How to Press Roses and Other Beautiful Flowers

This easy technique—which works across multiple flower types—is a wonderful way to preserve the beauty of your blooms.

If you love displaying arrangements of fragrant roses in your home, you're likely curious about ways to extend their lifespan. Instead of regularly changing the water and removing wilted petals, consider preserving a few stems while they are still fresh, instead. There are several ways to do so; some techniques include drying, while others involve coating them in resin. One of our favorite methods, however, is pressing roses (or other flowers). This project, which works across many floral varieties, is so simple—and all you'll need to turn your roses into keepsakes is a heavy book, a weight, parchment paper, and, of course, some fresh flowers.

What You'll Need


  • Flowers
  • Large book
  • Weight
  • Parchment paper


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

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

  3. Close the book, weigh it down, and leave it undisturbed for 7 to 10 days. Make sure all the moisture is gone and your flower is papery before you carefully remove it from the book.

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