1. Prepare flowers by removing any dead leaves or stems.
2. Unscrew wingnuts and remove top layer of wood from your flower press. Then line your flower press base with a sheet of card (the card acts as a barrier to aid drying).
3. Place a sheet of blotting paper on top of the card (this can be reused several times dependent on flowers being dried, once it has lost its absorbency you can swap it out for a few layers of newspaper or some plain kitchen roll). We recommend using acid-free blotting paper with a thickness of 300GSM.
4. Carefully place your flowers on the blotting paper. Separate petals so they don't overlapping to avoid browing. Once you are happy with how they look, place another sheet of blotting paper over them.
5. Place another sheet of card on top and repeat the process as many times as you want or until your flower press is full!
6. Place the remaining piece of wood over your last sheet of card.
7. Secure the bolts through the holes and then screw the wingnuts until tight!
8. For the best results, we recommend leaving your flower press in a warm, dry room for 3-4 weeks (if you can wait that long!).
Once dry, you are ready to create some beautiful pieces of art with your pressed flowers but be careful as dried flowers can be very delicate. If you are not using your flowers straight away, you can leave them in the press or store them in an airtight container away from direct sunlight.