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Have you ever gotten flowers from someone and wanted to keep them forever? Unfortunately, flowers are generally short-lived... unless you dry them! By drying flowers, you can keep them around for years to come if you treat them right. Keep reading to find out how I dry my flowers!
My boyfriend recently sent me a bouquet of roses and I liked them so much that I decided to dry them so that I could keep them beyond their `expiration date.` Drying flowers is actually quite simple, but it requires a bit of time.
What You`ll Need:
-A place to hang the flowers
1. Take Flowers From Vase
When you notice your flowers are in the beginning stages of kicking the bucket, it`s time to remove them from their vase. If you let the flowers die, they won`t look too lively when they`re dried. Enjoy them as long as possible while alive, but at the first signs of decay, take them out of the vase and dry the stems.
2. Tie String To The Flowers
In order to dry flowers, you have to hang them upside down. There are, obviously, a few ways you can do this, but one of the simplest is just to tie a string to them. With your scissors, cut a piece of string (I used twine) that`s about a foot long (you can always make it shorter later). Tie the string around the end of the of the flower and secure with a knot. Preferably, the string should be tied under a notch in the stem. This will keep the string from sliding off when the flower is hanging. (Note my second picture)
3. Tie Flowers Upside Down To Hang
This requires you to find a location to now hang your flowers from. I use the backs of my dining room chairs since there`s a place to tie the string around and room for the flowers to hang. The key here is to do it in a location where the flowers will go untouched. (See my third picture)
4. Wait For The Flowers to Dry
This step is the most tedious - it requires quite a bit of waiting. The length of wait time will depend on the type of flower you are drying. Roses require quite a bit of time because they have a dense head. Flowers like tiger lilies or carnations won`t need as much time because they are, generally, `thinner` flowers. The drying process can take anywhere from days to over a week depending on your flowers and the humidity of the location. You`ll know they are completely dry when they are very, very delicate to the touch. (See my fourth and fifth picture to note how my flowers hang as they dry)
5. Display Your Newly Dried Flowers!
After a few days and your flowers are nice and dried, you can display them! They will be very, very delicate, so it`s super important to handle them lightly. The slightest bump of nudge can send the petals falling. I like to either hang my dried flowers on the wall (especially if they`re pressed) or put them together in a vase, just like when they were alive. In drying the flowers, you`ve preserved them, but they will look slightly darker in color and, depending on the type of flower, may have a slight fragrance left over, too. Arrange them to your liking and enjoy!
Do you repurpose your flowers at all? :)
*Images are my own!*