Friday, June 25, 2010

Pressing Flowers




Pressed flowers are like delicately preserved memories. If properly treated, they should retain their colour without turning brown. Pressing flowers is a great school holiday activity, the kids will love pressing flowers and there are endless things you can do with the flowers once they are pressed. The instructions for pressing flowers below are from Homelife.

What you will need:

• Flower press
• Cardboard
• Blotting paper
• Plain white paper
• Flowers for pressing - such as bougainvillea, pansy, lavender or roses



Instructions:


• Layer cardboard and blotting paper on the baseboard of a press.


• Follow with plain white paper, the flower, more white paper, more blotting paper and, lastly, cardboard (to press several flowers simultaneously, repeat the layers).


• Add the top board and tighten evenly.


• Change the blotting paper and tighten the plate every second day.

Tips: You can use newspaper as a substitute for blotting paper and an old telephone book for a flower press.

If you don't have a flower press, you may want to make your own, following these instructions from ehow:


What You Need:

• 2 pieces of scrap plywood or other thin wood
• 10 to 15 pieces of cardboard squares
• 20 to 26 pieces of watercolor or blotting paper
• 4 wing nuts with washers
• 4 4-inch screws
• Drill with bit to match

Instructions: 

• Cut both pieces of wood to the desired size. Consider the size of plants you want to press in your flower press. 12 by 12 is a manageable size to work with.

• Drill four holes in each corner of the wood pieces. Use the same size bit as the screws you intend to use.


• Trim the cardboard down to size so that it will fit between the pieces of wood. The corners will need to be trimmed at an angle to make room for the screws to go through the wood pieces only.

• Repeat the same trimming process with the blotting paper.

• Alternate the layers of cardboard and blotting paper and stack between the wood pieces as follows: cardboard, 2 pieces of blotting paper and cardboard. Continue this pattern for as many layers as you like.

• Collect flowers to be pressed and place them between the two pieces of blotting paper and cardboard. Continue layering.

• Slide the screw up from the underside of the press and slide the washer and wing nut on the exposed screw. Tighten the wing nut onto the pieces of wood. (This tightening is the process that presses the flowers.)

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