One of my favorite ways to commemorate my travels is to take and press flowers or interesting leaves I find in different places. Some of the best “art” I have on my walls are the pressed flowers I’ve framed from various cities in Italy.
The flowers yesterday at the funeral were so lovely, and my mom and aunts, sister and I took flowers to press or dry. One of my aunts was a florist, and so she told me the different flowers that would press well and which to dry. One of the keys is to press or dry the flowers before they begin to die, while they still retain color.
So even though it’s hard not to want to place them in a vase, you should instead preserve them. (Of course, I say that, but mine are in a vase at the moment. I plan to press them tomorrow.)
To dry flowers:
- rubber band a bouquet together
- hang the bouquet together from a string or hang flowers individually
- hang the flowers in a dark area to preserve the color
- leave them for several weeks
- spray them with hairspray
To press flowers:
- for large flowers, separate petals and press
- for small flowers, arrange them how you like in a telephone book or other book (I use my old Norton literature editions)
- add tissue paper to absorb any of the oils or colors from the plant
- leave them to press for several weeks
- keep them for posterity or
- frame them
I think for the bouquet above, I’ll likely frame a compilation. Either way, you know I’ll let you know. 🙂
Have you pressed or dried flowers before? If so, what did you do with them?