How to Dry Flowers for Winter Enjoyment

One way to continue to enjoy the blooms of summer is to dry your flowers to have through the winter months.

Steps

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    To begin you have to cut the flowers, morning is usually the best time, after all the dew has dried. You will want to pick perfect specimens as they will stand up to the drying process the best. Use a sharp pair of scissors and cut a long stem.
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    Air drying is one of the easiest ways to dry flowers and many flowers can be dried this way roses, baby’s breath and hydrangeas to name a few. Once you have cut the flowers you want to dry bundle them together with a rubber band. Hang them upside down in a place away from sunlight with a good circulation of dry air. They should be dry in three weeks. Herbs can be dried this way as well.
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    Another way to dry flowers is by the use of silica sand. It works very well however it is a little more time consuming and requires a little more work. Silica sand is very fine sand and you can find it in craft stores. A much less expensive choice is builder’s sand that you can buy at hardware stores, however it usually comes in large quantities and to dry a few flowers may not be the best choice.
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    Start by spreading a layer of sand in deep tray. Add your flowers, strong flowers can just be laid flat on the sand, flat blooms like sunflowers should have their stems cut short and laid face up.
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    The next step is to slowly spoon the sand over the flowers making sure you get the sand into every petal and part of the flowers. Continue to do this until the flowers are completely covered. It generally takes about four weeks for the flowers to dry.
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    Once the flowers are dry gently brush the sand off. It works best to use a small artists brush for this process.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Enjoy your dried flowers and herbs in many ways such as bouquets, holiday decorations, such as wreaths and centerpieces.

Article Info

Categories: Flower Arranging and Floral Art