How to set up an Inexpensive Flower Press
A flower press is probably the most essential item among your flower pressing tools. Unfortunately it can be quite expensive particularly if you buy it from a specialist craft shop. In any case, most flower presses are much too small to be of any real use. But luckily it’s quite easy to make your own flower press using easily obtainable and inexpensive material.
Some people press their flowers in old books or old telephone directories but I don’t advise this. It’s a cumbersome and unwieldy method because it’s so easy to dislodge and spoil the pressed flowers while putting in the new ones. Besides they tend to fall out of the pages and get lost very easily!
I have always used a very heavy, antique printer’s press made of solid iron. It works very well but presses like these are not easy to find.
One of the best ways to make a simple flower press is to use wooden boards and to weigh these down with heavy books or bricks. You could even improvise by using large tea trays or large chopping boards.
I like to use about ten 3-ply wooden boards cut to the size I need. They can be cut to even sizes by your local carpenter. The boards have to be thick enough (about 1/4 inch or 1/2 to 3/4 cm) so that they do not bend under the weight of a lot of pressing papers which can be quite considerable when piled up one on top of another. These 3-ply boards are thick enough to be strong and yet light enough so that they are easy to stack between your batches of flower pages.
In this way you can build up quite a stack of pressed flowers and you won’t have to invest in different flower presses to take up space everywhere. You’ll find that this works very well and doesn’t take up too much space.