How to Preserve Flower Arrangements

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Preserve your floral arrangement.
Preserve your floral arrangement. (Image: John Slater/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Preserving floral arrangements that hold special meaning keeps memories alive and creates an inexpensive, customized decoration. By using the hang-drying technique, flowers can be easily preserved to create a long-lasting arrangement. This method works best for long-stemmed flowers, especially roses and hydrangeas, but all flowers will work well. Hang-drying creates a romantic, natural and time-worn floral arrangement that you can enjoy for many years.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber bands
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Tall vase

Photograph your floral arrangement from all angles for future rearrangement If preserving a special or meaningful display.

Remove and discard all leaves. Separate the arrangement into smaller groups to avoid crushing.

Tie bunches together by their stems using rubber bands. Tie with twine for hanging.

Hang upside down in a well-ventilated location. Avoid areas with direct sunlight and excessively damp areas to prevent discoloration and spoiling. Attics and closets are ideal.

Hang for one to two weeks until completely dry. Unbind all flowers and arrange in a tall vase.

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