Artichokes can be dried to serve as decorations. The sturdy vegetables with a warm green hue can be stood in groups for a centerpiece, arranged around hurricane lamps with candles or hollowed out and fit with a candle to burn inside. It is important to properly dry the artichokes to prevent damage and degradation of the vegetables' bodies. The end result will be somewhat brittle to the touch, so use caution when handling the dried artichokes.
Things You'll Need
- Medium-sized box
- Floral netting
- Sharp knife
Find a medium-sized box that's large enough for the stems of the artichokes to be fully enclosed when the vegetable is held near the top edge. Stretch a length of floral netting over the top over the box. Pull tight and tape into place.
Stick the stems of the artichokes through the openings in the floral netting. Space them out so they aren't squashing each other.
Allow to dry in a cool, dry place. Check on the artichokes every two to three days to see how the drying process is progressing. Note that, depending on the size of the artichokes, it may take one to two weeks for them to fully dry.
Use a sharp knife to perform any trimmings necessary on the dried artichokes. Level off the bottoms or cut off damaged sections to prepare the artichokes for decorating.