Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 3

Dry Flowers1 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3Here is the third and last blog for the series of methods for drying flowers. Now you all have an open choice as to which method you find easiest and most suitable to dry out your flowers. It is always great to dry flowers and secure them for long as mostly we have great memories attached to those flowers. But keep one thing in mind, if you want to dry flowers don’t wait for your fresh flower to wilt or droop you need to start the drying process with the fresh flowers. Before you start drying keep one thing in your mind that you’ll need to remove any withered or damaged petals off the flower.

Drying Flowers Using Microwave:

Drying Flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3If you like dry flowers but you just don’t have the patience enough to wait for till that long than you have a way out and that is drying your flowers through microwave. Drying flowers through microwave is a fast and effective way. It is a little difficult to dry flowers through microwave because than you need to be a little careful as the results may be not as desirable as they can be through air drying. All that works in microwave drying is the try and experience. The more experience you have the more will be your expertise to choose the right time for drying your flowers. When you dry your flowers in microwave you need to be more careful in selecting the flowers. They should be at their prime else they may turn out to be ugly brown in color. Drying in microwave is done with the drying agents. Place a layer of half inch in the box and then place the Dry Flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 3flower in it covering it than again with the drying agent. Place the flower in the microwave and do keep a small bowl of water beside the flower in microwave. After every minute or a half you will need to rotate the flower. Almost all the flowers get dried perfectly within 3 minutes but sometimes a rose may take about three and a half minutes. Keep checking your flowers for if they have dried every time you rotate them. When you think your flower is done and cooked well take it out of the microwave but do not remove it immediately from the drying agent. Let it rest and settle for few hours. Again experimenting will make you get to know better that how long any of the flowers is needed to be left in the drying agent. This time can be any where from 8 hours to about 24 hours.

Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 2

dry flowers1 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 2Drying flowers is fun and something that makes us keep feeling the pleasure of the love and care that we receive through flowers for long. First blog of this series have already reached you and here is the other method for you through which you can dry out your flowers.

Drying Flowers Using Drying Agents:

In first blog we got to know how to dry flowers in air. Now the method that you can use to dry flowers is through drying agents. Yes there are numerous materials that are used as drying agents for flowers. Mostly the flat type of flowers like pansies or daisies is best when it comes to drying through these methods. Drying agents that are used for drying flowers are silica gel, sand,dried flowers2 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 2fresh kitty litter and white cornmeal and borax mixture. Among all the drying agents silica gel is believed to be the most effective one. Drying flowers through drying agent would need you to have a dish or tray that is deep enough. In the dish lay an inch high layer of your drying agent. If you have flat flowers like daisies or pansies you can place them facing down in the drying agent and later pouring the drying agent over the flowers. If you have the flowers that have multiple layers of petals than you should place them facing upright in the dish or box whatever you are using. This way you can pour in the drying agent on to the flower making sure that it is completely covered with the agent. For drying flowers using drying agents you need to keep intact the stem of flower at least a half inch long. After you have completely covered your flowers with dryingdrying flower 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 2 agent keep them in the safe area or to accelerate the drying process and making it get done in short time you can use the microwave too. Check a flower for the dryness and if you find them even a little soft cover the flowers back and let them dry until they turn out to be dry completely and feels like paper. When your flowers have dried and you want to store them, wrap them carefully in a sheet of paper or newspaper and put them in a box. You can keep the box in your garage or store room. While you store flowers be careful of rodents or insects. You can use mothballs as a precautionary measure to remain saved from the problem.

Still there is another method left for you before you go for drying flowers, so you can choose the one of your choice that you find the easiest. Keep coming and checking around for the third and last part of this series.

Tips for Drying Flowers – Method 1

drying flowers 150x150 Tips for Drying Flowers   Method 1People do like to keep the flowers for long with them. Sometimes these flowers are bought by us ourselves and sometimes they remind us of great happy moments as gifted by the very special people in our life over different occasions. Drying flowers and than using them in arrangements and other things help us in saving the flowers for years and helping us in remembering all those golden moments. There are majorly three different ways used to dry flowers. Here is how you can save your flowers too for years.

Air Drying:

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Air drying is the most commonly adopted method by people to dry out flowers. This one is really simple too. Just cut the flowers right after the dew is gone and remove all the foliage off the stems. After you have removed the foliage either hang each flower upside down with the bottom of stem tied to a nail or any thing else with the string. You can either hang each flower separately or form a bunch and hang it after tying it. Keep one thing in mind that hang the flowers always upside down so the petals and flowers head remain straight and doesn’t appear like the drooping ones when kept in vases. If you want to dry only the flower heads than place them on a sheet of paper or news paper. It is very important to provide flowers with appropriate environment for drying. Dry your flowers always in cool dark place because keeping them in sunlight would cause the flowers to fade out. Humidity, temperature, air flow are all the factors over which the time needed for drying the flowers depends over. It may take from 24 hours up to a week for drying flowers depending on their type too. Whatever you do or however you dry your flowers out they should feel like paper when dried and no more soft. After you have dried your flowers keep them out of reach of dried and forced airflow. This may cause the dried flowers to brittle and shatter. To remove the dust off your dried flowers you can use the soft brush or the hair dryer at the lowest possible setting.

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If you want to store your dried flowers than wrap them in the newspaper and place them in the cardboard box. When you store keep one thing in mind that they should remain out of dry or damp air reach. The temperature of storage place will not matter but the air is an extremely important factor.

This is the first method how you can dry up your flowers. Keep checking for the other methods to be shared shortly….. Till than have fun drying your flowers.

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Press Drying Flowers Saving Their Color

flowers dried 150x150 Press Drying Flowers Saving Their ColorPressing the flowers allows us to preserve our favorite garden flowers or the flowers that we get in floral arrangements. Pressing flowers is actually liked more because it helps in retaining the color of flowers and they do not fade out because of the fast drying method adopted in press drying. Pansies and daisies are the flat flowers and works best when this method of drying is being used. Through pressing the excessive moisture is drawn out quickly from the flowers and this does not let the flowers take too long time in drying that cause the flowers to fade out.

  • Take a sheet of card board and lay it down. Now cover the cardboard by laying news paper of non glossy paper sheet over it.dry flower 150x150 Press Drying Flowers Saving Their Color
  • Now arrange all your flowers over the sheets of news paper or paper whatever you have chosen. Remember to keep a distance of an inch or two between each flower and do not let any one flower overlap the other.
  • Once you are done with arranging your flowers cover them all with the newspapers or non glossy paper sheet and after covering with paper put the other piece of cardboard over the papers.
  • Now take a plywood sheet or wood board and put it over your stack of flowers, papers and cardboard. Now for pressing process the additional weight is needed to be applied for this use the bricks and lay some overDrying Flowers 150x150 Press Drying Flowers Saving Their Color the wood board or plywood sheet.
  • You will need to replace the sheets of paper or newspaper whatever you used every one or two days. But be very careful while all this process so you do not damage your flowers and very carefully replace back the cardboard, wood board and bricks the same way as done in first time.
  • Now check your flowers if they are almost completely dried take them out. Use a clean sheet of paper and spread it in a dry room now lay all your flowers over it and let them dry completely for one to three more days. Be careful, the room that you use for drying should be out of direct sunlight else your flowers will fade out.

Do not let the flowers be in sunlight even when you are putting them for pressing procedure and use the fully blossomed flowers for this drying purpose and later you may use them for paper making or in any other crafting projects.

Drying Real Flowers

dried real flowers 150x150 Drying Real FlowersAs fresh flowers bring beauty, aesthetic, colors, life and fragrance to your home they carry a disadvantage with them and that is they can not last for long. The pleasure brought by flowers and obtained by people is really very short period if you keep real flowers as cut flowers. Well it is impossible to hold the splendid fragrance of the flowers but you can surely preserve he beauty of these flowers by drying them and saving them with you for years to increase the beauty of your home and décor.

•    Collect or cut your fresh flowers making sure that the stems are no shorter than six to eight inches in length.dry flowers 150x150 Drying Real Flowers

•    Inspect each bloom that you have collected keenly for any bugs. Now remove any dead petals and move away any loose leaves among your blooms.

•    Now make a bunch of flowers that you collected for drying and tie a string that is about six inches long around the bottom of the stems. Tie them tightly and in a way that they are all held together.

•    Now hang flowers upside-down using the string. Always hang flowers for dry real flowers 150x150 Drying Real Flowersdrying in a cool dry place and out of direct sun light.

•    Do not remove flowers down or untie the string any before than two to three weeks. It normally takes 2 to 3 weeks for flowers to air dry, so wait till this much time at least and even after that check your flowers properly for being fully dried before you take them out.

Dry out all the flowers that are given to you by someone and this way you can save your memories of a special day for a very long period of time.

Drying Peony Flowers

drying peony flowers1 150x150 Drying Peony FlowersPeonies are the beautiful flowers that are 6 to 8 inches wide and are found in red, pink or white colors. Peony are beautiful flowers to grow in gardens and equally beautiful to place indoors. You can dry these beautiful flowers up to save them for longer period of time. There is one common method to dry flowers and that is air drying while here I’ll provide you with the same to dry your peony flowers so you may secure the beautiful flowers that you got from a loved one in gift too.

1.    Cut your peony flowers only in mid morning before the late morning sun make the flowers open up fully. The blooms best for drying are the ones that are not fully opened. Peony flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowers

2.    Cut the stems about six inch long and remove all the leaves off the stalk. Take 4 to 6 flowers in bunch and tie them with a rubber band at the bottom of the stems.

3.    Now hang your flowers upside down in a cool dark room. This can be a place like basement or a closet. The process of drying will take one to two weeks. You will need to loop a piece of twine in rubber band and hang it on a nail or hanger.

4.    Check your flowers after a week about drying. The drying period depends Dry peony Flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowerson weather too as in winters because atmosphere is drier so flowers dry quickly while in summers as it’s more humid so it takes time in the drying process.

5.    Now carefully remove the flowers off the hanger or nail and carefully cut the rubber band.

6.    Now your dry flowers are ready to add beauty to your home for long period of time. Either put them in a vase or tie them up to form a bunch to keep over a shelf.

Methods to Dry Roses

dried rosepetals 150x150 Methods to Dry RosesFlowers are such a beauty that everyone always want flowers to remain around them. Having flowers around in daily routine provide humans with more energies and spirits to carry on with a much active and happier day. It should not be just the way that we should keep flowers in our houses only when we get them as gift from someone in fact one should buy flower for him or herself too. Many people do not buy flowers just because they do not want to spend some amount of their money on something that is too perishable and won’t last more than a week. But, there is a way out for all such people. Just buy the fresh flowers yourself and than dry them out to create beautiful dry flower arrangements and hence feel your money invested in something that would provide your home with beauty for long period of time. Here are some different methods for you to dry and preserve your roses.

•    Air Drying:air Dry Roses 150x150 Methods to Dry Roses

This drying process takes 2 to 3 weeks. You can hang your flowers upside down in a warm, dark and airy room and keep one thing in your mind that always choose fully bloomed roses for drying not the ones that are more like a bud. Spray light mist of surface sealer spray or hairspray on each of the rose when hang to dry.

•    Petals Air Drying Method:

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If it is about drying just the petals, you should take wire mesh screen placing it over try and then spreading petals over it. Be sure that the petals remain well ventilated and keep turning them every couple of days so they dry out equally on both sides. These would dry earlier than the blooms.

•    Microwave Drying:Microwave Drying roses 150x150 Methods to Dry Roses

When you want to dry shorter stem roses or shorter cutting the best method of drying is through microwave. Set your flowers separately over a microwave save try and place it in microwave turning the heat to lowest and checking flowers every minute to avoid over drying.

•    Silica Gel Drying:Silica Gel Drying roses 150x150 Methods to Dry Roses

Silica gel can be obtained from any supply or hardware store and than applied to flowers. Silica gel absorbs all the moisture from the flowers and hence makes them dry.

•    Freeze-Dried Roses:
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This is the method that helps in retaining the color and fresh look of rose petals. After this procedure they will not wilt and won’t even stain anything. These petals are best to be used in preserved floral arrangements.

Quick Drying Techniques for Rose Petals

rose petals 300x200 Quick Drying Techniques for Rose Petalstechniques for Rose Petals 300x192 Quick Drying Techniques for Rose PetalsVase Rose Petals 300x283 Quick Drying Techniques for Rose PetalsRoses are the much loved flowers and the best fragrant ones to be believed too. Like preserving flowers by drying them out is great so do it is to dry the rose petals to use in scrap books to cherish the beautiful memories of your life or for making homemade potpourri for decoration in your home. There is a quick way of drying rose petals that is through microwave and yet retaining the vibrant colors of petals as you picked them and there you can form a colorful potpourri for yourself by using rose petals of different colors.

1.    Use the flowers that have begun to open so it becomes easier for you to remove the petals separately and picking them without tearing them.
2.    Hold the stem firmly in your hand and remove one petal at a time so you are just not destroying any of the petals.
3.    Now pour in silica gel into the microwave save container till about an inch in height.
4.    Now place the petals over this layer of gel in a way that they should not be touching each other or kept one over another.
5.    Now cover your petals with silica gel, once they are covered pour more silica gel into the container again forming a layer one inch high and place more petals the same way over it as you did before. Keep repeating the process until your container is full.
6.    Now keep the container in microwave and set the time at one and a half minute for rose petals to dry.
7.    Now take the container out of the microwave and cover it with lid and set aside for 24 hours.
8.    Start removing the petals one by one from the container and brush them with soft brush to remove any particles of gel over it.
9.    Take acrylic paint and spray it over the petals to form a light coating over petals.

Now you are ready to use your petals as potpourri or for any other purpose or way of decoration, once the coating has dried over the petals.

Keeping Dried Flowers

dried flowers 257x300 Keeping Dried FlowersIf you want to add some natural touch to floral arrangements, wreaths or framed art you should use dried flowers. There is great variety of flowers available that you can dry up like the ones that you pick up from your garden or those that you buy from the florist. Fresh flowers have a very short life and it can not be extended more than a limited time like your flowers may remain fresh for a week or 10 days hardly and that too if you take all steps to keep them fresh for longer time using flower food and preservative. If you want to keep dried flowers safe for longer period of time, than you would need to secure them against moisture, light and air. You need to take following steps in order to stop these factors from shortening your dry flowers’ life.

1.    Always keep your dried flowers at a place where the sun light does not fall or that is not near to any air vent or drafts. Even if you have framed flowers you still need to keep them away from artificial light falling over the frame as well as sunlight. Because as the light will fall on frame the reflection will cause the flowers to fade out.
2.    Before you place your dried flowers in a floral arrangement or frame treat them with preservative. Spray it with aerosol lacquer or you can get dry flowers preservative from florist. You will need to follow the directions completely that are given over label and than use the lacquer or preservative. And do not arrange the flowers until and unless the spray has dried completely.
3.    Keep your arrangements out of reach of children and pets. Especially the cats love to play and chew the dry flowers.
4.    Always clean your dried flowers with soft brush like soft make up brush. And clean it with light hand too; you should not apply pressure on leaves and petals.
5.    If your dry flowers are not to be used right now, than store those in a plastic bag or in air tight jar. If stored than bag than keep the bag in some cool dry place until you use them.