Are you unsure on what to do with that bouquet of flowers you received for Valentine’s?
Well thankfully, making a keepsake of your memories is easier than you thought.
Here are 6 effective and easy ways to dry and preserve your favourite bouquet of flowers.[ If you would like to find out how to make fresh flowers last longer, click here ]
1. Hang Drying
Hang drying a bouquet upside down is the easiest and most effective way to dry most flowers.
Simply tie your bunch with a twine or string and hang them upside down.
Ensure to keep the bouquet away from direct sunlight. Remove any leaves as they retain moisture and will slow down the drying process.
Once your bouquet is completely dried, you may opt to spray some hairspray over your flower to preserve the flower’s shape, making them less susceptible to breaking.
2. Silica Gel
Silica Gel (that curious little package you find in your shoebox) is an alternative method that dries flowers quickly.
Simply place your flowers in an air-tight container of silica gel and leave it to dry.
Do ensure the container is tightly sealed as the silica gel may absorb the moisture from the air, slowing down the drying process.
Typically, roses takes about 3 weeks to completely dry.
3. Press Drying
This method is especially effective on flat flowers such as daisies.
Simply take an encyclopaedia or any other heavy books and line a page with paper or parchment paper.
Arrange the flower on the paper such that they do not overlap.
Close the book and leave it untouched for 1 to 2 weeks.
Once the flower is dried, your dried flower can be used as a bookmark or even framed up as a picture.
4. Water Vase Drying
Water drying is a traditional method of drying.
Flowers dried through this method maintain their original appearance.
This method works especially well on robust flowers.
Simply fill your vase with a small amount of water and place your bloom into the vase.
Leave the vase in a cool and dry place. Over time, the water will evaporate and the flower will dry out more naturally.
Once the petals are crisp, the drying process is complete.
Here is another method of drying flowers if you do not want to wait weeks for the drying process.
Simply take a microwave safe container and fill it up with an inch of drying agent such as silica gel, cat litter or borax.
Place the flower inside the drying agent and microwave it on high for 3 to 4 minutes.
Once you are satisfied with the dryness, take the container out and let it cool for an hour before removing the dried flower.
Set the oven at 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), place your flower onto a tray and place it in the oven for 3 – 5 hours.
The total drying time will vary between flowers. Once the flower has completely dried, let it cool for an hour.
Those are the 6 simple steps to dry your flowers.
Now I would like to hear from you.
Are there any other effective methods that you have tried to dry your favourite bouquet of flower?
Let me know under the comment section below.
Damien is the founder of Flowers and Kisses Singapore. When he is not busy preparing bouquets for his customers, you will find him stuffing his face with fried chicken.