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Now you will need to replace all of the thin paper. As you handle it you'll notice it can get quite damp, soaking up the moisture away from the flower as it is pressed out. 

Inexpensive Wood Flower Press

Want to learn how to press flowers? Turn your gorgeous garden posies into pressed flower keepsakes easily by making a cheap DIY flower press!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cost $14


  • 9" x 12" Wood Plaques
  • 5/16 Drill Bit
  • 4 Washers – 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ Zinc-Plated
  • 4 Carriage Bolts – 1/4″ x 4″ Zinc-Plated
  • 4 Wing Nuts – 1/4″ Zinc-Plated
  • Cardboard
  • Tissue Paper or Newspaper


  • Place wood plaques flat sides together, making sure all sides are flush. Hold the 2 plaques together using bar clamps on all 4 sides.
    Bar clamps are nifty things that hold stuff together, like wood, so that you can cut, drill, or glue things together without them moving around on you.
  • Drill holes in 4 corners.
    Try to even up the pieces so the sides all match up relatively well. Place bar clamps in the middle of each of the 4 sides and secure to finger tight.
  • Run carriage bolts through each hole. Secure the 2 plaques together with first a washer and then a wing nut.
    Place a washer over the bolt in each of the four corners and secure with a wing nut.
  • Cut cardboard and fold thin paper (tissue or newsprint) to fit within the four bolt.s
    Using a craft knife and a straight edge cut pieces of cardboard to approximately 7 x 10", or whatever fits best within the bolts.
  • Layer cardboard, tissue, flowers, tissue and cardboard inside of the press.
    Open the flower press and place a piece of cardboard, then thin paper on top of the wood, in between the bolts.
  • Place the top wood piece, pretty side up, onto the layered flowers, running the bolts through the holes. Secure with washers then wing nuts until finger tight. Place in a dark, dry place replacing the tissue paper as needed and tightening the nuts every few days until flowers are fully dry.
    Place the top wood piece, pretty side up, onto the layered flowers, running the bolts through the holes.


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