DIY Pressed Flowers Shadow Box: Easy & Beautiful Home Decor



Turn beautiful blooms into everlasting beauty with a DIY Pressed Flowers Shadow Box! This easy and enjoyable project is a perfect way to preserve your favorite flowers and create stunning, home decor. It is a fun and relaxing activity that perfectly personalizes your space with a touch of nature’s elegance.

With a few easy steps, you can transform pressed flowers into a beautiful art piece. Let me show you what is needed to get started!

The simple act of pressing flowers transports me back to a childhood immersed in the fragrance and vibrant colors of our 88-acre flower farm. Growing up, I was surrounded by generations who nurtured a love for flowers – grandparents who owned a florist shop, and my parents, uncle, and grandparents who all shared a passion for cultivating blooms. Flowers have alway been a part of my life.

What is the best way for drying and pressing flowers?

Looking to preserve your favorite flowers or foliage? You can explore the many drying and pressing methods available, from the quick convenience of the microwave to the traditional charm of a book press. My preferred technique? A simple book press.

Fold a sheet of parchment paper in half. Place one or two paper towels on the parchment paper bottom. The paper towels will absorb the moisture from the flowers. Arrange your flowers or leaves on paper towels, then fold the topped of the parchment paper over the flowers. I have found it makes no difference if your flowers are face up or face down.

Next carefully slide the parchment paer with the flower onto the inside of a large book. Here I am using a paper calendar. The pages are heavy enough to add weight.

Desk top calendar

You can see my paper towel sticking out. Place one to two heavier books on top and wait 7-10 days for complete drying.

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  • Any flowers, ferns, or leaves (I am using pansies, violets, leaves, and woodland ferns)
  • Paper towels
  • Parchment paper
  • Large sea shell
  • Shadowbox
  • Hot glue gun, and glue sticks
  • Matted Modge Podge
  • Artist paintbrush
  • 2 Large oversized books

Creative Ways To Display Dried Pressed Flowers – Shadow Box

There are many creative ways to display dried pressed flowers in a shadow box! Here are some ideas to get you started:


  • Simple and Elegant: For a classic look, use a single type of flower in the center of the box. You can arrange the stems in a symmetrical way or create a more organic flow.
  • Mixed Media: Combine pressed flowers with other dried elements like leaves and ferns. Play with textures and sizes for a visually interesting display.
  • Layered Look: Create depth by using different layers of flowers. Place larger flowers in the back and smaller ones in the front for a dimensional effect.
  • Storytelling: Incorporate small mementos or something related to the flowers. This could be a postcard, letter, ticket stub, an index card with handwritten or typed information about the flower, etc.

Background and Accents:

  • Fabric: Line the back of the shadow box with fabric that complements the colors of your flowers. Choose a muted tone for a more traditional look or a bolder pattern for a modern twist. I love linens and burlap to line the back of a shadow box. Grass cloth or sample wallpaper works well too.
  • Paper: Use decorative papers or tissue papers, botanical pages from a book, scrapbook paper, or sheet music as a backdrop. This can add a touch of color or pattern and tie in with a specific theme.
  • Paint: For a more customized look, paint the back of the shadow box in a color that complements your flowers.
  • Embellishments: Add a touch of elegance with lace, ribbon, or twine. You can also use small decorative items like vintage buttons or jewelry.

My Display

I am using a 8×10 Shadow Box Frame with Linen Back. It has a magnetic closure with real glass and push pins included. It is available in a variety of colors. The one in the photo is distressed white. You can use the linen background or choose to something else.

The beauty of the linen background lies in its versatility. It acts as a neutral canvas, perfectly highlighting any mementos or flowers you choose. But today, I’m getting a little creative! Let’s incorporate a unique element: a large, 3-inch white seashell. We’ll use hot glue to strategically secure it to the fabric, focusing on the middle and lower edge.

Working With Dried Pressed Flowers

Dried flowers can be delicate to the touch. To prevent the flowers from breaking apart, you will need to gently handle them. I find a plastic small spatula (for paints) or knife works well.

The small dried ferns the leaves will break easily. Gently dap with Mod Podge using an artist’s small flat paintbrush. Slide a plastic spatula or knife under it. Flip the fern onto the fabric. Gently move the fern into place.

Add flowers and dried leaves to a desire design. Play around with it. You only need a dab of Mod Podge and the flower or leaf will stay in place. The ferns will require a little more of the Mod Podge.

DIY Pressed Flowers on a shell in a shadowbox.

As a finishing touch, I’ve displayed these pressed flowers on a couple of vintage books, showcasing their beauty and adding a touch of floral charm to any space.

Dried pressed flowers on a sea shell for a coastal vibe on line in a shadow box. Styled on a shelf with shiplap backsplash.

This shadowbox can be displayed on a shelf or hung on the wall. It’s such an affordable way to create art for your home.

Handcrafted Society with images of dried flowers.

I am honored to be a part of the Handcrafted Society. Follow along each month as we share the inspirational projects you can create for your home. This month our focus is pressed flowers.

What I love about the Handcrafted Society is seeing the passion and creativity. We are all creating using the same medium or the same theme. It is so inspirational to see the interpretations and the projects that have been made for our homes.

You can see all of the projects at the end of this post. The images and links lead you to the project of each blogger. You are bound to find inspiration to create something to reflect your personality and style for the home.

The beauty of this project lies in its customizability. You can play with different flower arrangements, colors, and background textures to create a shadow box that perfectly reflects your style. Hang it on your wall, display it on a bookshelf, or gift it to a friend.

Enjoy your day, sweet friend!

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  1. You are so clever in using the shell behind the flower! I love pansies so love the idea of using them in a shadowbox. Great post, Tammuy! Thank you!

  2. Hi Tammy – First I have to share there is a white lilac bush in our neighborhood blooming right now and it is so beautiful. It smells heavenly.

    Second – I love your shadow box project! The dried pansies are especially charming. I agree the linen background is perfect. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  3. Tammy, I love your beautiful shadow box! What a beautiful piece of art to display in your home! The combination of your florals with the shell is so creative!

  4. Tammy, Your shadow box is lovely and so creative! I love how you combined a shell with the pressed flowers! I adore pansies, they remind me of my great-grandmother! Pinning now!

  5. How clever Tammy! To combine the pressed flowers with shells — so beautiful!

    It must have been magical growing up on a flower farm. I never knew that about you. No wonder you’re so sweet and tranquil.

  6. I love the coastal vibe, Tammy — and then displaying it in a shadow box? Such a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.

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