Learn to press your own flow­ers

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HOME & LIVING -

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:

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