Flower Pressing with the LaValle Library

an assortment of dried flowers.

Before the summer slips away, join the library in adventuring outside one last time and collecting your favorite plants from the warm season as well as leaves as they turn bright. Pressing flowers connects our love of books and our love of nature together into an educational and fun activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This art form can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt!

A dired rose resting on a book. Starting in September, you’re invited to go out, find plants from flowers to leaves and grasses, and anything else you think is worth preserving. Part two of the program will begin in October after the flowers are dry. We’ll get out the lamination paper and press them into bookmarks to keep in your favorite books throughout the winter months.

For the month of September, the library will have twoflowers laying on newspaper. flower presses inside the library. Every week they need to have their newspaper changed out to help the drying process. Ask a librarian if you want to be there when it’s changed, and see the process of flowers dry. Feel free to bring in your own flowers to show us too, or send pictures and let us know if we can post them to our library Facebook page and website. Connecting community and show casing your art is more important than ever.

How to press flowers:

The easiest way to press flowers is with a couple big books and some newspaper.

A stack of books with flowers pressed between them.Find the biggest books in your house, (please refrain from using library books) and newspaper or paper towel. You can press flowers on the inside of the pages or by laying two books on top of each other and laying the flowers inbetween them.

Sandwich the flowers between layers:

Book --> newspaper --> flower --> newspaper --> bookPressed autumn leaves.

Place more heavy books or a brick on top of this to weigh the flowers down. The flatter the flower, the better the bookmark will be. It will take about three to four weeks to dry.

 

 

Examples:

Here are just a few examples of what the end creation could be in October when part two of the flower pressing prgoram begins: