How to Preserve Flower Arrangements

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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

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