The artistry of a flower does not end when it starts to wither. You can actually save your bouquet’s grandeur through drying them up for a lasting home decoration. Even past their heyday, dried blooms still make an ideal gift as they bring joy all year round.
Dried blossoms are a pleasant and inexpensive substitute to crisp bouquets. Some flowers like roses and lavender exude a natural odor and can last for a long time. Primarily, you should harvest blooms at their best. They will not be good for drying if they are already past their prime. You can gather posies from your garden early at dawn or during a cold evening when they aren’t exposed to the sun. If you don’t have one in your backyard, you may visit a local flower shop or simply order flowers online.
The simplest drying method which involves plainly arranging the stalks in a vase with water and leaving the liquid to evaporate does not produce a good result to all variety of flowers. You can apply these drying techniques to your favorite bunch of flowers.
This is an easy method appropriate for floral arrangements. This method goes best with grasses, herbs, larkspur, lavender, roses, strawflowers, tansy and yarrow.
- Using a rubber band, group and bind bunches or cut flowers together and remove their bottom foliage. You will notice that once those blossoms start dry, the rubber band will set to constrict.
- You can utilize wire coat hangers, clothes lines, ropes to hang the flowers, as long as they are draped inverted in a well-ventilated area. Leave them far from sunlight and make sure there is a space between bunches for proper air circulation.
- Depending on the humidity of your location, you’ll have to wait for several days for your blossoms to dry.
- Once the blossoms are wholly dried up, store them evenly and wrapped in a tissue paper.
- Store them in boxes or any ventilated containers and place them in a cool location. The blooms are expected to diminish by about a half or more. They also tend to have darker colors.
Silica Gel is a sandy substance used as a medium of preservation that produces a more accurate version of dried flowers. You can purchase this in any handicrafts store that sells floral products. Take note that this method works well with sturdier posies like roses, zinnias, dahlias, daisies and peonies. Blooms considered to be feeble and have thin petals may not be able to endure this procedure.
- Get a big container ready and place enough Silica granules inside that will completely sink your flowers.
- Soak your blooms in the container for several days or up to a week, depending on how they dry up.
- Carefully remove the flower and remove any sandy residue to uncover your beautiful dried posy. Similar to the air drying procedure, the color of your bloom will look different, it may even have a slightly darker shade.
- Keep your Silica Gel as it can still be recycled for another “dried flowers” project.
- Gather flowers free from spots or blemishes
- Get an encyclopedia or any other heavy book.
- Mark a page with a parchment or wax paper then place the flowers face down without overlapping them.
- Close the book for seven (7) to ten (10) days, weigh it down and leave it untouched.
- Check if the flower has a papery feeling to make sure that all the moisture is gone. You can also use your pressed flowers as a lovely bookmark or stationery.
Apply these 3 techniques in order to lengthen the beauty of your posies. Remember to keep them away from high humidity and direct sunlight to prevent them from breaking down.