Pressed flowers are a beautiful and meaningful gift to give someone, no matter the relationship. I have never met a person whose smile hasn’t beamed at me when I have gifted them flowers. Going by the Country Diary, flower pressing is one of the few crafts left that is so easy to master and so many creative possibilities remain vast with it. Even collecting the flowers to press is a joy in itself.
One thing is to never pick wildflowers as some are protected. Therefore, the best thing to do is go to the florists and pick as many your heart desires. Another plus side, is depending on where you go, flowers can be extremely cheap.
The actual process of flower pressing needs very few materials and if you don’t fancy buying them, then you can DIY it with two very heavy books if you own any and two pieces of card. If you don’t own any books then you can use heavy pieces of furniture (just try not to forget the flowers underneath it!). The fully pressed flowers only take up to four weeks, that’s the same amount of time some plants need to develop a shoot during spring time.
After the flower is pressed, another endless opportunity arises, you can either gift it as it is; pop in a beautiful glass bottle you have reused; turn it into a bookmark by laminating it; if you have a talent with woodwork or glass then it can be suspended in time for jewelry or simply frame it.
Flowers are so beautiful and delicate that the only downside to these creations is that they wilt and wither and some people believe that they are an impersonal gift. On the contrary, with the right flower choice (such as finding out someone’s favourite flower or if they don’t have one, then finding one that you think best describes them) then it can be a massively personal gift, especially if pressed, that way they can be a keepsake.
Flower pressing is an art and something that has always fascinated me. The fact that such delicate beauties can hold a memory or a feeling and can be kept to cheer oneself up. I wish you happy flower picking and pressing!