Four Easy Ways To Preserve Your Flowers
Let's talk drying flowers!
As a florist, I’ve been collecting and drying flowers for years now— here are my top tips for ways to preserve flowers!
1. Hanging Method
This method is perfect if you want to keep the whole bouquet to place in a vase around your home! The best way to do this is to hang your bouquet upside down in a well ventilated and dry area. When your bouquet is completely dry (could take a few of weeks) you can move it into a vase-or other container. Be careful though! The flowers will be very fragile and can easily break if knocked over!
**Tip for getting the best shape out of your flowers— take your bouquet apart before hanging it! I like to hang the large blooms (i.e. roses, dahlias, hydrangeas...ect.) separately and group the remainder of the bouquet in smaller groups to help the drying process so they aren’t over crowded. This also helps keeps flowers from molding!
2. Preserve your flowers in keepsake jewelry
Of course this is one of my favorites. I specifically created my jewelry line as a way to preserve flowers into keepsakes so you can carry your blooms with you always. This is a perfect way to keep the memories of your flowers alive-- whether they are from a wedding, funeral, or flowers picked for you by your favorite little humans! All you need is to send in a few petals and we can turn them into a perfect necklace or pair of earrings. Check out our jewelry at www.naturespoetryfloraldesign.com
Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell. ~ Louisa May Alcott
3. Preserve your bouquet in a shadow box
This is a great option for keeping your bouquet from collecting dust. A good way to properly preserve your bouquet is by laying it out to dry. The best way to do this is by using chicken wire. Take two boxes and put them about a foot apart on the ground (in a well ventilated and dry part of your home). Lay chicken wire over the two boxes and secure it with something heavy. Lay your bouquet on top of the chicken wire and ( keep the bouquet facing upward. ) The bouquet should not be sitting on either of the boxes. This technique allows for good air circulation so the flowers don’t mold as they dry. This also allows for your bouquet to keep the original shape, as opposed to hanging them upside down. If your bouquet is large, I would advise you take the bouquet apart before doing this. That will allow your flowers to dry individually without molding.
Another way to dry your flowers for the shadow box is with the use of Silica gel beads or sand. You can find both of these products easily online or in your local craft store. Have you ever gotten your phone wet and immediately stuck it in rice to extract the water? This is essentially the same technique! This is a perfect way to preserve the color and shape of your flowers.
Once you have your silica gel beads or sand you will need a plastic container that can easily fit your bouquet comfortably. Fill the bottom of the container with your silica gel or sand so that the bottom is completely covered. Place your bouquet in the container and completely cover it in the silica or sand. Every week, you can check your flowers. If you want your bouquet to dry faster, it is best to take the bouquet apart and place the individual flowers in the mixture.
4. Press your flowers
This is a fun and easy way to preserve your flowers. If you grew up smashing flowers between books like me, then you’re practically a pro at this already! All you need is a big book (non glossy pages work best). Remove the stems from the flowers and lay them flat between the pages. If you decide to keep the stems, its best you only press thin stemmed flowers. Stems hold a lot of water, making the drying process difficult and sometimes moldy.
There is so much you can do with your pressed flowers! My favorite way is to grab an old vintage frame from a thrift shop and fill it with all pressed treasures to enjoy the look forever!
I hope you loved all these tips! Tag us on instagram with your dried blooms-- we'd love to see what you create!
HAPPY FLOWERING FRIENDS!