How to dry your flowers
From decorating your office to the centrepiece of your wedding, flowers set the tone for a magical decoration and a memorable event.
But what do you do with the flowers once the special day is over? Dry them!
When you dry flowers, you can keep all your favourite flowers for as long as you like. And not only do dried flowers last, they are an environmentally friendly way to decorate your home. Whether you want to line your mantelpiece with dried roses, create dried flower arrangements to hang in your room or scent your home with potpourri, dried flowers are the answer.
To help you get started, Flowrette has provided a guide on how to dry flowers in four different ways. We've also included charts to help you work out how long flowers should be dried for, and ideas on how to incorporate dried flowers into your home so you can keep roses and flowers too. Thank you Flowrette!
Finally, if you are not very DIY, don't panic, you can also find our dried flowers by the bunch. They are ready to go and you will receive them in an instant!
Our different techniques for making dried flowers
How to air dry flowers ?
What you will need:
4. stick or hanger
Step 1: Prepare the flowers by removing the leaves
To begin with, remove any extra foliage from the flower stems. You can leave some leaves on the stem if you like greenery, they will also dry out.
Step 2: Group the flowers and tie them together
Group the flowers as desired and tie the string around the base. If the stems are too long (personal preference), cut them to the desired length.
Step 3: Tie the flowers to a stick
Tie the other end of your string to a stick. You can also use coat hangers, driftwood, copper poles or a hook. Whatever you choose, make sure it is strong enough to hold the flowers for a long time.
Step 4: Hang the flowers to dry
Hang the stick in a secluded place so as not to damage the delicate flowers. They should also be hung in a dark environment or in a place that receives minimal light. Any direct light will cause the colours to fade.
Step 5: Leave for three to four weeks and observe!
Once you have hung the flowers, they will do the rest. In three or four weeks they should be completely dry. To keep them pristine, spray them with unscented hairspray. If you decide to display them as a decoration, be sure to keep the dried flowers in a place away from direct light.
How to dry flowers ... in the microwave!
What you will need:
2. Silica sand
3. A microwave-safe container
4. One cup of water
Step 1: Remove the leaves and place them in a container:
Remove the unnecessary leaves from the flower and cut it so that it fits into the container. Fill the microwave-safe container with a thin layer of silica sand and place the flower on top.
Step 2: Cover the flower with silica sand:
Cover the flower completely with silica sand. If the flowers are small, you can place several in the same container, but make sure that they are completely covered with sand.
Step 3: Microwave in thirty second intervals:
Place the container in the microwave with a cup of water. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments. Check until the flower looks dry. Depending on the density of the flower, this should take two to three minutes.
Step 4: Check the flower, then leave it in the sand for 24 hours:
Once the petals of the flower appear to be dry, rebury it and leave it for 24 hours. This will ensure that the flower is completely dry.
Step 5: Remove sand and expose!
Remove the flower from the silica sand and brush off any extra grains that are stuck to the petals. Spray with unscented hairspray to keep them pristine. Display your dried flowers in your home or use them as crafts. As with air-drying, do not expose them to direct sunlight to prevent the colours from fading.
Microwave times :
To dry small open flowers:
-the baby's breathing
We count between 1 and 2 minutes.
For drying medium-sized flowers with several petals
- single button
- purple foxglove
We count between 2 and 3 minutes.
For drying large, dense flowers
We count between 3 and 4 minutes.
How to dry flowers in a flower press
Another common method of drying flowers is to press them.
There are four different ways to press flowers, depending on what you have available and how much time you have. These four methods include pressing the flowers with a book, a flower press, an iron and the microwave.
Intrigued? Find out how to press flowers, step by step.
Everyone has old books lying around the house, so why not use them?
2. Heavy book
3. Absorbent paper (parchment paper, coffee filters, thin cardboard)
4. Weight (may be just other books)
Step 1: Start by preparing your flower
Remove all the excess leaves and lay it flat on baking paper.
Step 2: Open the book and place paper towels on the pages
Large books, such as dictionaries and telephone books, are the most effective because they are heavy and have many pages that you can use. Make sure you choose a book that you don't mind damaging. It is possible that the water from the flower will wrinkle the pages of the book.
Step 3: Place the flowers face down on the baking paper
Close the book carefully, taking care not to move the flowers
Step 4: Place other books or other heavy objects on top of the book
Place them in a place where they are not likely to be bumped into.
Step 5: Leave the flowers to rest for 3 to 4 weeks.
The longer you press the flowers, the less water they contain. Leave them for two to three weeks before removing them from the book. If they do not look like paper, change the greaseproof paper and leave them for longer.
Once you have created your pressed flowers, you can display them!
To go even further!
Before making dried flowers, it is important to choose them well. Our florists have prepared a list of dried flowers for you to choose from.
Now that you know how to dry your flowers. You have dried flowers. But do you know about stabilized flowers? Flowers that last forever and stay fresh! If you're curious, check out our guide to stabilised flowers:)