How to Press Flowers with a Microwave


When it comes to making pressed flowers, there is an easy way and a hard way. There is a good way and a bad way.

The most common technique is to simply place fresh flowers inside a book for several weeks or to buy a flower press like this. But it’s not the ideal way to press flowers! I actually do not recommend this technique at all!

First of all, it takes longer to press them with books. It takes up to several weeks. By pressing flowers with a microwave, you can have dried ready to use flowers in just a few minutes. Secondly, allowing the flowers to dry slowly over those several weeks will cause them to wilt and brown. But pressing flowers with a microwave with retain all their gorgeous vibrant colors!

So let’s get starting pressing flowers with a microwave! It’s easy.

how to press flowers in the microwave tutorial

Supplies to Press Flowers with a Microwave:

Fresh Flowers & Leaves
Paper Towels
Copy Paper
A Tile, Completely Flat Plate, or Ceramic Pie Weights

Tools: A Microwave

The supplies are simple and this diy will take less than 5 minutes from beginning to end.

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First start by clipping your flowers and leaves. You can include the stem, clip flowers that have leaves attached – like mini bouquets or just use flower petals on their own.

Just be sure to remove any dirt or debris and make sure your flower is clean.

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Next, fold a piece of copy paper in half and place your flowers inside. Later you will fold the paper over the flowers, so it’s like you are making a flower pocket.

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When you lay your flowers on the paper, be sure that they are laying just how you want them to dry. Unfold petals, spread petals out, or arrange bouquets to what looks good to you.

Your flowers will dry just as they are placed on the paper.

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Next place the paper towel on top of the flowers and fold your paper over the top. The paper towel absorbs the water and helps the flowers dry.

Last, place any heavy object like a tile, a heavy and flat plate, or pie weights on top of the paper and flowers. Just be sure that your weight is microwave safe.

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Microwave at 30 second intervals and check the flowers. In most cases, it will take 30 seconds to 1 minute 30 seconds to dry completely.

You will know when the flowers are done because they will be completely dry, crispy and not sticky to the touch. When the flowers are not done they will be tacky and stick to your fingers. If they aren’t quite done when you touch them, just microwave them for another round.

Now the real question is how to use your pressed flowers. I’ve included some of my favorites. 💖

Crafts You Can Make with Pressed Flowers

Add Pressed Flowers to a Journal

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Collect your own flowers on a summertime walk, and keep your memories in a stylish journal! Dried flowers are so pretty and can evoke memories of all your good times.

Make Pressed Flower Framed Art

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With just a simple and gorgeous frame, turn your pressed flowers into art for your walls! It’s so stylish and makes a great gift.

DIY Pressed Flower Phone Case

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Use a clear phone case and clear vinyl glue to affix your gorgeous pressed flowers and make a stylish Pressed Flower Phone Case! This phone is cute enough for showing off!

So what are you going to do with your pressed flowers? Tell us in the comments at tag us on Instagram so we can see how yours turned out!

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