Drying flowers from a special occasion for a keepsake has been a long standing tradition, sometimes we even use them in a display. Having two girls in high school myself, we have many dried corsages, bouquets and single flowers from school dances and other activities. This is an easy project for anyone to do.
The simplest method would be air drying your flowers.
The flower or flowers should be removed from sunlight for the process, start the process as soon as possible after they have served their purpose.
If you wish, remove extra foliage including leaves. Cut the stems to desired length, around six inches.
*Secure the flowers at the stem using a rubber band, string, dental floss. or even ribbon. For this bunch we trimmed back the cellophane and used the ribbon already around the flowers.
*Flowers are to be hung upside down. Make sure they are hung in an area out of sunlight in a dry, well ventilated area. Here we used a dress hanger to help secure the flowers.
*Dry time varies, can be 2-3 weeks.
*Once dried you may choose to spray the flowers with hairspray or clear floral spray to help preserve them. Place in an arrangement and enjoy.
Here is a wrist corsage that we dried previously and is now ready to be sealed away of safe keeping.
*Storing them in an airtight container helps protect them from being crushed or further decomposition.
Microwave drying is another option. I have yet to try this method, but here is a link if you wish to investigate and try for yourself. microwave drying.
I would be remiss if I did not share with you a couple of photos of some plants I found naturally dried while on a hike. I hope you have fun with the project and enjoy these photos.
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