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How To Press Roses

Most people know the time-honored methods of putting flowers in books to press and dry them. This is still the cheapest and simplest method. All you need is a heavy volume or two to get going with this. The downside is that it takes a couple weeks, and you should change the paper every couple of days. Just make sure to put a piece of blotting paper on both sides of the rose so no ink or residue gets on your petals.

You can also buy or build a dedicated flower press. There are wooden designs that are popular. This is basically two long planks of wood with a screw nut on each side. There are also more-high tech versions with specially designed porous material, that helps wick up the moisture. These are more pricy, and tougher to make on your own. You can layer the flowers between the blotting paper and cardboard, and this pile up quite a few flowers at a time. The screws allow you to really press down on these. Just remember to change out the paper every couple of days. You can buy flower presses online, and expect to pay in the region of $20 for a standard one.

There is even a microwave oven press!  I’ll admit I was a little skeptical of this one when I first heard about it. It turns out, it works more to steam out some of the moisture, before you go and put the flowers in a mechanical or book press. So it's really more of a dehydration methodology than anything. Just be sure to use short bursts on low to test it out. Or, watch the Youtube video below, that should get you off to a flying start.

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