Make Your own Flower Press. How do you press a flower in a flower press? First, make a wooden flower press with these easy step-by-step instructions. One of the easiest ways of preserving fresh flowers for ever.
There's also instructions on how to press your flowers in your wooden flower press.
You can make all sorts of wonderful gifts.
Gifts like greeting cards, book marks, invitations or even a picture to
hang on the wall.
So collect all your flowers and don't forget leaves,
because they to can be pressed too! Follow these step-by-step
How to Make a Flower Press
Things You Need to Make Your own Flower Press:
Two pieces of ply wood, each piece ½ inch (1.3 cm approximately) thick, measuring 14 inches square ( 35.6 cm square approximately) with four holes drilled in each corner ½ inch (1.3 cm) away from the sides.
4 bolts. The length of bolts should be no shorter than 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) Remember the thickness of the paper and the flowers.
4 winged nuts to fit the bolts. This is to screw the press down with.
8 washers to fit the nuts. This is to put between the ply wood and the bolts.
Lots of kitchen towels. This is to soak the moisture from the flowers and leaves.
Lots of newspaper cut to the size of the plywood.
Once you have cut the wood to size and drilled the 4 holes, (or better still, get somebody to do it for you) insert a washer onto a bolt and insert into a hole you drilled. Repeat this for all 4 bolts. When finished you should have a piece of wood with 4 bolts sticking upwards.
And that's all there is to it!
How to Press Flowers
Method For Pressing Flowers:
Now that you have made your flower press, it's time to prepare the press for pressing flowers.
To press flowers in your flower press place a piece of newspaper and kitchen towel on the wood, then fill this with your chosen flowers. Remember that the flowers cannot touch each other.
Cover the flowers with a layer of kitchen towel andnewspaper.
When you have
filled your press with flowers or leaves, place the second piece of wood on top.
With the other 4 washers you have left, place one on each of the bolts, then take the 4 winged nuts and screw the wood down tightly.
Check every few days to see if the kitchen towel is damp; if it is,
carefully change the kitchen towel for dry ones and place the flowers
back. Then tighten the press again.
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Do You Press Your Own Flowers?
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