How to Dry Flowers
There are many, many reasons for drying flowers. One common reason, is to
preserve a flower you received from a special someone, or as a memento from
a special event. Another big reason, is to place them in dried flower
arrangements. The great news, is many flowers are good candidates, many of
which will retain their colors.
Drying flowers is pretty easy to do. So, let's get started.
How to Dry Flowers:
One method, popular with roses, is to place a single rose in a book. Close
the book, and put it away. When you open the book several weeks later, the
rose has dried out and is now preserved as a keepsake for an indefinite period
of time...years and even decades. The big downside to this method, is the
flower is flattened.
Flower Drying Tip: If there is any moisture on the flower, use a paper
towel to dab away excess moisture.
The most popular way for drying flowers, is almost as simple. It's used for
drying a wide variety of flowers, and maintains the flower shape, and usually
retains most, if not all of its color. Here's how:
Take the flower or a small, loose bunch of flowers and hang them upside down.
If you bundle them, do not tie them too tightly. Do not make a thick bundle.
Hang them in a cool dry place.
Make certain there is good air circulation. Air circulation is vital, to
avoid mold developing on the flower, which will ruin them.
Keep them out of direct sunlight, as sun fades the colors.
After they have completely dried, you can put them into a vase, to make
attractive and colorful Fall arrangements, that will last for a very long