How to dry flowers with contact paper
This article is part 2 of a series. You can also read Part 1, using silica gel to dry flowers.
I was intrigued by an article I read that suggested you could dry flowers after sticking them to contact paper. The author claimed it made them easier to handle later. Hmm. Let’s give this a try. (In case you are wondering what the flowers originally looked like, you can find them in the link for part 1 of this series above.)
For the pressing process, I cut a piece of cardboard to rest on a countertop. On top of that, I placed a piece of parchment paper (grocery store cooking variety is what I used).
I removed the contact paper backing and carefully pressed down fresh petals. (Several articles I read said to use them while they still look good — don’t wait for them to fall off the flower.) I then replaced the protective covering.
After placing another layer of parchment paper on top, I used a heavy textbook to weigh the papers and petals down. Several blogs talked about the flower petals molding if you didn’t change the parchment papers regularly during the drying process. I made a point to change them every 2 to 3 days. I was a little surprised how damp the papers felt, especially in the beginning.
So after two weeks here are my results:
Petals seemed to have dried no better or no worse than other methods.
While I haven’t tried it yet, the articles I read about doing it this way says it’s less likely you will damage the petals working with them since they will have a stiff backing. (I will have to cut them out of the contact paper in order to use them.)
I don’t like how some of the petals tore while flattening them to adhere to the contact paper.
Costs more to do it this way since you have the investment of contact paper.
Have you ever tried it this way? What do you think about trying this?
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