There is nothing more uplifting than looking at some gorgeous flowers. Getting a beautiful bouquet of roses or walking through a field of wildflowers in the summer are some things that sure make me swoon. I personally love poppies and hydrangea... But I also love tulips, forget-me-nots... Oh and so many more to list!
There is something so amazing about the colors created by nature, isn't there? The brilliant blues of clematis, the bright yellow center of a delicate daisy. Did you know you can dry these flowers to preserve their color, shape, and beauty to use in decorating and for your art projects?
Dried flowers are so gorgeous and can be used for so many things. There are many artists out there who are drying flowers for jewelry and encasing them in resin! Ever wonder how to dry flowers for resin? Or how to perfectly dry flowers for a flower arrangement or for adding flowers to homemade soap or homemade bath bombs? Let's explore the proper ways to dry flowers depending on the look you are going for.
There are many ways to dry flowers, but here is the best, basic way to dry flowers:
The above method for drying flowers works really well for flowers that are not super delicate. I would hang dry your roses, carnations, gerber daisies, lavender, and any robust flowers. Hang drying flowers takes a long time, but gives you beautiful flowers for arrangements, wreaths and other artistic uses where you would want to dry the stems and all while maintaining their shape.
Here are some other methods for drying your flowers.
Microwave-dried flower method will make fast, colorful, flat dried flowers and petals
Microwave-dried flowers are good for artwork, jewelry, resin art, bookmarks, soap making, bath bomb making, cards and for framing in glass
Did you know you can use your microwave to dry flowers? This is the fastest way you can dry flowers. Keep in mind what you want to use them for: this method will produce dry, colorful, flat flowers and petals. Here is how to dry flowers in a microwave:
Oven-dried flower method will make fast, colorful, shape-retaining dry flowers
Oven-dried flowers are good for potpourri, cake-decorating (if they are edible), adding to gift-wrapping, table decor and centerpieces
Another way to dry flowers quickly is by drying them in the oven. This is a great method if you want to quickly dry flowers and keep their shape and color! Here is how to dry flowers in the oven:
Using the food dehydrator method to dry flowers will give you results in 24 hours. This method is convenient as you can put your flowers in and walk away, rotating them a few times in the 24 hours. They will maintain their shape and color relatively well.
Dehydrated, dried flowers are good for potpourri, are excellent for resin if you want the whole flower (as opposed to pressed), and is my favorite method of preserving flowers for tea, such as chamomile, rosehips and dried tea herbs such as mint and raspberry leaf.
Flowers can easily be dried in a food dehydrator. Here is how:
The pressed flower drying method is a great way to preserve special flowers that you want to keep forever. This flower drying method will take a long time and will produce flat, preserved flowers.
Pressed flowers are good for keepsake and memory flowers (I still have the flowers that my dad gave me when I was a little girl which I pressed in a huge dictionary!)
Here is how to press and dry flowers to keep forever:
Flowers can be dried using a substance called silica gel. Silica gel is a water absorbing agent. You may be familiar with the silica gel packets often found in new shoes, also to absorb any moisture! It is great for perfectly preserving flowers.
Silica gel-preserved flowers will take several days to preserve but you will get preserved flowers with great color and shape retention.
Silica gel-preserved flowers are good for wreaths, dried flower arrangements (can add fake stems after they have dried), decor, basket arrangements, art projects or any other project where you want the flower to look as fresh as possible.
Here is how to preserve and dry flowers using silica gel:
I hope you found the perfect method for drying flowers for you! There sure are many ways to dry flowers out there, I hope you found the best way to dry flowers for you! And if you enjoyed this post, be sure to PIN IT NOW so you can come back to it LATER. We would really appreciate that!
Have a colorful day!