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