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Easy Ways to Dry Flowers at Home & Decor Ideas

Some people say they don’t like getting flowers as gifts because the blooms don’t last very long. This girl is not one of them! Please deliver all of the dream flowers to me! You’ll want flowers delivered all the time once you’ve learned how to dry flowers.

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Yes, you could save all of your favorite flowers for as long as you like when you dry them. Or pick your favorite selection of flowers to decorate your home with.

They make excellent additions to your home decor, and they will keep for such a long time! Plus, once you’ve learned how to dry wedding flowers, it means that you can keep your wedding bouquet around after your fabulous day.

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Pampas Grass

How we Press and Dry Flowers is Easy

Dried flowers are so straightforward to do as well!

There are quite a few drying methods to achieve it, and I’m going to show, step by step, some of the preservation method so that you can produce excellent dried flower arrangements too.

Best flowers to dry:

  • Ageratum (floss flower)
  • Rose
  • Pansy
  • Yarrow
  • Amaranthus
  • Lavender
  • Daisy
  • Artemisia for its silvery foliage
  • Astilbe
  • Baby’s breath
  • Thistles
  • Celosia
  • Coneflower
  • Sea lavender
bunny tails

How to Dry Flowers?

The temporary beauty of flowers is one of the things that makes them so beautiful. They’ve achieved their peak after months of transformation from seed to stem. And they fill our homes with scents and beautiful color, for all of maybe two weeks…

I’m sure you’re all like me and want to keep the flowers and your gorgeous arrangements forever.

How to Air Dry Flowers

Materials:

  • Flowers
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Stick or hanger
how to dry flowers

Step 1: Remove the leaves from the blooms
Remove any excess leaves from the flower stems first. If you enjoy the look of greens, you can leave some leaves on the stem; these will dry as well.

Step 2: Arrange the flowers in a group and knot them together
Tie the thread around the base and arrange the flowers as desired. Cut the stems to your desired length if they are too long (matter of personal taste).

Step 3: Use a stick to secure the flowers
Tie a stick to the other end of your string. Hangers, driftwood, copper poles, or a hook are some alternatives to sticks. Whatever you choose, be sure it’s durable enough to retain flowers for an extended amount of time.

Step 4: Hang the flowers to dry
To avoid damaging the fragile flowers, hang the stick somewhere out of the way. They should also be hung in a dark room or somewhere with little light, as the colors will fade if exposed to direct sunlight.

Step 5: Leave for three to four weeks, and then you can display them!
The flowers will take care of the rest once you’ve hung them. They should be totally dry in three to four weeks. Spray with unscented hairspray to keep it looking fresh.
When you come to display them, make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight as they will fade.

How to Dry Flowers in Microwave

Materials:

  • Flowers
  • Silica sand
  • Microwave-safe container
  • Cup of water
how to dry flowers in a microwave

Step 1: Remove the leaves and place them in the container
Remove any undesirable leaves from the flower and cut them to fit into a container.
Place the flower on top of a thin layer of silica sand in a microwave-safe container, with the lid off!

Step 2: Using silica sand, cover the flower
Silica sand should completely cover the bud.
You can put numerous flowers in the same container if they’re little, but make sure they’re thoroughly covered in sand.

Step 3: Microwave in thirty-second intervals
Microwave the container with a cup of water.
You need to Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, as this will give you more control over the result.
Check until the flower appears to be dried. This should take two to three minutes, depending on the floral density.

Step 4: Inspect the Flower before leaving it in the Sand for 24 hrs
Re-bury the bloom once the petals appear to be dried, and leave it for 24 hours.
After this, the flower should be dried fully.

Step 5: Take it out of the sand and put it on display!
Brush off any leftover grains stuck to the petals after removing the flower from the silica sand.

To keep your flowers looking perfect, spritz them with an unscented hairspray and simply display your dried flowers in your home. I’d recommend keeping them out of direct sunshine, just like air drying, to keep the colors from fading.

Using a Microwave is by far the quickest way to dry your flowers quickly.

How to Dry Flowers with Silica Gel

Materials:

  • Flowers
  • Silica gel beads ( this is not silica sand)
  • An Airtight plastic or metal container
    • Caution: After drying flowers, do not reuse your container for food preparation since silica gel may absorb pesticides from the flowers.
  • Pruners or scissors
  • Microwave and glass of water
  • Gloves and mask
how to dry flowers in silica gel

Step 1: Trim the stems off the flowers and pat them dry
For the best result, you need to use fresh flowers, so flowers from your garden are a great choice. Or you can go for a walk and pick some beautiful wildflowers.

Step 2: Pour the gel into an airtight container
This is where you will need to pop on your gloves and mask. Even though Silica Gel is non-toxic, pouring it creates a dust that you don’t really want to inhale or touch.

Fill your container with a 1.5-inch thick layer of crystals.

Then, with the flowers facing up in the container, sprinkle more crystals in and around the petals until they are thoroughly coated but not buried.

Step 3: Seal the lid closed when done
Place the container in a dry place and somewhere where it won’t get knocked.

Step 4: Allow to dry and remove from gel completely
Most flowers will dry enough to be removed from the silica gel after 2-4 days. Rosebuds and zinnias, for example, have thicker centers and may require closer to 7 days.

Remove the flowers from the container once they’ve dried and brush away any extra silica with a gentle brush. If you want to help protect the petals from room humidity, you can leave a little gel deep inside them.

How to Dry Flowers - the Press Method

Pressing flowers is another popular way to dry them. Flowers can be pressed in four distinct ways, depending on what you have on hand and how much time you have.

How to Dry Flowers in a Book

Materials:

  • Flowers
  • Heavy book
  • Absorbent paper (parchment paper, coffee filters, thin cardboard)
  • Weight (pile more books on top or anything that is heavy)
how to dry flowers

Step 1 : Begin by getting your flower ready
Remove any undesirable leaves from the flowers, and place them on parchment paper to allow them to dry flat.

Step 2 : Place absorbent paper on the pages of the book you are using
Large books, such as reference books and phone books, are ideal since they are hefty and have many pages.
Make sure you select a book that you aren’t concerned about getting destroyed. The water from the bloom may wrinkle the book pages.

Step : 3 Place the flowers on parchment paper, facing down
You’ll then need to close the book carefully. Take care not to unsettle the flowers.

Step 4 : On top of the book, stack more books or other heavy things
Ensure that you keep the book in a location that is out of the way and unlikely to be knocked over by accident.

Step 5 : Allow the blooms to rest for 3 to 4 weeks
The flowers will retain less water the longer you press them. Before withdrawing them from the book, give them two to three weeks just to make sure that they are dry.

Replace the parchment paper and allow them to sit for longer if they don’t have a papery sensation.

Put your pressed flowers on display once you’ve finished them!

how to dry flowers

How to Dry Flowers in a Flower Press

Materials:

  • Flowers
  • Flower press
  • Parchment paper
what to do with dry flowers

Step 1: Prepare the Flowers
Remove any unwanted leaves from the flowers and lay them out on parchment paper.

Step 2 : Remove the wingnuts from the bolts by unscrewing them
Remove the top of the press so that the parchment paper will be facing up.

Step 3 : Using parchment paper, cover the wood
Adding another layer of paper will remove any unnecessary cleaning between presses.

Step 4 : On the absorbent paper, arrange your flowers
Replace the top with care. Replace the wingnuts and tighten them.

Step 5 : Leave it to rest for 3 – 4 Weeks
Replace the parchment paper a few times throughout that time to avoid browning.

The flowers can be taken from the press and used for decoration once they have completely dried.

how to dry flowers

How to Press Flowers in a Frame

what to do with dry flowers

Materials:

  • A Wooden Picture Frame
  • Glue
  • Parchment Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Toothpick
  • A small dish or bowl
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
what to do with dry flowers

Step 1 : Remove the back of the Picture Frame as well as the glass.
You may make your picture frame any size you wish. Use a strong wood or metal frame with a glass front.

Step 2 : Cut a piece of paper to fit within your photo frame.
This is where you’ll glue your pressed flowers later.

With the back of your frame removed, measure its exact size with a ruler (this is only to ensure that the paper fits properly within our picture frame), and once you have its proportions, draw it out on your paper with a pencil, using the ruler as a guide, and then cut it out with scissors.

Step 3 : Floral Designs!
Make the pressed flowers look the way you want them to on your frame. The design is completely up to you; just be creative, and you’re good to go!

To make it easier, use a pair of tweezers to move the stems over your frame easily. Don’t glue your pressed flowers yet because they’re delicate and you won’t be able to change them after they’re glued.

Step 4 : Glue to The Paper
Pour a tiny amount of glue in a shallow bowl or dish for added convenience while glueing. This eliminates the need to open your bottle every now and then.

Dip one end of a toothpick in glue and pick a small quantity from the bowl with it. To make your pressed flowers attach to your paper, dab a small amount of glue on the underside.

Step 5 : Let it dry
After you’ve finished gluing all of the pressed flowers in your design, set it aside to rest for an hour or so in a cool, dry location with plenty of air circulation. Place your creation within your picture frame once it is totally dry.

Step 6 : Put the frame back together
Attach or reinstall your picture frame securing screws or tabs, mirror, and rear stand for the finishing touch.

And you are all done! Hand it, place it on the side. It’s going to look fabulous!

What to do with Dried Flowers?

There are many things that you can do with dried flowers. A lot of people use them for arts and crafts and some simply use them in vases. Did you know that Dried Pampas Grass decor is the decor trend of the season?

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Also your Dried Wedding Flowers look stunning in a simple matte vase.

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But obviously they also look beautiful in a frame, I mean who doesn’t love delicate flower art, for our boho home decor, which creates some fabulous unique wall art.

Tips and Tricks to Style Dried Flowers

If you need some helpful guidance on floral arrangements of your dried Pampas Grass and Bunny Tails Grass, you should head over to How To Style with Dried Flowers. You’ll love it!

FAQS

How long does it take for flowers to dry?

In three to four weeks, they should be completely dry if you are using the hanging method.

How do you store dried flowers?

Wrap your dried flowers in newspaper to keep them from absorbing moisture from the air while they’re being stored. Then, to prevent them from being crushed, place the wrapped flowers in a box. Keep them away from moist basements and excessively dry areas such as attics.

How do you dry flowers and preserve their color?

Cut flowers right before they fully open, tie them in bundles, and hang them upside down in a dry, dark, warm spot to achieve the most incredible color. Because light bleaches color, you’ll obtain the best color retention from dark locations. When blue and yellow flowers are air-dried, they maintain a lot of their color.