How to Make a Flower Press

I’ve been known to stack books all over the house to keep my flower pressings in, and I think my husband is on to me now. While I love the look of scattered towers of hardcovers, it was time for a flower press.

I’ve been wanting to test out a hand drill so that I can teach my son to use one, and this Garrett Wade drill was perfect! The project is really simple, but if you don’t have wood lying around and a miter saw, consider just buying some at a local hardware store and having them cut it.


Here is how to make a flower press at home:


  • Two pieces of board that are the same size
  • Drill
  • 4 hex screws
  • 4 wing nuts
  • Cardboard
  • Wax paper or parchment paper


  1. Cut your board if need be, so that both pieces are the same size.
  2. Drill 1” in from each corner, a hole that fits your hex screws (a hole that is slightly larger is best)
  3. Place your hex screws in with the head on the table, popping out of the holes.
  4. Next, add a piece of cardboard (I used an old amazon box and cut the corners off) and then place some parchment paper or wax paper down, large enough to fold over.
  5. Place flowers in your press, and fold that parchment over.
  6. Add another piece of cardboard, then your second piece of wood.
  7. Use the wing nuts to screw pressure down onto the press, taking the air out.

That’s it! You’ve done it!

You can watch a video I made of this process on my Instagram here.

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