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Pressing Flowers

Pressing flowers is a wonderful way to preserve their beauty, and the process couldn't be more simple.


  • Flowers
  • Phone book
  • Parchment paper
  • Weight


  1. Step 1

    For beautiful pressed flowers, gather clean flowers free of spots or blemishes. Try collecting them on a sunny day when they are not wet from rain or dew.

  2. Step 2

    Place the flower face down in a telephone book lined with parchment paper.

  3. Step 3

    Close the book, weigh it down, and leave undisturbed for seven to 10 days. You will want to check to make sure all the moisture is gone and your flower is papery.

The Martha Stewart Show, July 2007

Reviews (1)

  • Jennifer Schorr 22 May, 2012

    Is there anything you can substitute the parchment paper for? And what would happen if you put the flowers in the phone book without anything in between them?