You can press all sorts of flowers using a regular household iron. It is one of the simplest and fastest ways of preparing beautifully pressed flowers that are ready to use in a variety of projects.
If you want to know more about the world of flower pressing, why not read our complete guide to flower pressing?
Using a steam iron for pressed flowers is cheaper and quicker than using a flower press or other fancy equipment.
If you can iron that pile of laundry in the basket, you are more than qualified to press flowers - it’s super-simple easy to do by anyone. However, before we proceed we advise that young children should have adult supervision and assistance while handling a hot iron.
Let's take a look at how to press flowers with a steam iron. We’re sure that once you have used this tried and trusted method you will have the beginnings of a creative and cost-effective hobby.
Using an iron to press flowers with parchment paper is as easy as grabbing some flowers, and some parchment paper and giving it a go.
It can be done with regular paper or kraft paper too.
All you need to do is prepare your selection of flowers and arrange them on parchment paper. Place the paper on a piece of absorbent fabric on your ironing board.
Top your floral arrangement with another piece of paper to make a sandwich. If you need added absorbency you can add some additional blotting paper between the flowers and the paper. You can then apply your hot iron to the paper and press the flowers until they are completely flat.
Once you have gone over the paper with the iron a few times you can allow your hard work to cool.
Lift off the paper and you will find that you have some crisp freshly pressed flowers!
Wax paper is a great method for pressing flowers as it not only flattens them but can preserve them in a protective wax coating.
You can only use wax paper to press flowers if you have an iron. Make sure that you protect the iron and your ironing board from melted wax using protective cloth layers.
This quick and effective technique simply involves, taking your fresh flowers and sandwiching them between two layers of wax paper.
Pressing the flowers down with a hot iron melts the wax causing the paper to go from opaque to translucent when fully pressed.
Allow the wax-pressed flowers to fully cool. Once the wax has hardened again you can cut out individual pressed flowers or work with the wax paper sheet as a whole. The translucency of wax paper means that the flowers look great held up against the light or mounted against a window.
Detailing greetings cards, handwriting notes, or wedding invitations with beautiful pressed flowers will give them whimsical vintage charm.
This form of exquisite flower pressing, practiced in Japan for centuries creates expansive, yet detailed scenes.
Découpage is a decorating technique that uses pressed flowers layered with glue to cover items as diverse as phone cases and tea trays.
Plain or scented candles can be uniquely detailed by applying flowers pressed with wax paper.
An iron is one of the most effective ways of preparing delicately pressed flowers with consistent results. We hope you'll feel confident in creating your hobby-pressed flower projects using iron-pressed flowers.