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

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Tammy is a paralegal, an experienced freelance writer, a mother of four, and a crochet enthusiast.

Here is a pressed flower assortment for crafts and jewelry.

Here is a pressed flower assortment for crafts and jewelry.

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


  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


  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.

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


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.

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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.
This is a pressed flower card with pansies.

This is a pressed flower card with pansies.

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


  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.

Floral Plates and Coasters

Pressed flowers are beautiful when displayed in glass.

What You'll Need:

  • Glass plates/coasters
  • Pressed flowers


  1. For a lovely plate decoration, sandwich press 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. Allow the coaster to dry for 24 hours, and you're done!


poetryman6969 on March 16, 2015:

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

Joy56 on February 08, 2015:

Great idea....thanks.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on October 03, 2013:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 22, 2013:

Thanks so much for your visit Vocal Coach!

Naomi's Banner from United States on June 03, 2013:

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.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 02, 2013:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 02, 2013:

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

twig22bend on May 28, 2013:

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

peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 28, 2013:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 07, 2013:

Thanks so much for reading and sharing midget!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on January 06, 2013:

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

Michelle Liew from Singapore on December 02, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 24, 2012:

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

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 23, 2012:


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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 12, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 12, 2012:

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.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on September 12, 2012:

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.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on September 12, 2012:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 29, 2012:

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

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on August 28, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 28, 2012:

Thank you too Glimmer Twin Fan!

Claudia Porter on August 28, 2012:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 28, 2012:

Thanks teaches12345! :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 27, 2012:

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

Dianna Mendez on August 27, 2012:

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

Ruchira from United States on August 27, 2012:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 27, 2012:

Thanks Laurinzo!

Laurinzo Scott on August 27, 2012:

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!!!!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 27, 2012:

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!

Claudia Porter on August 26, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 24, 2012:

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

ElleBee on August 24, 2012:

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 :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 23, 2012:

Thanks unknown spy! I appreciate your kind comments.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 23, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 22, 2012:

Thanks Rosemay50. I hope you enjoy it!

Lightshare on August 22, 2012:

-) Nice ideas!

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 22, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 21, 2012:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 21, 2012:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 21, 2012:

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!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 21, 2012:

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.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on August 21, 2012:

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.

Aloe Kim on August 21, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 21, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 21, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 21, 2012:

I appreciate you kind words lyricwriter! Thanks for visiting!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on August 21, 2012:

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.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on August 21, 2012:

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

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on August 20, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

Thanks Realhousewife! I appreciate you stopping by!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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." :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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. :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on August 20, 2012:

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

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 20, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 20, 2012:

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!

Joseph De Cross from New York on August 20, 2012:

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!

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on August 20, 2012:

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


PS. Thanks lord for sharing.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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

Claudia Porter on August 20, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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!

Lee Tea from Erie, PA on August 20, 2012:

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.

Suzie from Carson City on August 20, 2012:

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+++

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 20, 2012:

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

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on August 20, 2012:

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!