Drying your own flowers
Whether it’s a surprise bouquet from a loved one or a congratulatory bouquet, you have a few options for drying and preserving your flowers. You might be wondering how to dry flowers or where to start! Fret not, here are 2 simple ways to dry your flowers and keep them in shape :)
Items you’ll need:
- Stick or hanger
- Prepare flowers by removing leaves from the flower stems.
- Group flowers and tie them together with a string.
- Attach the flowers to a stick.
- Hang the flowers to dry.
You saw that right! A quicker alternative would be to use your microwave and silica gel to preserve your flowers.
Items you’ll need:
- Silica Gel
- Microwave-safe dish
- Fine-tip brush
- Acrylic spray
- Cover the bottom of the microwave-safe dish with a layer of about an inch of silica gel.
- Place the flowers in and gently pour more gel over the petals. Ensure to do this gently so that the petals will stay upright.
- Place the uncovered container in the microwave.
- The microwave temperature and time varies according to the type of flower. Our recommendation would be to start it on the lowest heat levels for 2-3 minutes.
- Ensure to keep a close eye on the flowers while it is in the microwave!
- Once flowers have completely dried, open the microwave and immediately cover the container.
- Remove the covered container from the microwave, leave a small opening for the hot air to escape and let it sit for 24 hours.
- Clean the gel from the petals with a fine-tip brush and then mist with an acrylic spray (also available at craft stores).
Now that you have your beautiful dried flowers, here are a few tips to keep them in good shape:
- Keep dried flowers out of direct sunlight to reduce fading.
- Keep dried flowers away from heat vents.
- Gently dust dried flowers whenever needed
- To keep them pristine, spray with unscented hairspray.
- When not in use, store dried flowers in a box in a dry place away from dry heat.
We hope you managed to find some inspiration on preserving your flowers further!