Press a Flower

If you've ever wondered how to make a bloom (or a leaf) last a lifetime, here's the answer.

Press a Flower

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2006


  • Plant specimens 

  • Newsprint

  • Telephone book or flower press


  1. Gather specimens that are free of blemishes and spots.

  2. Brush off any soil. Lay flowers facedown on a sheet of blank newsprint, then fold the sheet in half (or place another sheet on top) to sandwich them. Place between pages of a telephone book; close and weight the book. (Traditionalists can use a flower press, shown here, available at crafts stores.)

  3. Let stand until flowers are thoroughly dry, 10 to 14 days. Mount specimens in frames, use them to embellish cards or stationery, or incorporate them into other crafts projects. If storing, keep in glassine envelopes in a shoe box, away from direct light.


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