The Easiest Pressed Flower Vase Decor for Your Kitchen

Bring a touch of nature and personalized beauty to your kitchen decor with these easy steps on making a pressed flower vase!

It is time for the May Handcrafted Society project post. Michelle from Thistle Key Lane chose flowers for our theme. Oh, you are going to love what everyone came up with!

The Handcrafted Society May Floral Projects.

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If you coming over from my friend Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse, welcome to Sonata Home Design. Don’t you just love her plant pots with aluminum flowers? She is so creative!

Pressed Flowers as Decor for Your Kitchen

Don’t you just love flowers in the kitchen?

Sometimes the flowers are from the back yard and sometimes they are from the grocery store.

And sometimes I am surprised with a lovely gift of flowers!

I love it when they are fresh and new but always feel a little sad when they wilt and droop.

Well, I’ve come up with a great way to keep flowers in your kitchen any time you want. A decorative vase with flowers on the vase!

From Bottle Trash to Vase Decor Treasure

I know you come across empty bottles all the time. We rinse them out, recycle them, and then forget about them.

A single glass recycled bottle.

I must have a thing for decorating with bottles in the kitchen because I found all of these past posts on glass home decor in the kitchen!

Glass Bottles with Decoupaged Paper Napkins

What to Put in Decorative Glass Jars in the Kitchen

One Bottle, Four Ways

An Inexpensive Spring Flower Display

Save your glass bottles! You will be amazed at the beautiful home decor you can make with recycled bottles!

Three glass bottles on a tray.

Today I’m sharing a way to upcycle a glass bottle with pressed flowers.

Now, to be totally honest, I did not press my own flowers for this project. Instead, I ordered them directly from Amazon! I was thrilled with the variety of flowers and all of the beautiful colors!

Massive time saver!

But you may want to press your own flowers!

Pressed dried flowers ordered online.

How to Press Flowers

Good news! There is an easy way to press flowers if you want to do it yourself.

Gather your materials. You will need a heavy book, some parchment paper, and of course, your fresh flowers!

Choose your flower. Picking a flower that is flat will work best for pressing. Some good choices include pansies, roses, and daisies.

Prepare your flower. Start by gently removing any excess leaves or stems from your flower.  Place your flower between two pieces of parchment paper. Make sure that the petals of your flower are not touching each other, as this can cause them to brown.

Three purple daisy blooms.
Daisy blooms placed between layers of parchment paper.

Close your heavy book and weigh it down with some additional books or magazines.

A thick book sitting on top of floral blooms.

Check on your flowers after about a week to see how they are progressing. If they are not yet dry, leave them for another week or so before checking again.

Once your flowers are dry, you can use them for craft and decorating projects.

Multi-colored pressed flowers.

Supplies for a Pressed Flower Vase

Here is what you need for this project.

  • Smooth clean bottle or clear glass vase (A cylindrical body works best.)
  • Pressed Flowers
  • Decoupage glue (I use ModPodge.)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Tweezers
  • Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover
A tray holding the project supplies which include decoupage glue, small brushes, and dried flowers.

Making Your Pressed Flower Vase

It helps if you lay out the flowers first and arrange them in the general pattern that you want. Try different patterns and variations.

I started with larger “bloom” flowers at the bottom and interspersed taller, wispy flowers for a natural floral display with a variety of heights.

Pressed flowers arranged in a design.

It is helpful to know that pressed flowers are very fragile and delicate. I’m afraid I have pulled off an occasional petal when I got in a hurry and worked too aggressively.

Tweezers are the way to go! It is a good idea to use tweezers to move and manipulate the flowers.

Picking up a pressed flower with tweezers.

Brush a small amount of glue onto the side of the bottle at the bottom. With your tweezers, grab a pressed flower and place it on top of the glue. Press down on the flower gently with your finger or the tweezers.

Applying a pressed flower to the side of the bottle vase.
Applying a layer of glue over the applied pressed flowers.

Let it sit for about a minute and then lightly brush additional decoupage glue on top of it.

Continue to add flowers and create your own flower garden around the glass bottle.

Don’t be afraid to overlap flowers to create the look of an abundance of flowers. Sometimes with the overlapping of flowers, you will need to add just a little glue between petals.

Continue around and up the sides of the bottle as far as you would like to go. 

Applying flowers to the vase decor in the kitchen.

Let your bottle “bouquet of flowers” dry completely.

And, Voila! A beautiful new bottle vase for your home!

How to Decorate Your Kitchen with Your Pressed Flower Vase

Now that you have the basics of pressing and preserving your personal collection of flowers and creating the perfect bottle vase, get creative with it! 

This looks so pretty as kitchen island decor or is a perfect addition to a kitchen table! 

A pressed flower bottle vase displayed among other glass decor in on a kitchen bar cart.

Here are some other ideas for displaying your new bottle vase.

  • Bud vases are perfect for showcasing a beautiful display of flowers and fresh floral arrangements.
  • Or leave the bottle empty so the vase itself is the statement piece.
  • Style your flower bottle on your kitchen counters or island amid other plants or flowers as a beautiful centerpiece.
  • Place your floral masterpiece against your counter’s backsplash or on a kitchen baker’s rack for a pop of color!
  • Bring out your cake stands and place your vase of flowers on top for a touch of elegance.
  • Set your bottle in front of a window and let the sunshine pour through the glass and illuminate the flowers!
  • And, if you like, these flower bottles make a great gift idea!
Pressed flower kitchen vase decor sitting in front of wood cutting boards.

A glass bottle vase with pressed flowers is a beautiful way to keep your kitchen blooming year-round and looking fresh and inviting!

A floral vase displayed as decor on a kitchen table.

Now head to see Diane at South House Designs. She has an ingenious and clever idea for flower arranging! Trust me…you will love it!

Enjoy all of your beautiful flowers!


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An Easy Pressed Flower Bottle Vase Project for your Kitchen.


  1. Missy, this is just darling! What a great way to gift flowers in this pretty glass ‘vase’. Perfect for mother’s day or any time really. I love how this project came out! Great post! I can’t wait to check out all of the other ladies’ ideas! XO

    1. Thanks, Susan! I was thinking it was a great gift idea for Mother’s Day too. Then my daughter saw it and loved it…maybe create my own “Daughter’s Day!” Thanks my friend! XO

  2. Missy, this is so cute! and who knew you could buy dried flowers on Amazon… I guess you can buy just about anything on Amazon these days. Love your creativity my friend.

    1. It is awfully fun to pressed your own flowers but Amazon sure is quicker! Thanks for stopping by dear friend!

  3. Missy,
    What a great idea. I’ve never thought about using dried flowers like this. I love how your project turned out. Thanks for having me along this month.

    1. Thank you, Rachel! It was really a treat to have you join us this month! So fun to work with the flower theme and see what everyone came up with. What creativity!

    1. Thank you so much! It was really fun to work with the flower theme this month! Cheers, my friend!

    1. You are so sweet, Michelle! I think we can both try each other’s project! So much fun to play with pressed flowers. Thank you so much for getting us organized this month. So appreciated!

  4. Oh, I love how it turned out, Missy. I didn’t know you could get pre-pressed flowers. How handy! I may need to try this and upcycle some of the old vases I have laying around.

    Thanks for sharing this fun tutorial!

    1. I was surprised as well that you could buy pressed flowers. I was amazed at their vibrant color. Definitely a time saver! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

  5. No playing, Missy, I was watching this show on PBS called Tom Jones last night and one of the scenes in the show showed a lady pressing flowers. It was so cool I put it on my list to learn more about and here’s your post. I love the way this project came together. It’s really beautiful and would make such an extra special gift idea! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Hi CoCo! I love this! I am actually quite new to the idea of pressing flowers. I know that my grandmother did it all the time. I guess it skipped a generation to me! Thanks so much for your sweet words! Hugs back! ~Missy

    1. Oh, Rachel! You are so sweet! Thank you so much! When I began this project, I was thinking of giving it to my mother for Mother’s Day. Then, one of my daughters saw it and love it. So she is getting it as a gift as well! Thank you so much for your sweet words!

  6. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t start in time to order flowers from Amazon or we would have been twins. I love this and am going to makes some on larger jars and add votives for the deck. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas.

  7. Why am I not surprised that you came up with such a clever way to use pressed flowers! These are lovely and so original! (And thanks for the tip on the tequila bottles)!

    1. Thank you, Jenna! I love to upcycle bottles too…this project might be my favorite so far!

  8. AWESOME upcycle, Missy!
    We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
    Creatively, Beth

  9. This is a gorgeous project, Missy! Thanks for the tutorial for these pretty pressed posie vases! I’m delighted to be featuring your post at Tuesday Turn About this week! Pinned!

  10. What a great idea Missy! I have been keeping glass jars back so they do not end up in the trash. I think I need to give this project a try since I am running out of ideas to do with my glass. Super cute! Thank you for sharing.

    1. I’m so glad you like it, Melanie! It has turned out to be one of my favorite projects. I would love to see yours when you finish!

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