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Many people look to preserve artifacts that remind them of a special time or place — baby clothes, engagement photos, and home videos make memories into personal keepsakes. Some people preserve their wedding bouquets or flowers from a significant date to keep a physical reminder. If you've ever wanted to press flowers for years to come, there are numerous ways to keep these blooms vibrant for scrapbooks or wall hangings.

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1. Preparing Your Flowers

If the flowers you're pressing are currently planted, prevent mold by picking them in the morning, after the dew has dried. Don’t wait until the blooms are far into their lifecycle; by then they will be more faded, and their color won’t last as well. Flowers with a round blossom will press best if cut in half. If you can’t press your flowers immediately after picking them, place them in a bag in the refrigerator to preserve their color. If you need to refrigerate the flowers, soak the stems in water and cut them diagonally before letting them sit in a vase with water and sugar for a couple of hours. This will help rehydrate them and give them enough color.

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