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Pressing Flowers

Press a few of your garden’s flowers to enjoy throughout the year. Turn these garden beauties into cards, gifts, and works of art.

Just place the leaves and flowers between pieces of craft or similar paper in a flower press or heavy book. Be sure to sandwich the flowers between sufficient layers of paper to protect the pages of your book.

Use freshly picked flowers at their peak of beauty for best results.  Arrange the leaves and petals as desired before pressing, since they dry the way you place them.

Once your flowers are placed in between the paper and pages of the book, close it, and stack a few books on top for added weight. Your dried flowers will be ready in about a month.

Store pressed flowers in paper envelopes or between sheets of paper. Place in stationary shoe boxes in a dry location.

You can purchase or make your own flower press with wood, bolts, wing nuts, cardboard, and paper.

A bit more information:  Try preserving a few flowers in silica sand and gel. This method allows you to maintain the overall look and shape of durable and delicate flowers.

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