Yeah, you read that right, in a nappy! Last weekend I was looking into pressing some flowers which are really special to me and I wanted to find a way to keep them forever in a memory book. I wanted to find a quick way to do it as the last time I tried it years ago I tried the book method, only to find that when I went back to check on them weeks later I hadn’t put enough paper towel in to absorb the moisture and not only was the book ruined, the flowers were rotten and had to be thrown away 🙁
After some serious googling on the subject I came across some tutorials on flower pressing in a microwave. It looked and sounded pretty simple; Lay the flowers in absorbent kitchen roll, place it inside some paper and then put into the microwave with a heavy (non metallic!) dish on top. I gave it a go but because of the flowers I was attempting to press (mainly Roses) no matter how much paper towel I put around the flowers, it just wasn’t enough to soak up the moisture.
In an angry rage I started rummaging through every cupboard trying to find anything which would absorb the moisture more effectively. This is when I spotted my toddlers pull up nappies for bed times. Bang. That was it! I threw the flowers inside the nappy, put it back into the microwave and put the ceramic dish on top and started again. Amazingly it worked!
It takes a bit of patience and you have to mess around with a few flowers and timings to get the perfect one- I ended up overcooking a Rose which ended up burning and smelling like a jacket potato! I resisted tasting it though. I found the best way to do it was to start by putting them in the microwave for 1 minute and then keep putting them back in for 30 seconds at a time and checking them at the end of every burst. You may need to flip the nappy over once or twice too so the moisture is soaked evenly within the nappy.
Mother Hermit xx