How to Press Roses
Although beautifully distinctive, the delicate splendor fades quickly. To preserve the beauty of rose blossoms, you might press them to use later. Pressing roses correctly preserves both scents and colors to enable you to use them in craft projects and for decorating purposes. After you finish the pressing process to create dried and pressed rose blossoms, you can use them in a variety of ways around your home, from sachets to homemade paper crafts.
Things You'll Need
- Shallow container
- 1 Packet commercial flower perservative
- White vinegar
- Shallow bowl
- Large heavy books
- Plain paper
- Clear craft sealant
Cut roses from their stems early in the day for optimal freshness. Choose partially open roses, clipping the flowers directly under the bud to completely remove the stem.
Fill a shallow container with about 2 inches of water and add 1 packet of commercial flower preservative. Place the flowers in the water, petals facing up. Let the roses sit in the water for ten minutes.
Remove the flowers from the water and discard the water. Pour about 2 inches of white vinegar into a shallow bowl. Hold the stem of the flower, dip the petals into the vinegar quickly and then remove the blossom. Allow the rose blossoms to dry for about 30 minutes.
Open a large, heavy book to the center. Place one piece of newspaper on each side of the book on the open pages and one sheet of plain paper over each sheet of newspaper. Set the rose on the white paper on one side of the book. Arrange the petals with your fingers to make them flat, starting from the back or lower petals. Close the book slowly to press the blossom between the pages.
Place the book on a shelf with several more books on top of it for additional weight. Make sure the pressure from the books distributes evenly across the book. Allow the rose blossom to dry for two weeks.
Open the book carefully and remove the papers surrounding the rose. Check the rose to ensure the entire blossom appears dry. If the petals still have moisture, return the blossom to the book and allow it to dry for several more days until the petals feel uniformly dry.
Wear gloves to protect your hands from the clear sealant spray. With the rose still positioned on the white paper and newspaper, spray it with the sealant to finish preserving it. Allow the sealant to dry for fifteen minutes. Peel the rose off the paper and spray the back of the rose. Allow the rose to dry for fifteen minutes.
- Don't disturb the petals more than necessary because they will tear, break and separate from the rose.