Easy (and Beautiful!) DIY Pressed Flower Art

I would recommend picking at least two of each type of flower that you pick, so that you have options once they have been pressed.

CYA– don’t trespass to pick flowers from someone’s yard. I only picked along unattended fence lines to be sure not to go in anyone’s territory.

2 Choose your book

This might be the easiest part of the whole process. You literally just pick any book that you don’t mind messing up just a little. The books aren’t badly damaged, but flowers have a decent amount of moisture that seeps into the pages as the flower dries out. This causes a bit of wrinkling and discoloration to pages closest to the flower. I would choose a book that you aren’t planning on reading or have already read if the wrinkles will bother you.

3 Press!

Okay, maybe this is the easiest part. What do you think? You simply place the flowers onto a page somewhere in the middle of your book and close it!

Lantana about to be pressed.
This lantana is ready to be pressed. You can see the page distortion from a couple of flowers that I had pressed on pages further back in the book.

4 Weigh down the book

Now this part may look a little silly. You just might have to deal with a messy looking pile of things on your book. I found my cast iron skillet set to be the perfect weight to close the pages of the book, but not be so heavy that I need help moving it. It does look a little silly though. The things we do for crafts. I’m sure Alex is glad this one is over; he is not a fan of clutter.

Cast iron skillets make the perfect weight for pressing flowers!
Here are two of my cast iron skillets squishing my book closed.

5 Wait…

After 3-5 days, your flowers will be ready to frame! The longer that you wait on this, the better. The flowers will get thinner and thinner as the days go by. It’s so hard not to peek after the first day, but I would recommend waiting a few days before checking on the flowers. If you open the book while the flowers still have moisture, they may stick to the pages and pull petals off.

Pressed Indian Paint Brush
This Indian Paint Brush is flat and ready to frame!

6 Frame

This part was so much fun! I did run into a couple of challenges when I did this, so here are my tips to make this simple process even easier!

This frame is from Michaels.
I got this frame from Michaels.

-If you have flowers like my clovers pictured below, you might have a hard time getting thinner flowers to stay in place once you go vertically. This definitely shows the importance of letting those thick flowers press a little longer.
-You will have SO many fingerprints on this glass. I did my best to get all of the fingerprints off of the outside, but I’m just hopeful that no one gets close enough to them to really see the number on the inside. I’m really not sure how I could have avoided fingerprints on the inside any more than I did.
-Once you get the flowers arranged how you want, put the top frame over carefully so as to not move any of the flowers you have arranged. Keep the glass horizontal and pressed tightly until you are able to slide it into the frame. Keep the whole project horizontal until the glass is completely in place in the frame, then slowly and carefully invert the frame to upright.

1 of my 2 frames
This is one of the two frames that I made!
2 of 2 frames
Here is the second one that I made. This one is a little more minimalist, but I like the attention is draws to the Indian Paintbrush.

Now you have a beautiful piece of art that you made yourself! It was so simple and only cost me about $20 totals for both frames. Wildflowers are free! I hope you enjoyed this craft.