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
- 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.
- Photo Credit John Slater/Digital Vision/Getty Images
How to Preserve a Wedding Bouquet
Your wedding bouquet is a precious memento of your special day. So keep it looking beautiful with one of several preservation methods....
How to Preserve Fresh Cut Flowers
Most people agree that flowers look beautiful and are a great reminder of nature to enjoy indoors. However, flowers once cut from...
How to Preserve Flowers With Glycerine
Using a solution of glycerin and water to maintain nature's beauty is an effective method of preservation that leaves flowers and leaves...
How to Preserve Eucalyptus Leaves for Dried Floral Arrangements
If you’re fortunate enough to live where eucalyptus can be grown, you may have thought about preserving some branches to use in...
How to Dry Flower Arrangements
An arrangement of flowers provides beauty and fragrance to any environment. Unfortunately, the lives of cut flowers are fleeting, and once an...
How to Preserve Cut Flowers Naturally
Florists, gardeners and anyone who uses flower arrangements in their home or business benefits from extending the vase life of floral arrangements....
How to Preserve a Rose Flower
Preserved roses make beautiful and long-lasting flower arrangements. Preserving roses with glycerin helps them maintain more of their color, shape and texture...
How to Preserve Cattails for Flower Arrangements
Cattails grow near ponds, creeks and other wetland areas. They produce tall flower spikes in late summer that later turn brown, giving...