Picked at their peak and then preserved, beautiful pressed flowers and leaves have many decorating and craft uses. Use them to embellish cards and stationery, arrange them on paper for a lovely wall decoration, or sandwich them between glass panes to make coasters with a botanical touch.
There are a variety of plant presses available, from portable versions intended for hikers to larger ones designed for professional use. But by following the instructions below, you can even press flowers and leaves between the pages of an ordinary phone book.
Flat or fine blossoms and leaves, such as pansies, violas, verbena, Queen Anne's lace, and many ferns and herbs, press especially well. Pressed botanicals tend to fade over time, so blooms with more intense colors offer the best results.