Drying Flowers: Preserve Your Favorite Blooms With These Simple Steps

Learn how to press flowers from the garden.

Fresh flowers ready for pressing.

Fresh flowers ready for pressing.

Sometimes flowers are just too pretty to last just a few days or weeks. Often I snip a few lovely blossoms from the garden and press them, drying them for later use. I add them to note cards, jewelry and artwork. The process itself is simple. There are professional flower presses on the market, but I find a large book works just as nicely.

Supplies:

  • Large Book
  • Fresh flowers
  • Two sheets of wax paper or plain white paper
  • Paper towels

Follow the steps in the photo gallery below to learn more about the process.

Flower-Drying How-To

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Gather Your Blooms

Pick your flowers and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Spread Them Out

Open a large book to the middle. Place a sheet of wax paper inside and place the flowers on top. For larger flowers, try placing them on their side or face down.

Take Cover

Cover the flowers with the second piece of wax paper and close the book. You can place extra books on top of this book for added weight.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Dried Flowers

The drying process can take up to a week or more. The higher the moisture content of the petals, the longer the process. When ready for use, simply open the book and gently slide your flowers off the wax paper.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

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