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DIY Pressed Flowers with Mod Podge

Make art using DIY pressed flowers and Mod Podge! It’s easy to dry flowers and preserve them in a frame – this tutorial shows you how.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never used Mod Podge before, this project is simple. You’ll be sealing flowers with Mod Podge, attaching them to paper, and placing them in a frame.

DIY pressed flower art

My mom has a crazy beautiful garden. This is because she’s one of those people that are often referred to as “plant ladies.” I am her only daughter, and unfortunately did not inherit this same skill set. While I love playing in the dirt, and enjoy weeding and planting, I’m not good at the planning or care portion. Execution is where I excel.

As a result, my mom has planned both her landscaping and mine (as well as the landscapes and gardens of many others). My landscaping is definitely more low maintenance while my mother has ALL the flowers and blooming plants. It’s actually quite impressive.

We decided one day that due to the sheer volume of pretty flowers that we would do a DIY pressed flower project and make some simple art in a frame. Mod Podge was used to keep the flowers secure to the paper and prevent from breaking. I’m excited to show you how it’s done!

Pressed flowers in frames

Pressing and Preserving Flowers

These flowers in a frame are really easy to make with Mod Podge. Before we jump into the tutorial, I did want to answer a few frequently asked questions. If you just want the how-to, scroll past this section. Otherwise, here’s a little education for you!

Can I preserve fresh flowers with Mod Podge?

Mod Podge is best for preserving dried flowers so that no moisture reaches them and they won’t fall apart. Mod Podge does not keep fresh flowers from losing their color.

Mom's garden

What is the best way to press flowers?

There are several methods to press flowers. None of them are necessarily better than others

  1. Wooden flower press – two pieces of wood screwed together at all four corners
  2. Between the pages of books – place flowers in the pages of books, close and weight down
  3. Ironing – flatten between a book and press with a dry iron
  4. Microwave – flowers stay between two ceramic tiles held together with rubber bands

We used method #2. It takes a minute, but if you aren’t in the rush with the project it’s perfect. You’ll have DIY pressed flowers in a few weeks.

How do you press flowers without losing color?

You can’t. Flowers are going to do what they are going to do. You can’t really tell what colors you’re going to end up with when preserving flowers. One strategy some use is to cut the flowers before they fully bloom, and that helps. But flowers will not retain their original color when you press and dry them.

Which Mod Podge formula should I use for this project?

You’ll be fine with Gloss, Matte, or Satin depending on the finish you like – you could even use Hard Coat. We used Gloss.


DIY Pressed Flower Art

Gather These Supplies

  • Frames
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Fresh flowers
  • Heavy books (or other flower pressing method above as described in the FAQs)
  • Paper towels
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Paintbrush

Before you do anything else, you need to get those flowers pressin’. If you’re using the heavy book method, it takes a few weeks for drying. Start by picking your fresh flowers and leaves and laying them out on paper towels.

Flowers-and-leaves-laying-out-on-a-paper-towel

Place them on a flat surface and place additional paper towels on top.

Books-pressing-flowers

My mom made this interesting flower pressing contraption using a very heavy sheet pan (what is that made out of??) and some binders from her days as a teacher. The point is, you need weight. Then you need to wait 2 – 3 weeks until they are fully dry (we waited two weeks).

Frame-and-sheets-of-scrapbook-paper

When you’re ready to create your pressed flower art, choose your frame and papers for your background.

Trimming-down-papers

Remove the frame backer and trim down the papers to fit using a paper cutter or scissors.

Pressed-flowers-laid-out-on-scrapbook-paper

Remove your flowers and leaves from the press very gently, using tweezers if necessary. Lay them out on the scrapbook paper in a way that you like.

Pressed-flowers-laid-out-on-scrapbook-paper-with-Mod-Podge

Cover your work surface. Gently add a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the dried flowers. You can spounce a layer on first (this is a spouncer).

Let dry and then apply a second coat of Mod Podge. Let dry.

Rosemary-pressed-and-Mod-Podge

Repeat with any other pressed flowers and leaves. We ended up doing with rosemary.

Now your paper might curl a bit and that’s okay. If that happens, you can let it dry and then place wax paper and a book on top to flatten. Honestly we didn’t do anything because it straightened out once we put it in the frame.

Placing-the-dried-flowers-in-the-frame

Final step – place your DIY pressed flowers in their frame. You can use the glass that came with your frame, or leave it out. That’s really all there is to it . . .

Pressed flowers inserted in a frame

It’s fun playing around with different combinations of flowers and papers. Too cute for spring and summer, right?

DIY pressed flower art with Mod Podge

Mod Podge guarantees your pressed flowers won’t be hit with moisture (and degrade) or crumble apart in your frame. This pressed flower art will last for years and years!

Pressed flowers in frames with Mod Podge

What do you think about the end result? I think it would look great as some cute DIY farmhouse decor. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Linda

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Hi! I'm making a shadow box out of my wedding bouquet. I cant do the method above since I will have a lot of delicate flowers like roses. Would I be able to use the acrylic spray to seal the flowers?

Amy

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Yes you can! Just make sure the flowers are totally dry or they could rot underneath any sealer depending on the environment you live in (like if it's humid). I recommend getting a flower drying silica from the craft store or Amazon if your wedding was recent. That way you can make sure they are COMPLETELY dry. Then you can spray them. Do a test first on a small portion of the bouquet before just spraying the whole thing, since it's a momento and there aren't two of them!

Ellen

Thursday 5th of August 2021

Do u still spray a sealant over ur work before u frame it?

Amy

Thursday 5th of August 2021

Hi Ellen! No this was not sprayed! Though you can if you like :)

Don

Sunday 30th of May 2021

I’m going to create a lamp shade with flowers and leaves mod podged to Mulberry Paper. Would you think a second layer of paper to sandwich the flowers and leaves would help in presenting them with light behind them? Or, would a single layer of paper be better? I’d love your thoughts about one layer, and which side of the exposure would you place the flowers/leaves?

Cara Bohart

Monday 10th of May 2021

Love these beautiful dried flowers.

Nona

Saturday 30th of March 2013

This is pretty awesome. Now I want to go pick some wildflowers. Maybe even smush a dandylion cause thats all I have in my yard right now. lol