Tutorials on How to Dry & Press Flowers to Embed into Resin

The tutorials that I will be covering during the month of July, for Nunn Design Summer School, involve embedding pressed flowers into resin. We are confident that once you explore adding pressed flowers to resin, you will want to learn more about preserving your own pressed flowers!

There is a great deal of information on the Internet about how to dry and press flowers. Here are some of the tutorials that I thought were helpful, informative and if nothing else, had great photographs.

1. Preserved Gardens

By far, this tutorial, How to Press Flowers, Leaves, and Herbs, from Preserved Gardens was one of my favorite blog posts that I came across:

Really, everything you need to know is covered here and done very thoroughly!!

2. ProFlowers

In this tutorial, on How To Press Flowers, I appreciate the detail of how to “pick” flowers and store them until they can be pressed. I find tutorials with illustrations or visuals to be very easy to learn from!

3. fine Gardening

This fine Gardening tutorial on pressing flowers, has a guide to “which flowers press best” as well as a tutorial on how to build your own flower press.

4. The House That Lars Built

In this tutorial from The House That Lars Built Blog, the author covers 3 methods for pressing flowers; pressing in a book, ironing and microwaving. I have to admit I’m a total sucker for beautiful photographs! This blog has that!!!

5. Design Sponge

Couldn’t resist including a post from the Design Sponge Blog. Not any new information that we haven’t already covered, but the photos are so stinking beautiful in DIY Pressed Flower Wall Art!

Have Any Tips?

Nunn Design Summer School will be coming soon enough! Are you registered? What other tips about pressing flowers would you like to share with the class?

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4 thoughts on “Tutorials on How to Dry & Press Flowers to Embed into Resin

  1. Katherine Babcock says:

    I am so excited for summer school to start! I have a terrible time with pressed flowers – I love the look, but I can’t get them in resin without them turning translucent. I’ve tried everything I can think of or find online. You guys do such a great job that I can’t wait to hear your secrets!

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Katherine!
      Have you tried Resin Spray?

      Some dried and pressed flowers will become totally translucent when exposed to resin. You can reduce the risk of this happening by spraying Castin’ Crafts Resin Spray on all your flowers before embedding them into resin. The resin spray is very fast drying, easy to apply and will seal your dried and pressed flowers nicely.

  2. Katherine Babcock says:

    Hey Melissa –
    I saw this a few days ago but didn’t have time to respond – sorry! I have tried Resin Spray with mixed results. My first issue was trying to keep the flower heads still when I sprayed them – I tried various ways to keep them stationary and sprayed them in different ways – but they always blow away! I am open to suggestions on how you get the uncooperative flowers to stay still.

    When I finally got them to behave and coated, they still sometimes still turn translucent. I’ve tried the Nunn Design Sealant (one of my very favorite products ever!) and sometimes that works…sometimes it doesn’t.

    I’ve had such hit and miss results that I’ve stopped using certain types of flowers because even with a lot of experimentation, I cannot get consistent results. It’s so irritating to watch the flower go translucent and know you are wasting the flower, the resin, and the finding. UGH!

    • beckynunn says:

      I place my organics in a cardboard box with high side walls. Place a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper into the base and place your organics onto the paper. Fold shut the box and shake like crazy your resin spray. Open up the box enough to insert the resin spray and let those little suckers fly around within the box.

      You are right though, some flowers just aren’t meant to be encased in resin.

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