Flower Preservation Guide: How to Dry Flowers in Your Home

by Robert Canning on April 15, 2022

While fresh flowers are always beautiful, there's also a delicate elegance that comes with dry and preserved flowers. And drying flowers can also be a great way to preserve memories. For example, you may want to preserve your wedding bouquet as a way to commemorate your special day. And the great thing about drying and preserving flowers is that you can easily do them in your home.

How to Air Dry Flowers

One of the easiest methods for preserving flowers is simply to air dry them. To do this, you'll want to follow the steps below:

Find a location where the flowers will be undisturbed. You want to find a location that has plenty of airflows, room to spread out the flowers, and is well-ventilated. Dry flowers are flammable, so do not dry them near any flames.

You want to find a location that has plenty of airflows, room to spread out the flowers, and is well-ventilated. Dry flowers are flammable, so do not dry them near any flames. Separate the flower heads from the stems. Be sure to place the flower heads in a single layer and make sure they are not in contact with each other or any other surfaces.

Be sure to place the flower heads in a single layer and make sure they are not in contact with each other or any other surfaces. Let the flowers dry. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the type of flower and the humidity of your home.

How to Press Flowers

Drying flowers into a pressed flower book is a fun and unique way to preserve flowers. For this project, you'll also want to follow these steps:

Select the flowers that you want to press. You can use flowers with stems and flowers without stems.

Prepare the flower heads by removing the leaves and buds. You'll want to remove these parts in order to make room for the flower petals.

Place the flower heads between two sheets of wax or blotting paper. Use a heavy book to apply weight to the flower heads. Find a flower press or use a heavy-duty book. Gently press the flower heads between blotting paper and place them in the book or flower press.

It can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the type of flower and the humidity of your home.

How to Use a Microwave to Dry Flowers

If you're in a time crunch, you can use a microwave to dry flowers in a very short amount of time. To do this, follow the steps below:

Remove the leaves and buds from the flower heads. Spread the flower heads in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate with the blossoms facing up.

Microwave on high power for 10 seconds and check to see if the flowers are dry. This can take as little as 15 seconds for flowers that are known for drying quickly, and it can take as long as one minute for flowers that are tough and hard to dry.

Final Thoughts

You don't have to throw away those beautiful dried flower bouquets when they're no longer fresh. Instead, you can dry and preserve flowers with the steps above.

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