How to Make DIY Pressed Flower Wall Art

Last summer, I got really into pressing flowers- something I’m planning to do more of in the months ahead! It turned into a fun hobby that doubles as gorgeous art. While I keep the majority of my pressed florals in a book, I recently decided to frame some as wall art for our kitchen. They turned out so beautiful, I wanted to share the easy and cost effective process with you. If you’re looking for a fun and affordable flower project this season (that doubles as home decor), click through for my step-by-step tutorial and styling tips!

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If you’re also the outdoorsy, hiking, or camping type, this is a really fun way to document your adventures, memories, and flower art also makes a unique gift. My artist friend Laurie Anne, inspired me to buy a floral press a couple years ago, and it has turned into such a beautiful and unexpected hobby. Scroll on for a peek at the process. If you’re in need of wall art, the end result is a high-end, textural aesthetic!

Supplies

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Ready to dive in? Each work of art cost me only $14 to make… an extremely great price for an original designer-looking work! To create framed pressed floral artwork, you’ll need the following:

Foraging & Collecting Florals

I typically press wildflowers from my hikes or camping trips (have you seen the camper reveal?), but you could also press a flower that holds sentimental value (wedding flowers, a graduation rose, a bloom from a memorial service, a celebratory bouquet, etc).

It’s best to find different sizes, fresh flowers (that haven’t started to wilt), flowers with different textures, tiny or small flowers (for filling negative space), and be sure to experiment with different type of flowers. The only caveat? You have to use real flowers and greenery… faux florals won’t work for this project. Anything else is fair game- get outside and have some fun!

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Floral Presses

Floral presses are an easy way to facilitate this hobby, but books also work. Before I bought my inexpensive press from Amazon, I was just sandwiching florals between paper inside of a heavy book. If I needed more weight, I’d stack more books on top of the one that contained my florals.

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Now, I use my press. It’s lightweight, easy to hike with, and the velcro straps are simple to use. It’s nothing special, but it does a great job. I typically leave my florals in the press for a week or two.

Composition

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Part of the fun of pressing florals is arranging them. I use a variety of paper sizes, and composing my stems is always my favorite part of the process. Longer stems create more negative space, larger blooms fill more of the page, and leafy specimens create lovely texture. My biggest piece of advice for composing your floral art is to play around with it. Press blooms on their side, but also try them facing upward. Experiment with symmetry, negative space, and filling the entire page. It all depends on the look you’re going for. Personally, I love the specimen look- with lots of negative space.

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I always write a note in the corner of each floral paper. I’ll often record the date, the flower type, and where the flower was picked or foraged. Sometimes I’ll also write a note on the backside… memories from the trip or hike, who I was with, what we encountered, the weather, etc. This step isn’t necessary, but it’s a fun way to record memories and I think it makes the artwork feel more intimate.

Framing

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The easiest way to set and frame your dried flowers is with an archival adhesive. Take the dry flowers, and gently paint the backside with your glue. Position them with tweezers onto your paper in your preferred composition.

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Allow it to dry completely, then continue to mat, and frame the florals. I was looking for larger artwork, so I used a double mat to increase the size. This is an easy hack for adding dimension and scaling up the size.

Double matting is another great way to create a custom look on a budget. The frame cost me $12 and the mat was only $2, so it felt worth it to size up. I’m really happy with how they turned out!

Styling Ideas

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There are many different ways to style pressed wildflower art, but I was looking to insert a splash of summer and a pop of color into our kitchen for the season ahead. Never underestimate the power of seasonal art shuffling, friends! Here are some other ways and ideas for styling pressed floral art:

  • An entire gallery wall of flowers
  • A pair of florals stacked in a hall
  • A single work installed beneath a gallery light
  • Leaned on a mantel
  • Styled into built-ins or shelving
  • Installed against tile (in a kitchen or bath)
  • Leaned on a floating shelf
  • Installed in a kids room or nursery

FAQ

What is the best way to pick wildflowers?

I’m pretty spontaneous about it! If I see something pretty, I’ll reach down and break the stem. If I need to be more careful with a delicate or tough flower, I’ll use a little pocket knife. Just make sure you’re well versed on where you’re allowed to forage for flowers and what is poisonous.

Would you recommend flower wall art in a sunny room? Will it damage them?

Make sure you use archival glue, sealer or varnish, and glass if you’re concerned about installing them in direct sun. Like any work of art, the sun can do damage over time. If you’d like to keep them looking nice for years to come, paying a little extra for archival quality products usually worth it for sunny spaces.

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Related

Looking for more artwork and home decor ideas? I’m going to link some of my favorites for you below!

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I hope you enjoyed this post! I’ve been in a summer mood lately, and this quick & creative project was good for the soul. Please let me know if you have any questions or decide to give it a try! It would be a fun project to do with kids, too.

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  1. Good morning! What a cute and fun hobby! I remember pressing flowers when I was very young- but I never thought to make art out of them. I love the look of the art you created here; bonus points for your sweet mementos written on each one. What a lovely way to journal a memory. I think Brooke would enjoy this- I may have to get a little summer craft project going for her. Your creativity knows no bounds Sarah Gibson! The artwork looks gorgeous in your kitchen- the perfect summery addition. I hope your week is going well so far. Last day of school for us today- FINALLY!! Iโ€™m ready to usher in summer, night swimming, and all the relaxing vibes that go along with it. Cheers to Wednesday!

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Good morning, Lauren! It has been really fun, and a good reason to slow down on hikes. I definitely think Brooke would have fun with this! Could be a cute little summer gallery wall for her room. Cheers to the last day of school for you guys!! Enjoy all the fun summer festivities ahead. Summer, night swimming, and all the good food! Hope you have a great day.

  2. Good morning! So pretty! A perfect combination of exploring nature, simple crafts, saving memories, and a little design flex. Honestly, all my faves. I remember pressing flowers and leaves in books when I was younger. I always enjoyed the anticipation and surprise of the final result. I am extra inspired by your idea of jotting notes to commemorate the day. Also, a whole gallery wall! Actually, I have been stuck for a spring/summer mantel display…you’ve got me thinking ๐Ÿค”! My perennials are quite fetching atm.๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for sharing what might become my new summer hobby! Here’s to a lovely Wednesday, Sarah. ๐Ÿ’œ

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Good morning, Peggi! Thank you! This has certainly become an unexpected fun hobby for me. Every time we camp or hike, I’m keeping an eye out for pretty little flowers. I love your idea of pressing some of your perennials! I bet they’re gorgeous. I might go trim some of my bacopa from my shed window boxes. I bet they’d be super cute flat and framed. Hope you’re having a great week! xo

  3. What a lovely project Sarah! The pressed floral art is gorgeous and looks stunning in your kitchen. I dry flowers from our garden all the time for floral arrangements but it never occurred to me to press them for artwork. Splendid idea!
    The double matte really layers the frame and flowers so beautifully too. Thanks for this tutorial and another inspiration. I have lots of lavender and I think would be perfect for a project like this. My peonies are in bloom and I never tire of seeing there stunning foliage, they are the queens of my garden right now.
    Iโ€™ve been meaning to mention our boxwoods near the pool have been infested with the box tree moth ๐Ÿ˜ข so sad. They have destroyed the leaves and we are struggling to get rid of them. Keep an eye out for them as I know you have boxwoods in your front yard. I actually never heard of this pest before but apparently hit Canada last summer, if it looks like the leaves are drying out it could be this pest.
    Anyway have a super day and thanks for the floral inspiration ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐Ÿฅณ

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Thank you so much, Colleen! Ohhh, you have me thinking about pressing lavender now… that would be such a pretty, French look for summer! Your peonies also sound amazing. Mine haven’t popped yet. Thanks for letting me know about the boxwoods. I was talking to Emmett about it last night over dinner and neither of us have heard of this. I’m so sad for your pool boxwoods. That’s really frustrating. Is there anything you can do about them? Thanks again for taking the time to share! We’ll have to keep an eye on ours.