05.18.16

PRESSED FLOWERS DIY

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

we have another gorgeous DIY project by  that we are excited to share with ya. we talk a lot around here about how to make affordable art, and this is a perfect way…pressed flowers. let’s learn how!

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

With so many flowers in full bloom right now, I can’t help but gather stems while I am out walking. I love drying and pressing these flowers to frame or use for other fun projects but instead of continuing to fill up all my books in my house, I thought I would make a DIY flower press and share how to make it! 

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

• 2 pieces of wood
• 4 bolts, wing nuts, and washers (home depot)
• 
• cardboard
• flowers for pressing

TOOLS:

• drill and drill bit
• scissors
• clamps

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

• Start by lining up your two pieces of wood and drill a hole on all four corners 1/2 inch in for the bolts.

• Slip your bolts in to make sure the whole is loose enough for the wood to slide up and down.

• Take your cardboard and newsprint and cut off the corners of each side so that there will be room for the bolts once inside the press.

• Layer the cardboard and newsprint together five sheets of newsprint to one sheet of cardboard. You can create as many layers as you want depending on how many flowers you want to press.

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

• Then place your flowers you want to press in between the layers of newsprint. 

• Once all of your flowers are placed, slip the stack of cardboard and newsprint between the wood and tighten the wing nuts. 

• Make sure to press firmly on the wood while tightening the bolts so that the flowers are really pressed. 

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest
pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

Let the flowers dry for ten days and then carefully pull the newsprint layers off to reveal your beautiful stems! Frame them for an affordable and beautiful piece of art in your home…

pressed flower DIY | alyssa hoppe for designlovefest

and don’t forget about this DIY dried floral room spray right here.

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8 COMMENTS

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    Ella says:

    I loved this, such a cute idea! I’ll have to try soon, great post!

    Ella xx

    Wild Nettle says:

    Wow I did this at school 🙂

    How did you adhere the flowers to the backboard/paper before you framed them? I attempted this using Mod Podge, but some of the glue can still be seen. Thoughts?

    Cynthia says:

    Cute! My mother gave me something similar that her friend made, only her take on it is pressed between two glass panes soldered with stained glass lead.

    Kylie Garner says:

    I love this – trying this out on my free time.

    Jessica says:

    It looks lovely x

    Kait says:

    I love this!!! This post reminds me so much of when I was a kid. We had our own little gardens and would press flowers and use them in crafts growing up.

    xo, Kait.

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