Floral Imprinting Tutorial

Ever since reading EyeSwoon’s blog post, I’ve been dying to try floral imprinting (directions below). I dried out a bunch of wax flowers and cornflowers and then got to work. My house smelled like a very interesting tea while the bundle was steaming away, but the scarf turned out beautifully! 

I was surprised that the cornflower had left only yellow behind, no blue. And the wax flowers added a subtle splash of dark pink in a few spots. Going into the project I hadn’t researched what colors/flowers would be best, so it was a total shot in the dark but I still love how it turned out. It’s available in my shop here

I’ve been collecting fallen blossoms from around the neighborhood (this time after researching which ones yield brighter colors) and am excited for my next scarf steaming day :)


By Cara Marie Piazza and Andrea Gentl


  • Steamer pot, or non-reactive pot and grill grate (toaster oven shelf)
  • Silk fabric
  • Tongs
  • Rubber bands or string
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Bowl or spray bottle (for distilled vinegar)
  • Plant matter
  • Rubber gloves


  • Collect your flowers and save them in an airtight container or resealable bag. If you’re not using them immediately, put them in your freezer.
  • Cover your workspace with newspaper or on old cloth, lay out the silk fabric and put on your rubber gloves. Now it’s time to decide what pattern you’d like to create. The pattern is created where the petals touch the fabric. So, either leave the flower heads on or pluck and scatter the petals to create your desired look.
  •  Starting from one end, tightly and evenly roll the fabric so it looks like a snake. As you roll, try to keep all the flower matter well-packed in your bundle.
  • Tie up your roll with rubber bands or string. It should resemble a sausage when you’re done.
  • Pour distilled vinegar into a bowl or spray bottle. If you’re using a bowl, dip your roll in the vinegar, wetting the roll thoroughly. Or with a spray bottle, spritz the fabric roll evenly throughout.
  • If you have a steamer pot, great! If not, just fill a pot with water, bring it to a boil, and add a grill grate, like the rack from your toaster oven, on top to create a shelf for steaming.
  • Place your bundle on your steamer pot or grill grate, fully immersed in steam, for at least one hour — but the longer, the better!
  • Using your tongs, pick up your bundle and rinse lightly under cold water. Unroll and shake all the flower bits off your fabric, then give the fabric another quick rinse in cold water.
  • Let your silk dry naturally overnight. When it’s dry the next day, iron it to set the color.
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