If you’ve ever been disappointed to see a beautiful bouquet go or wanted to make any of the fabulous home decorations that use dried flowers, then you should learn all the fast and easy ways to dry flowers. Even though the sun’s usually shining and something’s always in bloom in Miami, our florists at Trias Flowers still love to decorate our homes with wreathes and botanical frames full of dried, preserved flowers. Keep reading to find out how you can enjoy your most beautiful bouquets for years to come, too!
Fast and Easy Techniques for Drying Flowers
There are plenty of simple ways to dry flowers, but before you get started, it’s important to understand that drying flowers is all about removing moisture. It’s important that your flowers dry completely before you display them. Otherwise, any leftover moisture could cause the flowers to rot.
Dried Pink Roses
Yep, you can actually dry your flowers in the microwave. In fact, with your flowers completely dry in just two or three minutes, this is by far the fastest method for drying flowers. To dry flowers in the microwave, you will need some special supplies including a microwave-safe container and silica sand.
First, trim the leaves and excess stem length from your flowers. Then arrange them in the container and cover them completely with silica sand. Put them in the microwave next to a cup of water. Microwave them in 30-second intervals, checking them in between until totally dry.
Bouquet of Dried Roses
If you want to leave the stems intact, you can also dry your flowers in the oven. Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Arrange your flowers on the cookie sheet so that they do not touch. If flowers are touching, they will stick together and dry unevenly. Leave the oven door cracked open to allow moisture to evaporate, while your flowers dry for eight to twelve hours.
The traditional way to dry flowers is to hang them upside down and air dry them. This method yields the best results, creating beautiful, vibrant, life-like flowers, it’s also the slowest. Air drying flowers can take several days or longer when the weather is particularly humid or rainy. For best results, remove leaves before tying the stems together. Hang them from a beam, clothing hanger, or hook in a location where they won’t receive any direct sunlight.
Dried Flowers Hanging Upside Down
How to Preserve Your Dried Flowers
Once your flowers are dry, there are a couple of things you can do to help preserve them. First, we recommend applying two or three coats of hairspray to your dried flowers. This will fortify their delicate structures and also protect them from the elements. Speaking of the elements, keep them away from sources of excess humidity in your home, such as a bathroom shower. You can also prevent them from fading by displaying them in a location where they won’t receive any direct sunlight. If your flowers become dusty after a while, you can remove the dust by blowing them with a hairdryer set on its cool and low settings.
Bouquet of Dried Flowers in Glass Vase
For more information about drying flowers and recommendations on the best bouquets to dry, we welcome you to stop by Trias Flowers.