How to Make a Flower Press

Build a simple, wooden flower press to preserve the color and integrity of your favorite plants. 

By Hannah Kincaid and Jake LaSorsa
Winter 2016-17

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A wooden flower press is simple to make and is a helpful tool for preserving botanical samples from the wild or from your own backyard. These presses have historically been used for preserving herbarium specimens, where the dried plants can be studied along with the samples’ species name, field observations, and collection date. You can use your plant specimens in this manner; or you can frame them to hang as wall art; or mix the dried petals into homemade candles or paper; or add them to glass pendants for nature-inspired jewelry or suncatchers. A preserved plant can also help record a memory of a special occasion, such as a pressed flower from a bridal boutonniere or a birthday bouquet.

This plant press is 12-by-12 inches, but you can easily adjust the size if you’d like it to be smaller for taking into the field, or larger for big plant samples — stem and all.



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