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How to Make Pressed Flower Wall Art

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Readers often ask me what to do with pressed flowers. Making pressed flower wall art ranks high on the list! In this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to press flowers to make instant art with a cool, coastal vibe. No one will believe you made it yourself.

DIY wall art made with pressed flowers sitting on a fireplace mantel with a faux floral arrangement. Text overlay reads "DIY Wall Art with Pressed Flowers"

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Pressed Flower Wall Art – The Basics

I’ve published loads of tutorials on how to press flowers and how to dry flowers. It’s one of my favorite hobbies. I feel like there’s something sentimental about preserving flowers, especially ones that have special meaning.

If you’re completely new to pressing flowers, watch my YouTube video on how to dry flowers 5 ways, which has over 230,000 views and counting!

YouTube thumbnail with image of dried flowers and text overlay reading "How to Dry Flowers"

For this tutorial, I’m using a technique that I first talked about when I made DIY pressed flower art using a Microfleur flower press. Below, you’ll find a coupon exclusively for my readers if you’d like to purchase your own.

The benefit of this type of art is that you don’t have to stress about how pretty the pressed flowers look. We only need a good silhouette, so choose a stem or flower with great curves and texture!

Supplies

Note: You can also use a wrapped canvas for this project instead of paper.

Step 1: Cut the fresh flowers or herbs

If you’re planning to use flowers or herbs from your garden, cut the stems in the morning after the dew has dried. The best plants for pressing have single-layered petals and/or flat faces (think pansies).

Water-rich petals like those in the succulent family are typically not the best for pressing.

Fresh flowers sitting on a microwave flower press before pressing to make pressed flower wall art
Parsley and Lobelia Stems

If you have some wildflowers, those would work well. As you’ll see, I used plain parsley for one of my botanical prints, and it still turned out great!

Step 2: Press the flowers in a microwave press or book press

I recommend the Microfleur flower press for all types of pressed flower crafting. I’ve used it for years and love the fact you can literally press flowers in minutes rather than days. See the discount offer below for a great deal!

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Pressed flowers in microwave flower press shown with spray paint used to make DIY wall art
Lobelia Stems

If the book press method is more your style, hop over to my instructions for the book press method.

Pressing flowers in the microwave will take 5-10 minutes while using the book press method will take 2-3 weeks depending on the flowers.

Step 3: Spray paint the dried flowers

Once the flowers or herbs have dried fully, place the specimen on your paper or canvas. I suggest placing the paper inside a cardboard box to prevent the dried flowers from flying away or moving while you spray.

Spray painting pressed flowers onto paper in a cardboard box to make pressed flower wall art

For best results, work in short bursts to add just a touch of spray paint, holding the can about 10-15 inches away from the canvas. You can add a small amount for a more splattered paint effect or thicker layers for full coverage.

Removing pressed flowers from paper after spray painting to reveal flower silhouette underneath

If using paper, avoid spraying the same section with multiple coats at once, since this could cause the paper to warp.

Step 4: Frame and display your art

Allow the paint to dry 20 minutes before touching the artwork and 24 hours before framing it.

You can see how since the flower itself isn’t used for this project, even the parsley looks interesting as a silhouette. Who knew?!

Pressed flower wall art made with spray paint, shown with pressed parsley stem

I repurposed a few old wood frames by painting them with white chalk paint to match the white of the botanical prints. It’s a great way to upcycle old picture frames you might have lying around the house.

Pressed flower wall art shown in white frames next to faux floral arrangement on fireplace mantel

I’m really digging the calm coastal feel of this pressed flower wall art. It’s a wonderful way to add budget-friendly DIY decor to your home or create a unique gift for friends and family.

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DIY wall art using pressed flowers as silhouettes displayed in frames by themselves and on a fireplace mantel. Text overlay reads "DIY Wall Art with Pressed Flowers"
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Pressed flower wall art on fireplace mantel next to mirror and faux floral arrangement

How to Make Pressed Flower Wall Art

Author: firstdayofhome.com
Make your own pressed flower wall art to display as home decor. This easy one-hour project is budget-friendly and completely customizable. Choose any color and any style of herb or flower to coordinate with your decor.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Active Time 30 mins
Drying Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Project Type Floral
Cost (US$)10
Yield 1

Equipment

Supplies
 

Instructions
 

  • Cut fresh flowers or herbs to the appropriate length for your picture frame. If cutting from a garden, pick the stems in the morning after any dew has evaporated.
    Fresh flowers sitting on a microwave flower press before pressing to make pressed flower wall art
  • Press flowers using a microwave flower press or the book press method. If using the book press method, press the flowers between the pages of a heavy book using parchment paper to protect the pages. Wait 2-3 weeks for the flowers to fully dry. (See the full article for detailed instructions on pressing flowers with these methods.)
    Pressed flowers in microwave flower press shown with spray paint used to make DIY wall art
  • Spray paint the flowers onto scrapbook paper, watercolor paper, or a wrapped canvas. Use a cardboard box or tarp underneath to protect your work surface and to prevent the canvas from moving while spray. Always use spray paint in a well-ventilated area.
    Spray painting pressed flowers onto paper in a cardboard box to make pressed flower wall art
  • Wait 20 minutes before touching the pressed flower wall art and 24 hours before framing it. Once the prints are fully dry, place them in frames for display.
    Pressed flower wall art shown in white frames next to faux floral arrangement on fireplace mantel
  • Optional: If desired, you can use white chalk paint to paint old wooden frames to match the pressed flower art.
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4 Comments

    1. Thanks so much, Michelle! It’s so nice to see you here. I could see you doing something like this on your twin mantel too. Ha! Thanks for pinning!