There's just something about these flower presses that make me feel nostalgic. I remember picking flowers from the yard, collecting fallen autumn leaves, and pressing them between two paper towels and stacks of heavy books. Anyone else?
These petite flower presses are just the right size for several small blooms or 1 large one, and/or various sizes of leaves. Perfect for one's own arts and crafts or hands-on projects with children, each press is easy to operate and delivers great results.
**Due to individual computers and/or phone monitors, the stain color viewed here may not be accurate to the actual product color. In addition, the stain color used will be similar to the above, but may not be exact due to the wood and variations in wood grain. In general, a dark stain will be used on the presses.**
Each press is made from real wood, stained with a water-based permanent stain, and finished with a conditioning wax. Presses come fully assembled each with a set of long screws, bolts, and wing nuts installed. Additionally, 4 pieces of corrugated cardboard are provided inside your press, as well as two additional "back-up" pieces should any of the layers be damaged from use.
How to use the Petite Vintage Flower Press
Use any smooth (or relatively smooth) moisture absorbant material like copy paper, watercolor paper, or paper towels (my preference). Use one sheet of this material and make a fold, then make more folds (or cut down) to fit the inside area of the press when the paper is folded over on itself. Lay your flower/petal/leaf in the inside fold of the material so that it lays flat between the paper. Gently take the folded paper and place it between the layers of corrugated cardboard so that there will be an even number of cardboard layers on both sides. You may use 4 or all 6 layers of cardboard depending upon your preference and the size of your flower.
Place the top of the flower press on and use the wingnuts to tighten the top, applying gentle pressure to the material inside. It should not be overtightened so that the wood bends, or so loose that the paper inside can move around. You'll find the right pressure the more you play with it.
Allow about a week to dry and press your flower or leaf. Or you can do like I do and peek after about 4 days--you may be surprised!
Materials: 3/8" (approx.) wood (maple), water-based permanent wood stain, screws, nuts, bolts, corrugated cardboard.
Square press: 4" square; with 4 layers corrugated cardboard--7/8" h (approx); screws are 2" long (approx.)
Heart press: 4-1/2" w (approx.) x 4" l (approx.); with 4 layers of corrugated cardboard--7/8" (approx); screws are 2" long (approx.)
Oval Scroll press: 5" w x 3-3/4 " l (approx.); with 4 layers corrugated cardboard-- 7/8" h (approx.); screws are 2" long (approx.)