How to dry flowers in 4 simple steps
Fresh flowers are a beautiful addition to any interior decor, but they are not a long-lasting addition. However, once you learn how to dry flowers, you can make your flowers last much longer, and you can save money that you would have used on spraying a new bouquet.
Drying flowers is a useful (and easy) craft project to tackle. It’s a great way to preserve a bouquet that has sentimental value or meaning to you, such as a congratulations bouquet, wedding bouquet or a Mother’s Day gift – a dried flower arrangement is a beautiful keepsake and a way to keep the memory alive. .
“Dried flowers are a great addition in the home because they look beautiful and last a long time,” says Carolyn Grimble, lead florist at Bloom & Wild.
“When we talk to our new customers, we find that pressing and drying their bouquet to preserve as a keepsake is sometimes more important than preserving their dress. The flowers they have chosen, when dried, last forever and are then passed on to future generations.”
Alternatively, you may want to create a dried flower bouquet from flowers you have grown in your garden, such as fragrant lavender, or perhaps purchase flowers specifically to make a dried flower arrangement for a stunning decoration at a wedding or other special event. Occasions.
If you want to move away from buying fresh flowers every week and prefer a more sustainable display, purchasing dried flowers for a bouquet with you in mind can create beautiful decor in any room.
How to air dry flowers
When it comes to drying flowers, there are several methods, including placing the flowers in the microwave or oven. You can also use a flower press which makes beautiful dried flowers for craft projects. But the most direct way to dry flowers is to simply hang them in a cool, dark room, such as an attic or closet.
“Flowers can be preserved by hanging them upside down in a dark, dry place for a few weeks,” says Caroline.
“Simply tie the flowers together with string and tie them to a hanger or pole for a few weeks – and leave time to do the rest.”
According to Pro Flowers, air drying works best for bouquets and hardy flowers like roses, or small, long-lasting varieties like lavender.
Flowers that have just appeared or are about to bloom are ideal for air drying.
Some simple steps to take are:
1. Remove excess foliage From the bottom of the flower heads because they weaken when they dry. Cut the stems to the desired length, but not less than six inches.
2. Divide your flowers Into smaller clusters of the same type of flower, and try not to contain more than six or seven flowers each.
3. Use string to hang your flowers upside down – Hang it on a hook, pole or hanger – and leave it to dry for about three weeks. Check them regularly after the first week, suggests Flying Flowers. The petals will rustle and become firm when ready.
4. Spray the flowers with hairspray Once dry remove from hanger. According to Pro Flowers, this will help protect them.
Top tips for drying flowers
Expert advice from Serenata Flowers and Flying Flowers suggests considering the following before drying your flowers.
1. Avoid leaving flowers to dry in direct sunlight – this will cause the color to fade.
2. Keep in mind that flowers with a high water content, such as lilies, are not suitable for drying.
3. Different colors of flowers can dry differently. For example, oranges and yellows maintain the best vibrancy, while blues and purples may dry out darker.
4. Flowers in full bloom are more likely to lose their petals when dried, so start the process sooner rather than later.
Flower press kits
If you prefer, you can purchase a craft kit to dry your flowers – there are plenty of flower pressing kits on the market. Here are some of our favorites.
How to display dried flowers
Dried flowers are becoming increasingly popular – they can look beautifully delicate, while also adding wonderful drama and depth of color to an arrangement. As we mentioned before, you will enjoy them much longer than a fresh bouquet.
Although they will look stunning in a vase or pitcher, there are plenty of other ways to display dried flowers including making a wreath, decorating them around a mirror or picture frame, and placing them in a woven basket for a more rustic feel.
Dried flowers don’t need a lot of fuss to look great. Simply wrap it with string and place it on the table for effect or hang it from a hook on the wall.
To keep dried flowers looking their best, never expose them in dry sunlight or near a heat source, according to Bloom & Wild. You also need to keep it away from moisture. Not only does it not need watering, it is best not to keep it in a damp place.
Keep in mind that dried flowers are fragile, so if they need dusting, be gentle and use something non-damaging like a feather duster.
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