Pressed Floral Preservation Art

The day is over, the people have gone, but the memory can last forever. 

One of the floral design services I am most passionate about is using your flowers to create a tangible memory. My signature process involves turning pressed flowers into a one-of-a-kind art piece that complements your style and stands out as a décor piece in your home. Alternatively, most arrangements can be worked into a beautiful dried wreath. I am proud to be one of the few studios to offer this unique service and can preserve bouquets from weddings anywhere in the US.

“The flowers were my favorite part of the entire wedding décor! Words can’t describe how beautiful my bouquet was. I’m excited to keep it as an art piece hanging on the wall for years and years to come.”

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Why To Preserve Flowers

As humans, we are sentimental in nature and no one wants to say goodbye to their wedding bouquet, especially when you have spent time and energy carefully customizing your specific blooms and colors to create a gorgeous floral showstopper that accompanied you down the aisle. Thinking about the mesmerizing process flowers go through from seed to stem to your local florist and eventually to your hands on your most special day, its no wonder couples want to hold onto this memory. We are in love with the idea of displaying a preservation piece in your home to be admired by all of your guests as a symbol of who you are as a couple.  Preserving your bouquet, or any important flowers for that matter, is a remarkable way to hold onto this keepsake for many years to come.

Which Flowers To Preserve

There is a lot to be said about which flowers press and preserve well, and which don’t. There are many factors to this process including color and shape of flowers and time. For example, white flowers tend to brown in the pressing process and larger flowers such as Protea, simply will not press well. We love working with clients that have a complex color palette! We feel having a wide variety of color gives your finished art project an extra pizzazz while also leaving more room to be creative in the process. While an all white color palette can be very elegant, those gorgeous white florals you used could potentially turn brown in the process and that would lead to us having to order more white flowers without the guarantee that even those will not turn brown. Sometimes the color change of flowers after they press can be fun! We once had these amazing yellow roses that faded to a slight purple color once pressed and dried, that seemed to work even better with the art we designed than before. Many flowers in fact, retain their color beautifully in the preservation process and sometimes can become even brighter. The most important thing to understand is your flowers will most likely not look exactly the same as when you bring them to us to be made into an art piece, but instead are made into a lovely unique custom design unlike any other piece.

Some of our most favorite flowers to use for preservation include:

  • Rose
  • Anemone
  • Ranunculus
  • Feverfew
  • Lilac
  • Nigella
  • Astilbe
  • Dusty Miller
  • Peony
  • Pansy
  • Poppy

Just to name a few! We can of course work with most other flowers or let you know other options before we begin the process. Don’t forget the greenery! Eucalyptus and sage press excellently while evergreens and succulents do not press well. Flowers like zinnias and ball dahlias, while beautiful, are generally too think to be pressed as well as berries and pods. Sometimes these thicker, fleshy flowers can still be preserved by pulling the petals off and recreating the flower shape on paper. It can sometimes be up to the center of the flower if it will press well or not, as flowers that lay flat work best. Flat lay flowers generally keep their form and shape losing only a little bit of depth. If there are florals you would love us to use but simply do not press well, we can always turn them into a beautiful wreath you can display in your home. We also have options to do an art piece and a wreath both. Either way, we assure you your flowers will be gorgeously preserved so you can display your most favorite memories for years to come.

History of Floral Preservation

Humans have had a long fascination with collecting and preserving flowers. The art of preservation in florals is believed to date back to ancient civilizations. In Japan in the 16th century the art form known as Oshibana originated which is known to be one of the first forms of floral preservation to be created. Oshibana is the art of using pressed flowers and other botanical materials to create an entire picture from these natural elements. It was created as one of their disciplines to promote patience, harmony with nature, and powers of concentration.

Trade with Japan increased in the mid 1800s and citizens of western countries became fascinated with the use of pressed flowers as an art form. By the late 1800s, flower pressing had become a favorite pastime in England and the United States.

Preservation Tips

We would love for you to chose us as your florist to create your bouquet as well as turn it into a work of floral preservation art, that way we can be there throughout the entire process. This is especially helpful to plan ahead and use florals in your bouquet that would easily be preserved. However, we understand that this is not always possible so we are happy to still create the art with a bouquet that was not made by us. If you do decide to go this route, we recommend to ask your florist not to spray your flowers with any preservatives such as Crowning Glory because it seems to brown petals and promote mold in the process. We do not use any harmful preservative products.

The flowers that you use for your wedding day are sure to have endured a lot of use by the time they reach us for preservation. Caring for your flowers after your event is a highly necessary aspect. Flowers should be stored in fresh clean water. Keep flowers away from direct sun. Store in a cool dry area. Careful not to freeze flowers in a household refrigerator. Flowers should be kept away from ripening fruits that release ethylene gas.

How To Preserve Your Flowers Through Wild Blossoms Studio

Each project takes a minimum of 4 months from start to finish to allow time for the flowers to cure and to work through the creative design process. I create each art piece using the flowers from your bouquet that look the best, have retained their color, and have interesting textures and shapes. In a sense, I let the flowers tell me what to do. I find that my most sought- after preservation designs are from the fresh bouquets that I create myself for your wedding. All of my artwork is mounted to glass or worked into dried wreaths depending on the blooms.

If your event took place outside of Colorado, I will send you a shipping kit with everything you need to get your flowers safely to me within 24-48 hours after your wedding. I’ve also created a video with Shipping Instructions.

If you’re within range of Denver, I am happy to arrange a courier service to pick up your bouquet and deliver it to my studio, for a fee. You can also feel free to schedule a time to drop off your bouquet at my private Fort Collins studio.

A 50% non-refundable retainer is required to guarantee your spot on my botanical collage calendar.

When your flowers arrive I will unpack and inspect. I will update you on the quality and begin to deconstruct the design into individual blossoms, petals, and leaves. These bits are strategically placed in the flower press between sheets of vellum paper. Once pressed and dried, I arrange them to create a one-of-a-kind design. Custom projects welcome! Each project takes a minimum of 4 months from start to finish.