Interior designer and co-founder of lifestyle brand Magnolia Joanna Gaines is inspiring us with creative fall craft ideas, more specifically flower pressing.
Taking to Instagram over the weekend, the renowned designer shared a snapshot of a stunning fall-inspired collection of flowers that were in the process of being pressed, which taps into a key floral trend for 2023.
Won over by the warming shades of muted orange and burgundy in the florals, we're feeling inspired to get creative with flower pressing for fall. Knowing how to press flowers is a fairly straightforward process, but we turned to the flower experts to find out more about this fall craft.
'Flower pressing can make some beautiful home-crafted pieces and using fall flowers can make a colorful display,' explains Georgina O'Grady, managing director at Evergreen.
'Good fall flower options include asters, violas, sunflowers, marigolds and zinnias. Once you have picked your flowers, remove any excess foliage that might cause the flowers to rot during pressing,' she continues to explain.
Flower specialist at Atlas Flowers Kate Blott suggests that opting for fall colors that reflect the warming and earthy tones associated with the autumnal months is a key step: 'For fall, opting for warm-toned flowers such as burnt orange, mustard yellow, and muted pink will help to bring the colors you expect to see in nature at this time of year into your home.'
For best results, Blott explains that 'flowers with fewer layers of petals work best for pressing,' whilst you can also mix things up and 'consider also pressing some herbs and grasses for variation in your displays.'
For a new spin on flower pressing, you can instead opt to use previously dried flowers, to begin with rather than fresh, which Blott explains gives a unique look: 'Already-dried flowers retain some of their contours while fresh flowers become much flatter. Fresh flowers flatten as their natural moisture is wicked away, but a dry flower has already set in its dried state, meaning a completely flattened result isn’t achievable.'
The best bit about flower pressing for fall? It's definitely the longevity: pressed flowers look great as home decor for years to come, as Blott explains: 'Unlike standard dried flowers that may be exposed to dirt, damp and harsh light, pressed flowers are often kept tucked away inside journals or behind glass. This will extend their lifespan.'
'As with all dried floral products, the level of care they are given will directly affect how long they last and look their best,' Blott concludes.
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