My husband and I made a few of these flower presses years ago. Actually, it was more than a few years ago; we made them to dry flowers for our wedding. Time really does go by quickly.
2 pieces of scrap wood (mine are 12x7x3/4 inches)
4 carriage bolts (approx. 4 inches long)
4 washers (approx. 3/4 inch - be sure they fit over the square piece on the inside of the bolt)
4 wing nuts (be sure they fit on your bolts)
4 washers (approx. 3/8 inch)
We clamped the 2 pieces of wood together and drill one hole approximately 1.5 inches in from each corner through both pieces of wood. This ensures the bolts line up perfectly. Be sure to make the hole a little wider than the width of the bolt so they easily fit through.
Slide the bolts through the larger washers and place them through one piece of wood.
I lay the flowers pretty side down so I can flatten them the way I want them to. If you just lay the cardboard on top without guiding how they press, they can become misshapen.
Put the smaller washer on and then thread the wing nut. Tighten all 4 until they are tight against the wood. Don't over tighten or you will have a tough time loosening it later.
I just added vinyl lettering on the top to make it new again for my daughter .
We have a great time going for walks with our kids and picking different flowers for them to dry.
Here are a few we dried recently (sorry the photo is dark. I tried to take the picture outside in the sun, but it is windy here today and they kept blowing away).
Linking to some great parties including: Story of A2Z