Framing Pressed Flower Art
With time, pressed flowers
fade naturally. To keep your flowers looking
good for a longer period, you can seal them from humidity, oxidants, and excess UV exposure.
How to achieve a dependable seal for pressed flowers.
Layer the frames glass, the mat,
and then the pressed flower picture. Tape a small amount of silica gel or
other desiccant behind the picture. An oxygen absorber can be
added too, if available.
Position your backing onto the prepared picture.
Apply a light coat of spray adhesive
on the backing and attach a sheet of Drafting Mylar (found in drafting
stores) to the back. If you don't have it, you can use
aluminum foil but be careful to avoid
any tears or holes.
aluminum tape to attach the prepared pressed flower picture to the glass, taking care
so that the tape on the glass will be hidden by the frame. This gives you an
airtight seal to protect your pressed flowers. (Found at a building supply store's, in the
Place the sealed pressed flower picture in
the frame and cover the back with Kraft paper to give it a finished look. Brown paper
grocery bags are made of Kraft paper, so you can use that if you
Now you have a beautiful piece of
pressed floral art
ready to display proudly. Choose a non-humid location where it will be
out of direct sunlight, as sunlight will cause fading to pressed
If your flowers will be exposed to sunlight,
it's advisable to use a UV resistant glass. You can get this cut
to size from any local glass store.
Care of Framed Pressed Flower Designs
To minimize fading of pressed flowers follow these
- Avoid displaying pressed flowers in direct sunlight.
- Keep pressed flower pictures out of rooms with high
humidity, such as bathrooms or kitchens unless you've used only
dyed materials and pressed botanicals that don't react to light,
such as bark and money plant.
- Try to make an air tight seal when
framing. Air causes oxidation and premature fading of pressed
- Use desiccant and anti-oxidant when
- Vacuum sealing is great, but not necessary. It requires
special equipment and is a bit pricy. I know of only 1 place to
buy this equipment,
Framed Gardens. They have an illustrated
framing tutorial with photos for vacuum sealing, but it's
also great if you're not vacuum sealing, just skip that step.
- Alternatively, there is another way to vacuum seal with more
affordable equipment for about $60. I may be the only one using
this so I'll make a page with instructions and link to get the
equipment when I find the time. The less costly method requires a smaller
hole to pull the vacuum, and it includes a gauge so there is no guess
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