I wrote about drying flowers before, but it’s time for a proper tutorial and basic information on pressing flowers by using a book. And a book is almost everything you need, so anyone can do it!
What can you dry using this method? Basically anything you find in nature that is flat. I recommend small flowers, petals and leaves, since they are good for decorating and crafting.
What to use the dried flowers for? You can use them for anything decoration related. I use mine to decorate bookmarks, but you can also use them on cards, in your diary, scrapbook or bullet journal. If you want to take it one step further, you can use them in your resin work or as decoupage material.
What to use when pressing and drying flowers? Just a book that you don’t need and some tissue paper to soak up the moisture that comes out of the flowers. Beware with the tissue paper though, as holes and wrinkles in the paper can be seen on the flowers when they’re dry. This can be a fun effect to try out, but if you just want your flowers flat and dry, make sure that the tissue paper is flat as well.
How to dry the flowers? You simply open the book on a random page, put a sheet of tissue paper on either of the open pages, and start placing your flowers on it. Make sure that they don’t overlap or get folded. It’s better to give them a lot of space than to place as many flowers as possible on one sheet. When you’re done, simply place another sheet of tissue paper on top of the flowers, and carefully close the book. If it’s a thick book, you can open it on some new pages and place more flowers in it. Once you’re done with putting flowers inside your book, make sure to leave it lying flat with weight on it. The weight can be other books or something else that’s heavy.
How long do they take to dry? Depending on how big and thick your flowers and leaves are, it takes more time for them to dry, but as a rule of thumb I always recommend at least 8 weeks. I usually don’t open the books until at least 12 weeks have passed.
On that note: Don’t open the book while your plants are drying! It’s very tempting to have a look at the progress, but letting in moist or damp air while drying is a no-go. Plants that are not fully dry might decompose, and that’s not what you want.
How to handle and store dried flowers? It’s a good idea to have a flat tweezer when handling the flowers, as they are very fragile and break easily. I recommend storing your flowers in a plastic sleeve between 2 pieces of folded paper, or in an envelope if you only want to store a small amount.
Please be aware that some flowers might lose their vibrant colors when they’re dry.
A quick tip for when crafting with dry flowers: Use glue lacquer if you want to glue the flowers onto paper. You can easily coat the paper with it using a soft paintbrush, place the dry flower on the glued area with a tweezer, and then carefully brush another coat of glue on top of the flower.