DIY Pressed & Framed Flowers

I just moved into a new apartment and wanted to create some art work for the walls. There is something I love about having my own creations up around the house, unfortunately my foray into painting resulted in some lack luster water colors I wasn't keen on showing off. I had the idea to use real pressed flowers as it required little skill and I also wanted to bring in more elements of nature into my Brooklyn abode. I loved the result and wanted to share the process. This is also a great way to hold onto flowers that have sentimental value such as wedding bouquets.

Step 1: Chose your flowers. I bought mine from my local grocery store. The less moisture they have the better. You also want the flowers to be very fresh, ideally in bud form or freshly bloomed. I chose limonium and alstroemeria. I wanted two distinctly different flowers but chose them in the same color family. The alstroemeria had quite a bit of moisture so required a bit more effort and time to press out the water, just something to keep in mind.

Step 2: Bring em home and clip away any excess leaves, stems, or buds. I placed them in the frame and cut away any bits that wouldn't fit and also took away some leaves and buds off the alstroemeria, to make it easier to press and to get the look I was after.

Step 3: You have two options on how to dry them out. You can place the flowers between paper towels and press them between heavy books for a few weeks to let them dry out or, if like me, you lack the patience that requires, you can iron out the excess water following the directions in step 4.

Step 4: For this you will need an iron, an ironing board/iron safe surface, a medium size piece of cotton cloth like a pillow case or dish towel, as well as the flower you wish to press.

  • Set the iron to a low heat setting. Make sure there is absolutely no water in the iron.
  • Place the flower between two pieces of cloth on an iron safe surface. 
  • Once the iron is warm, press it on top of the top layer of cloth for 30 seconds, working in increments starting from the buds moving down the stem. Do not glide the iron over the flower, simply press it with a good amount of pressure. Depending on the type of flower this could take 5 minutes or 30+ minutes. 
  • Wait for the fabric to cool before checking on the flower. 
  • Once the flower is completely stiff and dry(it must not have any moisture to it at all) it is ready to be framed. 

Step 5: Frame the flowers. I bought my frames online, you can find similar ones here, but just about any frame will do.

Hope you enjoyed and maybe got inspired to tackle a DIY of your own! If you do try this out let me know what you think, and if you take a photo tag me on instagram @bykindlykate #bykindlykate.