How to Make Dried Flowers From Fresh Flowers

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Flowers often hold special memories when received from a loved one or during a certain event in your life, such as a wedding or the birth of a child. Many people choose to dry flowers that invoke such memories in order to display the beauty for years to come. Drying flowers is relatively easy and it is nice to see your bouquet on display rather than waiting for it to wilt and throw it out. If you decide to dry your flowers, however, do not wait too long. It is best to dry flowers when they are at the peak of their freshness and not yet completely bloomed.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh flowers
  • Rubber band
  • Clothes hanger
  • Unflavored dental floss
  • Hairspray
  • Blotting paper
  • Flower press

Air-Dry Flowers

  • Trim excess leaves and foliage from the flowers and trim the stems to any desired length, preferably keeping them longer than 6 inches.

  • Gather a few flowers and use a rubber band to hold the stems together, about 2 or 3 inches from the bottom. Make sure the flowers have plenty of space and are not too close together. This provides better air circulation for the drying process.

  • Cut a length of unflavored dental floss measuring about 2 feet long. Tie one end of unflavored dental floss to the rubber band around the flower stems and the other end to the top of the coat hanger, so the flowers are hanging upside down.

  • Hang the coat hanger in a cool, dry and dim location, such as a closet. Make sure nothing touches the flowers.

  • Allow the flowers to dry for one to three weeks or until crisp to the touch.

Flower Press Method

  • Cut excess foliage from the flowers and trim the stems to fit into the press.

  • Put a piece of blotting paper on the press. Gather about three flowers and lay them neatly on the piece of blotting paper.

  • Arrange the petals how you would like them to appear once dried and flattened.

  • Place another piece of blotting paper on top of the flowers and close the press.

  • Allow the flowers to dry in the press for one to three weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you prefer your flowers to maintain their original shape, use the air-drying method. If you would rather dry them for use as a bookmark or to place in a frame, use the pressing method.
  • If your dried flowers are drooping, place florist wire in the stems to give them more stability.

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