Botanical Pressing

Botanical pressing is the process of preserving plants and flowers by pressing them between sheets of paper or other materials. This technique can be used to create beautiful and unique art pieces or to preserve plants for scientific study.


Botanical pressing has been used for centuries, with early examples dating back to ancient civilizations such as Greece and Rome. In the Middle Ages, botanical presses were used by monks and scholars to create herbals and other scientific texts.

Materials Needed:

  • Fresh or dried plants and flowers
  • Parchment paper or other absorbent paper
  • Heavy books or a botanical press
  • Iron (if using dried plants)

Botanical pressing is a technique used to preserve plants by flattening and drying them between pieces of paper or cardboard.

Here Are Some Step-By-Step Instructions For Botanical Pressing:

  1. Gather your materials: Before you begin, gather all of the materials you will need for botanical pressing, such as plants, paper or cardboard, a press (or heavy books), and a flat surface to work on.
  2. Choose your plants: Select the plants that you want to press. They should be freshly picked and still pliable. Avoid any plants that are over-ripe or diseased.
  3. Clean and prepare the plants: Before pressing, clean the plants by removing any dirt or debris. You can also trim off any excess leaves or stems to make the plant more compact.
  4. Lay out the plants: Lay out the plants between two sheets of paper or cardboard. Make sure they are arranged in a single layer and not overlapping each other.
  5. Apply pressure: Place the paper or cardboard with the plants inside the press or between heavy books. Apply pressure by tightening the bolts of the press or adding more heavy books on top.
  6. Wait and check: Wait for a few days to a week, depending on the humidity and the thickness of the plants, to check on the progress of your pressing. If the plants are still pliable, apply more pressure and wait longer.
  7. Remove the plants: Once the plants are fully dried and flattened, carefully remove them from the paper or cardboard.
  8. Store and display: Store your pressed plants in a dry and cool place, away from direct sunlight. You can also display them in a frame or mount them on a card for a decorative touch.

Note that botanical pressing can take several weeks to a month or more depending on the type of plant and the humidity in your area. Be patient and check on the progress of your pressing regularly. And make sure to label your plants with their name and the date you pressed them.

How to Press Flowers

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Got a bunch of flowers that are too beautiful to let wilt? You’ve come to the right place. Harriet Parry is showing you how to press your flowers. So you can add a long-lasting pop of color to your home. Or share a thoughtful, handmade gift with a friend.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Press plants in the morning when they are most fresh and hydrated.
  • Experiment with different types of paper to achieve different effects.
  • For dried plants, ironing them between sheets of parchment paper can help retain their shape and color.
  • Be mindful of the season when collecting plants, as different plants press better at different times of the year.

Project Examples:

  • A pressed flower bookmark made by arranging pressed flowers between layers of clear contact paper.
  • A framed pressed flower art piece made by arranging a variety of pressed flowers in a decorative pattern.
  • A pressed leaf collection for scientific study or as an educational tool for children to learn about plants.

10 Pressed Flowers Crafts

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DIY project to do with pressed flowers.

How To Dry & Press Flowers By A Homemade Device?

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In this tutorial, MOONDesign shows you how to make a DIY microwave flower press to dry and keep the true color of all of your flowers in minutes.

Creating Botanical Prints with the Heat Press

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The heat press is a WOW! when it comes to revolutionizing some aspects of botanical printing!

This video explains the basics. It’s all about heat, moisture, and direct contact, and it’s easy to adapt a press to provide the perfect environment for each of the critical components! Jane’s been using three different presses in my botanical printing experiments.

Here is a brief review and links to Heat Press Nation – a great company with reasonable prices and customer service that I’ve recently partnered with.

They have a short video to help you make the decision of which press to buy, but here are the features I use to evaluate a press:

1. Consistent pressure. Overall even pressure is really important, as is an ability to tighten pressure and change it based on the thickness of the “bundle” – Not all presses are equally uniform.

2. The speed of temperature recovery. When the press is closed the temperature slowly goes down, so a quick recovery is a valuable feature.

3. Reliable timer. I tested each press against the timer on my phone and one was off almost ten seconds, which can affect the quality of the print.

Kim Lazaroe

Hi, my name is Kim. I've always enjoyed making crafts for each holiday and season throughout the year. My fond memories are making crafts with my mom or helping my dad build something around the house. Now I get to create new crafting memories with my daughter and husband as well as share my knowledge and experience in crafting with the world. Hope you enjoy my site.

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