Keep the natural blooming beauty of summer going year-round by drying your favorite flowers. This time-honored craft keeps your favorite blooms looking lovely by removing moisture and retaining the flowers’ original shape and color.
Flowers are perkiest in the early morning or at night, so pick them then. You can use these drying techniques to preserve for years in vases, frames or hang them around your home.
5 Ways to Dry Flowers:
1. Air Dry
The most traditional drying technique is to hang flowers upside down in the open air. Gather flowers in a bunch and secure stems with a rubber band or twist tie. Hang in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Within a few weeks, flower petals will have shrunk and turned a beautiful vintage color. Arrange in a vase and enjoy for up to a year.
The pressed method is best when you want to use dried flowers for more than just decorating. Line a middle page of a heavy book with parchment or wax paper. Arrange flowers face down and don’t overlap. Close the book and wait 10 days. Once the moisture is gone, you can use your pressed flowers to make bookmarks, add to photo albums or to fill a picture frame.
If you need flowers dried quickly, use the oven. Preheat the oven to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and leave the door slightly ajar, allowing moisture to escape. Place flowers on a cookie sheet in the oven and turn flowers every 15 minutes. Carefully remove flowers when crisp and brittle.
Place flowers in an open container such as a cardboard box. Pour about 1-2” of sand box sand into container until flowers and stems are buried. Store the container in a warm, dry area and wait 2-3 weeks.
Drying flowers in the microwave takes only minutes. Once you’ve picked your flowers for drying, place them in a medium-sized microwavable bowl and cover with four cups of cat litter. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Remove the flowers when the cat litter has cooled and brush off excess.