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How to Press Botanicals for Inexpensive Artwork

Pressing botanicals is a simple and easy way to add artwork to your home. The creative possibilities are endless and inexpensive.
Prep Time1 hr
Active Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs


  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Tweezers(Optional)


  • 2 pieces Cardstock
  • 1 pieces Backing Paper Can use cardstock
  • Several Flowers and Leaves Use a variety
  • 1 stick Hot Glue
  • 1 Picture Frame


  • Place botanicals between bardstock on ironing board. Make sure the leaves or flowers are laying flat against the bottom piece of cardstock.
  • Press botanicals with a warm iron. Check frequently to make sure they don't get overheated and discolored.
  • Attach botanicals to backing paper using hot glue. Only a few drops are needed.
  • Place botanicals in frame
  • Enjoy your artwork!


Additional Tips
  1. Practice on some extra flowers first. Don't start by trying to press your favorite flowers...especially if you have a limited supply.
  2. Different flowers and leaves will require different amounts of time to dry under the iron. I would check them frequently to avoid overheating them and causing them to turn black. This happened to me a few times.
  3. Once the flowers are dried, they will be more delicate and easier to break. Even if some of my flowers broke, I could still piece some of them together on the backing paper using hot glue.
  4. Keep some tweezers handy just in case they stick to the cardstock. They will make them easier to remove.