How to Dry Flowers: 4 Ways to Get Dried Flowers

What to do with your beautiful flowers after Valentine’s Day or what to do with the flowers, which is about to fade? 

Today, we will show you 4 ways to dry your dying flowers, which will not only preserve their beauty and sentimental value, but also provide your some dried flowers to make some craft projects, handiwork, such as greeting cards, and also making scented candles.

 

A )  Natural Air Dry Flower 

 

1. Strip excess foliage from flowers and cut stems to desired length (no shorter than six inches). To help flowers retain their color during the drying process, make sure to remove them from sunlight as soon as they’re cut. Hang flowers individually or rubber-band stems together to hang a bouquet.

2. Find a dark, dry area with good circulation, such as an attic or unused closet. With unflavored dental floss, secure the bottom of the flowers’ stems to a hanger so that they hang upside down to dry. Leave flowers for two to three weeks until completely dry.

3. Remove flowers from hangers and spray with unscented hairspray for protection.

B) Pressing with object

It is the most easiest way to make a dried flowers. what you need to do is press the flesh flower with a heavy object. First, Find a baseboard, like newspaper, paperboard or something else. Lay flesh flower on it with a pose you like. Then, press it with a big and heavy object, such as big dictionary or heavy boxes.  Change the baseboard after one week, and continue pressing with the heavy object. Finally, Remove the heavy object about 1-2 weeks later, and you get the dried flowers.

C) Desiccant

Lay a layer of desiccant at the bottom of a transparent box. Then put the flesh flowers on the desiccant. Finally, cover the box. The desiccant will change color after absorbing water. A transparent box can observe the dehydration process. It always takes a week to get the dried flowers.

 

D) Microwave

1. Find a microwave-safe container that will hold your flowers and fit into the microwave. (Do not use a dish you want to use for food again after this project.)

2. Cover the bottom of the container with an inch or two of silica gel, a bit more for larger blossoms. Place flowers blossom-up in the gel and then pour more gel over the petals. Pour gently so that petals don’t get flattened.

3. Place the uncovered container in the microwave. Microwave temperature and time will vary according to the type of flower, so this step requires a bit of trial and error. Start the microwave on one or two heat levels above defrost for 2-5 minutes. (Roses can withstand more heat, while daisies prefer lower temperatures.) Check your flower’s progress after a short time and then periodically. Increase heat and time as needed.

3. Once flowers are dry, open the microwave and immediately cover the container. Remove the covered container from the microwave, open the top a quarter of a centimeter, and let it sit for 24 hours.

4. Clean the gel from the petals with a fine brush and then mist with an acrylic spray (also available at craft stores).

 

Now, you can use these dried flowers for your candle making.

 

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