Learn to press your own flowers
PRESSED flowers are excellent for making laminated bookmarks. They’re easy to make too; all you need is a press. A press is made up of layers of pressing paper sandwiched between two pieces of wood. The wooden lid and top are “pressed” together by four screws.
As the screws tighten, the flowers and leaves inside are compressed and the liquid runs into the paper. After a few days, you unscrew the press and remove your preserved and flattened flowers and leaves.
Presses are sometimes found in shops but you may not be able to find one that you like but you can make your own.
What you need to make the press:
> Two pieces of wood that are the same size. A good beginner’s press is 25cm by 25cm and 1cm to 2cm thick. > An electric drill > Four 7cm to 10cm long screws with wing nuts
To make and use your press: