Reaper. I am sure they would turn out pretty.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Realhousewife! I appreciate you stopping by!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for reading and commenting Lord De Cross- and thank you for sharing. You don't ever have to worry about needed a mathematical equation to read any of my hubs. We will leave the heavy thinking to you. :) I haven't seen Ardie in some time. You should write a hub "Missing in Action, Have You Seen This Hubber." :)

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks John! It is always good to see you. Glad you enjoyed it!

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Glimmer Twin Fan. I am a craft nerd. I love flowers and the love the fact that they can be preserved and remembered. I appreciate your appreciation for pressed flowers. :)

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Lee Tea. Always glad to help out by bring back the dead. LOL!

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        Anamika S Jain 

        5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

        I have done press flower cards while I was at school, never tried it on bottles. Sounds like a fun idea. Thanks for sharing!

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        Faith Reaper 

        5 years ago from southern USA

        tammy - I've always wanted to try to press flowers, but I'm afraid mine would end up like fpherj's brown flower stuck to something! Ha. I love the pressed flower and the glass. That is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tips. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks for reading fpherj48. If you a very old flower that you would really like to use in a craft, you could spray paint if it turned brown (as long as it isn't crumbly). Otherwise, it may not work. LOL. Thanks for bringing your humor!

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        Kelly Umphenour 

        5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        I have always wanted to try making pressed flowers - they are so beautiful!

        Very cool hub Tammy! I would love to try it - I love any projects like this I can do with the girls:) excellent and everything else!

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        Joseph De Cross 

        5 years ago from New York

        Another pressed hub with so much hands on glued on how-to. This is amazing and easy to follow. Burst of 30 seconds..and taking some time to vent the microwave? This is trigonometrically awesome. We don't need much of a quadratic equation to follow your directions sweet Tammy! Where the heck is ARDIE!

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        John Sarkis 

        5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

        Hi Tammy, you never cease to amaze me - another intelligent and well written hub.

        I love flowers and this is a great idea.

        Take care and thanks for your hub. Voted up

        John

        PS. Thanks lord for sharing.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        Hi TToombs08. The crafts are very easy and oh so pretty. Hope you will give them a try!

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        5 years ago

        Blown away again by another beautiful crafting hub. Love doing anything with flowers and best of all they are free from the garden. Beautiful hub.

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        Tammy 

        5 years ago from North Carolina

        I bet the dogwoods are gorgeous bridaletter. I love pansies too. They seem to get brighter in color when they are pressed. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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        Lee Tea 

        5 years ago from Erie, PA

        Fabulous! I pressed a bunch of flowers with my kids a couple years ago, and just had no good ideas for them after that. Between this hub and your pressed-flowers and resin jewelry hub, they shall get used!! Thanks for writing, and bringing new life to my dead flowers :) voted up and across the board.

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        Paula 

        5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Tammy....aHEM! I don't suppose a fragile, brown and brittle 40 year old carnation stuck into the pages of an encyclopedia...counts as a "pressed flower" success??!! lmao Oh well.

        I give up. You are way too talented in arts & crafts for my blood. Thank heavens for people like you! Our homes would look pretty stupid decorated with paper airplanes and gum wrappers!!! UP+++

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        Terrye Toombs 

        5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

        Some great ideas, Tammy! I have always loved the look of pressed flowers. Didn't realize it was that easy. Great hub!

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        Brenda Kyle 

        5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

        I have always enjoyed pressing flowers. I pressed azaleas and dogwoods in the spring, they turn out very well. Pansies are the best. It is neat to see a new idea. Placing them on glass, I really like that idea.

        Your craft hubs are great!

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