Drying flower petals with parchment paper

How to dry flowers with parchment paper

This article is Part 3 of a series.  Links to the first two articles are included in the post below.

In my quest for knowledge about dried flowers and resin, one of the most common flower drying methods I kept reading about is to dry the flowers flat with paper.  It seems pretty straight forward, so it was also on my list of ‘experiments’.

fresh flower petals on parchment paper

I picked several fresh petals and placed them onto parchment paper.  If you want to see what the original bouquet looked like, you can see it in the first blog post in the series, how to dry flowers with silica gel beads.

Not shown:  After placing the flowers onto the sheet of parchment paper, I covered them with another layer of parchment paper.  I then folded a larger piece of parchment paper and placed my flower ‘sandwich’ inside the folded piece of paper.  I placed my sandwich onto a piece of cardboard and placed a heavy book on top.  If you want to see pictures, I used the same technique when I dried flower petals using contact paperBased upon other recommendations that I read, I changed the outer parchment paper layer every two to three days because of moisture.  I didn’t want the flower petals to mold.

 

flowers dried flat with parchment paper

The picture at left shows the flowers after they were dried for 2 weeks with parchment paper.

Pros:

Easy.  All I needed was parchment paper and a heavy book.

Colors changed some, but not as much as it seemed to with other methods.

Cons:

Took two weeks to dry.

Still require monitoring.  I had to make sure to change the paper every couple of days.  Certainly not a project I could walk away from for two weeks.

 

dried flowers on parchment paper

Overall, I think I’m happy with the process.  The colors preserved well (although I still think there is room for improvement).

Have you tried pressing flowers this way?  What has been your result?

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3 Comments

Chris

I use blogger paper. Flowers in between the pieces of paper. That sandwich goes inside a phone book onto which I put 2 or 3 bricks. I don’t change the paper at all, just wait the 2 weeks(much less in summer here in southern Oregon).

You can see my jewelry at pressedflowerjewelry.com.

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Denise

Chris, you said you used “blogger” paper which I am not familiar with. Did you mean blotter paper and if not, could you tell me what blogger paper is and where you find it? I checked out your site and you have absolutely gorgeous pieces so I would love to learn more.

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Melitta

I am fairly lazy. I took flowers and leaves,lay them between the pages of a telephone book with bricks on top for weight.
The ink on the print has not worn off on they were nice and flat. They turned out nice in color also. The only problem I have with any way of drying is white and light colors trun a yellow tinge.

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