Pressed flowers on my wedding invitations?

by DIY wedding planner on March 19, 2012

My finance and I are having a backyard wedding in June 2012. I am a definite diy bride and am making our wedding invitations. Since its a garden wedding I thought pressing flowers into the sides of the invitations.
I’m wonder what I should use to adhere the flowers and which flowers would work best to use?


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Insane_mad_maniak March 19, 2012 at 5:19 am

hot glue gun, if you use a water based glue the natural colours of the flowers will run into it as it drys. the hot glue gun will just need a little dot and will dry quickly, or you can use those adhesive dots (that are like double sided tape) that you can get at stationary stores.

i’d use anything you can get ahold of, if you can find small flowers it will be much better then larger ones. small ones will dry much faster also but might not look as good as the larger ones.

you can buy a few flower presses off of ebay for quite cheap.


greenie March 19, 2012 at 5:51 am

The best plants for pressing are those that are already flat such as pansies, daisies, lily of the valley, buttercups and violets. Other flowers that work well are bleeding hearts, geraniums, baby’s breath and bluebells. But you can press more than just flowers. Strawberry leaves, ivy, mint, lavender and garden sage also work well. Feel free to experiment with other flowers and plants as well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Choose flowers that are in full bloom. Snip each piece, leaving 1/2 inch of stem attached. As you pick, carefully spread the flowers out into a basket, making sure they don’t touch. Press the material immediately before they dry out.

The link below shows you how. No equipment to buy.


Emma March 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

One way to preserve flowers and use in crafts is by hanging them to dry. If you decide to preserve your flowers whole, and intact, you will need to decide this before they have fully bloomed. If a flower has opened up too much, when it is dried the petals will fall off. The brighter and more vivid the fresh flower is, the better color it will have as it dries. If you want more intense colors, be sure to start with that trait in the fresh flower. If the dried flower will be used with it’s stem, it would be best to wire the stem while the flower is still fresh. Then attach the flower, upside down, to a wire hanger and leave in a dark place for two to three weeks. If the dried flowers will be stored a while before use, cover them with a light material, such as tissue paper to keep the dust off.

Flowers preserved in this way can be used for a variety of purposes. For a special event, such as a wedding, some people want to preserve their bouquets. After following drying instructions bouquets can be placed as a wall hanging next to the wedding photo, in a shadow box, or simply placed on a table or in a hutch. After flowers are dried they can also be put back in a vase and set on a table. If a single flower is preserved, perhaps to save on space, it can be laid over the wedding frame on in front of the wedding photo. Individually dried flowers can also be used when making a wreath.

More on How to Dry Flowers –


saaanen March 19, 2012 at 6:32 am

A glue gun is the WORST thing to use. Plain Elmer’s White glue is the best. Dries clear and flexible.

Put some on the card stock, place the flower, and then cover the flower with more Elmer’s. If you don’t do it the right way, the flower will be destroyed before it gets to the PO.

I would only use violas and violets. Daisies are far too thick.


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