Pressed Flowers - The Dainty Squid

Pressed Flowers

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Even though our weather has been crazy, hot one day and freeeeezing the next, I'm still excited about it because things are blooming! I've been itching to get back outside and pressing plants again since all winter long the only thing I could find were ferns (nothing wrong with ferns, they actually might be my favorite thing to press!) I absolutely love looking through things I've gathered so much. A lot of them I can recall right where I was and who I was with when I found them but even the ones that I can't are still special.
I'm sure this will kind of become a regular-ish (maybe monthly?) feature around here this summer - showing off my recent pickings. I love looking through them, sorting them, arranging them and of course, photographing them!

Do you press plants?
xoxo

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  1. OH my goodness, I haven't pressed flowers since I was little. So so fun & something I can now do with the monkeys (thanks for the memory).

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  2. Is it too weird I do the very same thing? :) Your collection is beautiful, I wish I could browse through your notebook!

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  3. This look really well-preserved. How do you press them? I've always wanted to get kinda pro with this, but I don't have any equipment.

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    1. I put them between layers of paper towels and then put something heavy on them for a few days.
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  4. i press flowers! but they are store bought ones, i always have a vase of flowers around the house and feel awful throwing them away. so i try and save my favorites!

    i think im going to frame a few this year.

    http://bythelock.blogspot.com

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  5. Have you tried placing them onto a piece of fabric and covering them with a bit of paper and then hammering them with an actual hammer. They leave lovely impressions of themselves. Some are better than others. I rather like doing pansies myself.

    viv in nz

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    1. Nope, I haven't tried that! But i will certainly keep it in mind! :)

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  6. Pressing flowers is something I've really been wanted to do this year but I've never done it before. Do you have any tips? I just started a new blog this month and once I get into it-pressing flowers that is-I was planning on making it a bi-weekly feature! I love the variety of yours!

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    1. I have a few tips, I'll write a post about it soon! :)

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  7. I don't press flowers, but I think you have inspired me 2! :) They look so pretty all together in your book!

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  8. Ah! Gorgeous! I recently blogged about my pressed flowers as well! And will be doing it more often as I get more results. I also love your book, the brown paper is amazing! I love the contrast with the flowers and the overall look of it! So beautiful! Can't wait to see more!
    ♥ Anne

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    1. I know, don't they look so awesome against the brown paper. Such a good contrast! :D

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  9. They look really pretty with the book, I only press flowers that have a meaning to me but maybe you have inspired me to press all of my favorite flowers. Which is probably all of them. Did you glue them on the paper after pressing?
    chamomiledealer.blogspot.com

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    1. Nope, they just float around in my notebook until I find some other project to do with them. Plus I really like arranging them all the time. ;)

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    2. I was also going to ask this :) I'd love to try this again, I haven't pressed flowers since I was 5.

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  10. Beautiful! I press flowers on occasion, but this post makes me want to do so more often. :)

    After you press them, and then arrange them, do you glue them down in that display, or do you just leave them loose in the book?

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    1. I don't glue them, they just float around in my notebook until I find some other project to do with them. Plus I really like arranging them all the time. ;)

      (Sorry to copy and paste the answer from above but I didn't want to ignore your comment!)

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  11. I always pick things up on my daily walks, but I never know what to do with them, so they usually end up on the ground some where new. This is a great idea! So pretty, I might have to press some lovely finding next time I go for a walk! Thanks for sharing!

    Do you collect them in your hand as you go? Or do you have some awesome bag/container to collect things in? I imagine you carrying your flowers in something adorable. :) Have a lovely day!

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    1. I guess I like pre-press them by putting them in a little notebook as I gather them and then I transfer them to where they get pressed when I get home.

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  12. I absolutely love pressed flowers I'm always looking out for them when I'm thrifting.
    My mum has pressed flowers from her wedding bouquet

    Vintage-hoot.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I've always wanted to press flowers, I remember trying when I was young but I did them in...wax paper maybe? I can't remember but I remember I left them under a book for a looong time and came across them and excitedly peeled the paper open to find moldy flowers and paper :( I'm very allergic to mold so it freaked me out and I haven't tried since haha, I was just a kid though! I def would love to try this again! Thanks for inspiring, as always Kaylah! :)

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  14. I started pressing some flowers last year after being given a press for Christmas and I really enjoyed doing it. The only issue, if you could call it that, that I had is not knowing what to really do with them once i'd pressed them. They just looked a little lifeless in the notebook I had.

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  15. Beautiful! I would very much like to do this but I wonder though, do they develop mould after you keep them for a long time? If so, how do you prevent that? <3

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    1. Nope, because by pressing them you're pushing all of the water out so there is nothing to get moldy. Of course, if you don't thoroughly dry them they'd get moldy.

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  16. I do press plants, flowers mostly. They are stuck in between random book pages and it's always a sweet surprise when you flip through the pages and a random pressed flower floats out.

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  17. ahh, I have been pressing flowers with my grandma ever since I was very little. I still have flowers in a press from my grandma's garden from when I was about five. I love love love it.

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  18. I have a little collection of pressed 4, 5, and 6-leaf clovers I found with my dad!

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  19. Ah! I forgot about pressing flowers. Interest resparked, thank you, lovely.

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  20. A trillium!?! :D My friend's family has a ton of those on their property in Zelienople. I haven't seen any around this area though!!

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  21. I collect leaves when I go out of town or vacation. Ill bring them home, press them and save them. They're my souvenirs.

    All of yours are so pretty.

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  22. I loved the idea of pressing flowers and plants, although I'm kinda afraid of... Hurting them? :P I just love them so much. :)
    Is there any specific paper I should use? :)

    Beautiful pictures.
    Thanks a lot!

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    1. hurting them? Hehe, so cute!

      I just put them between a layer of paper towels and then put heavy books on top of them for a few days and TA-DA pretty pressed flowers! :)

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  23. I love how you arrange the plants! It accents them and makes them look even prettier, I think. Very nice!

    I don't press flowers, but I do press leaves. Whenever my parents and I would go to North Carolina when I was little, we'd gather the autumn leaves. The leaves don't change colors here in Florida, so it was a novelty to us. We have a bunch of books on one of our shelves that are just full of these. They bring back so many memories though. :)

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  24. YES! Please make this a monthly thing. I love 'em. I gotta start pressing my own. :D

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  25. Oh Wow, I really like this. I used to press four leaf clovers and put them in my text books for other kids to find when I was in high school. Maybe I should start doing this again.

    I have a heart shaped leaf on my desk that I picked up last fall that I absolutely adore.

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  26. I do press plants! I haven't had the chance to do it recently, but I was inspired after you first posted yours a few months ago. I have been meaning to do it, but I need to get a nicer journal for it since the one I am using doesn't match the "look" to me at all!

    - Lindsay

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  27. Never thought to press mushrooms. Genius!

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  28. Love this! I'm a plant biologist (in training) and I have a little notebook just like this! I stick mine down and write the species, the date and everything - its lovely to look back on!

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  29. Such a lovely display of pressed plants! I want to do it myself but somehow it never happens...

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  30. Wow this is beautiful! I love it! I can't wait to start my own pressed flower notebook!

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  31. Gorgeous! Those specimens look amazing against that natural brown kraft paper <3

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  32. Love your pressings! What kind of book do you use?????

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  33. I pressed the flowers from my grandmother's funeral, just so I can have it as some sort of keepsake during my wedding in August of 2013. I've been holding on to them since June 2008 when the memorial took place.

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  34. I've been pressing flowers all spring! It's crazy because every week new flowers come up! Have you tried learning all their names? I thought that would be a lovely project this summer - learn and identify local flora/fauna!

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  35. Some of your pages are so inspiring! Sadly enough, living in the city doesn't provide much flowers. But whenever I come across one, it goes right into my sketchbook.

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  36. i used to press flowers alot :) then make cards with them... but often i would play with the shapes and make patterns. arranging them is really fun :)

    Barnicles

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  37. I think I will start pressing and blogging on my blog!!!

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  38. what a beauty-full selection!:-)

    i love remembering where i was and who i was with as i look through them...glad to know that somebody else does too:-)

    thanks for letting us see:-)

    rebekah:-)

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  39. These pictures are beautiful Kaylah. They make me really want to go and press some stuff myself!

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  40. These are beautiful, I want to go and collect some flowers to press now.

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  41. Thank you! so much inspiration was brought to me! Is There
    a way to glue them to a book without damaging them?
    Thanks!

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