Flower Pressing Supplies

This page is here for you to be able to easily find the materials you would need to get started with pressing flowers. These are the same tools we use in our studio. We do not have a large studio which means you do not need need a large space to produce beautifully pressed flowers or make art of your own. The material suggestions use affiliate links, meaning that at no additional cost to you, we earn a small commission if you click-through and make a purchase.

If you trust us and are trying this on your own, this is a good way to set yourself up for success with minimal research. Your support means so much to us as it allows us to continue working with local farms to create beautiful natural flower art. Thank you!

- Keith & Rachel

Glues We Use

  • Neutral pH Adhesive glue made by Lineco.

    Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive

    Our all around everyday glue. If you just want to buy one glue to get started, this is a solid choice.

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  • Golden Heavy Gel Gloss acrylic medium used for art.

    Golden Heavy Gel Gloss

    This glue is thickest of the 3 options. We use this for bigger flowers such as sunflowers, large roses, and peonies. We apply it to the "sturdier" parts of the flowers. We advise against using this glue on more delicate parts of the flower.

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  • Perfect Paper Adhesive used for art.

    Perfect Paper Adhesive

    This glue is the thinnest and most spreadable glue. When you're looking for a nice even application of glue on the back of thin petals, such as cosmos or poppies (which do a really amazing job of showcasing all of your gluing imperfections) this is a good way to go. We use this for reconstructing flowers when working with the delicate petals. You can get away with using the Lineco glue for this application as well if you do not want to buy more than one glue.

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  • Gorilla glue kit with glue sticks and hot glue gun.

    Gorilla Dual Temp Mini Hot Glue Gun Kit

    While we don't use the hot glue gun often, it is useful in certain instances. We use this on heavier dried plants like Poppy Pods, sometimes strawflower, reconstructing king proteas, and other otherwise problematic plant material where you need a thicker than usual mass of glue to make something adhere to the backing.

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  • Gorilla glue spray adhesive.

    Gorilla Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive

    While we don't love the use of spray glue because it's just SO FRIGGIN' WASTEFUL and has VOCs, it does unfortunately give the best look when working with super thin flowers (cosmos and poppies) in terms of leaving the least amount of glue marks. Please make sure to use a mask and be in a ventilated area when using because of the VOCs.

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Tools Used To Prep Flowers

  • Mercer brand produce knife used for splicing flowers.

    Mercer Produce Knife

    This knife originally made it's appearance in our home to cut our homegrown sprouts, but it's since been hijacked and has become a full member of our studio. We use this to splice flowers. We do like the small X-Acto No 1 Precision knife a bit more for cutting small stems in half.

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  • New X-acto knife in package.

    X-Acto No 1 Precision Knife

    This is a great knife for precision cutting. We use this a lot for splicing rose buds, delicate and thin stems, and for just cutting parts of the flower off that we do not need to press. We have been using this knife for over a year and have not had to replace the blade.

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  • A green self healing cutting mat to cut things on.

    OLFA 18" x 24" Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat

    The mat allows for splicing of flowers but also if you are getting into cutting matboard and foam board for mounting and framing, this will come in handy. You can also use a cutting board to splice flowers and stems on.

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  • A 6 piece black tweezer set.

    6PCS Precision Tweezers Set

    We mainly use the ESD 10, 11, 12, and 14 but the other two can be worthwhile. I use these to pick up every single flower when designing, changing out paper in the presses, and gluing.

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  • Small scissors that we use everyday when we are pressing flowers

    Small Scissors

    We love the maneuverability of smaller scissors for breaking down flowers. These are our go to scissors.

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The Pressing Process

  • A new Excalibur nine tray food and flower dehydrator.

    Excalibur 3900B Electric Food Dehydrator

    We stumbled upon a dehydrator for the purpose of drying flowers only because we already had one on hand to dry fruits and vegetables grown in our garden. Otherwise, I don't think it's anything we would have tried otherwise.

    We never start anything in the dehydrator. We use it to help speed up the drying process for flowers that hold a lot of moisture such as floxglove, peonies, or snapdragon. A dehydrator is a convenience, not a necessity.

    The 9 tray size allows for large presses with 8" carriage bolts to be put in there. We will be explaining more in detail about how we use this in our Summer 2023 Course and about temperatures.

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  • A microfleur device to microwave fresh flowers to dry them.

    Microfleur 9"

    Our love/ hate relationship product. We use this for about 1% of all our pressing. If used improperly, it will ruin your flowers (like melt them or burn them). It can be good for color retention on some flowers. It is very much an experimental tool that we bought to see what results we would have with it. I'm sure you could also probably rig up your own type of microwave pressing contraption.

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  • White, blank Amazon copy paper sized 8.5" x 11".

    Amazon Basics Multipurpose Copy Printer Paper, 8.5" x 11"

    We use about 20 sheets of paper for each layer in the press, so we have quite alot of paper but as a hobbyist, you will probably need less. It is necessary to make sure you have enough paper to change out your damp paper every day until the flowers are not sticking to the paper.

    For 1 ream, I think there is a good price option on Amazon sold by HP. I could not include it here at it was not part of the Amazon affiliate program. If you go this route, be sure to do some simple math in your head about how much paper you will need. Hence why I put the 8 reams link on here. If you have 1 press stacked, you will easily use close to the 1 ream, and then you will need more paper to change out the damp paper every day for at least 5 days, but sometimes longer. If you buy 1 ream at a time, you will pay more in the long run. Paper is basically your gold when it comes to pressing flowers. You always want to have enough as to not have to reuse wet paper in your press.

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  • chipboard that we use to layer in our flower press to create pressed flower art

    50 Chipboard Sheets 8.5" x 11" inch

    We use chipboard on either side of the copy paper for each layer of flowers that we press.

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  • cardboard that we use to layer in the flower press to create pressed flower art

    110 Pack Corrugated Cardboard Sheets 8.5" x 11"

    We use Cardboard in our press layered with chipboard and copy paper.

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  • Blotting paper for pressing flowers or pressed flower art

    20 Sheets Blotting Paper for Flower Press, 8.5" x 11"

    We like to use one sheet of blotting paper on either side of flowers containing a lot of moisture.

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Framing - Please watch our YouTube video on framing

  • Heavy duty sawtooth hangars for picture framing.

    Heavy Sawtooth Hangers with Screws

    We use these for all of our glass on glass framed originals.

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  • A Milwaukee cordless 23 gauge pin nailer on white background.

    Milwaukee 23 Gauge Compact Cordless Pin Nailer

    We use a 23 gauge pin nailer to install our internal and outer wood spacers. If you have Milwaukee tools, then maybe use Milwaukee to use the batteries. Or use Dewalt. Or Makita. Or Craftsman. Or whatever. Cordless is key though for me.

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  • A photo of 23 gauge pin nails.

    BOSTITCH PT-2312-3M 1/2-Inch 23-Gauge Headless Pin

    1/2" pin nails. Depending on the profile of your frame, you may use larger pin nails, but make sure they are not too long so they do not exit the frame.

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  • Brillianize glass cleaner on a white background.

    Brillianize 8 Ounce Glass/Plastic Cleaner

    I have used this when cleaning off my glass and plastic sheets. Works great. Love it. Super easy to work with.

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  • Four colorful glass polishing rags.

    Microfiber Polishing Towel - 4-Pack Polishing Cloth Only

    I have tested alot of rags and these were the only ones I foind to not leave cloth material on the glass.

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