If you want to preserve a wedding bouquet for years to come, framing it after air-drying the flowers makes a beautiful decoration for any room. Before beginning, tie the flowers together with twine in bunches of three to four stems, as this will help them dry quickly and evenly. Hang them upside down until all the moisture dries, leaving you with preserved flowers. These blooms will retain most of their original color and shape, allowing you to keep the bouquet in lovely condition.
Things You'll Need
- Acid-free paper
- Floral wire
- Acid-free glue
- Deep box frame
Cut the acid-free paper down to the same size as your frame's backing. You can use the backing as a guide. Cutting the paper too large will result in buckling, while cutting it too small will leave it loose in the frame. Additionally, it is important that you select acid-free paper, as some papers contain acids that will discolor or promote the deterioration of the flowers.
Arrange the bouquet of flowers on top of the paper, and wire the stems together. Remember that floral wire comes in two colors, so pick the shade that most closely matches the color of the dried stems. Bend the loose ends around to the back of the bouquet. You may want to tie a ribbon around the wire to cover it.
Apply acid-free glue to the back of the bouquet. Use a toothpick to apply the glue exactly. Place the bouquet back onto the paper and press it in place with the glue side down. Wait for it to dry before continuing.
Pull out the back of the frame and place it in front of you. Align the paper onto the backing, and slide the backing and bouquet back into the frame.
Tips & Warnings
- When selecting a frame, make sure that the frame is deep enough to accommodate the bouquet. Although some of the flowers' size is lost during drying, the petals are more delicate after the drying process. Therefore, the frame should not press to hard on the flowers, otherwise it will damage them.
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