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.

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.

Preserving Fresh Flowers & Keeping Their Color

preserve fresh flowers Preserving Fresh Flowers & Keeping Their ColorFlowers are wonder and they are loved by all equally. Anyone who gets the flowers over an occasion that they cherish or when they have lost a family member and they are blue on each and every such event nothing can sound better than flowers. No doubt flowers are best to express any kind of feelings. Flowers are loved so much by many people that they even get flowers themselves for bringing in the colors inside their homes too. These flowers can be picked from self grown flowering plants of your own garden or from florist.

What so ever is the mean of getting the flowers the only thing common besides all this is that every one want to keep their flowers saved and fresh for as long as possible. Fresh flowers can be kept fresh for no longer than 10 or 12 days no matter how much you take care of them. When you preserve flowers they loose their colors, you can however keep them save this way but Keeping color of fresh flower Preserving Fresh Flowers & Keeping Their Colordefinitely they would appear as dry flowers. Now here is a way for you to preserve the colors of your flowers using silica gel and microwave oven at home. You will just need to act quickly in order to save most of the color.

1.    Take a microwaveable container and cover its bottom with about an inch of silica gel
2.    Lay your flower in the container in a way that the petals remain facing upwards.
3.    Pour the left over silica gel on the rest of the flower and make sure that the gel gets in between every petal.
4.    Now put the container in microwave and microwave the flowers at 45 seconds intervals. Usually it takes 2 to 4 minutes to dry any flower.
5.    Now take out the container from the microwave and immediately cover it with the lid.
6.    Remove your flower in silica gel the same way for 24 hours. After that use soft bristle brush to brush off the silica gel off flowers.
7.    Now finely give mist of acrylic spray to your flowers. Wait for the spray to dry and your flowers are preserved ready to be displayed.

Method for Drying Fresh Flowers Bouquet

Drying Fresh Flowers Bouquet 300x223 Method for Drying Fresh Flowers BouquetFlowers are the source of expressing emotions for humans. People in the whole world just love to send flowers to each other over occasions or even sometimes just to make one realize that how important he or she is in their life. There are many people who are so fond of flowers that they keep floral arrangements and bouquets at their homes by buying themselves or by picking some flowers from their own gardens. Flowers are just the perfect way to deliver all the feelings when you want nothing to be left unsaid and when you want each and every word from deep cores of your heart to reach with the same affection.

Flowers either given as gift or bought by oneself always are wanted by the owner to remain and stay fresh for as long as possible but cut flowers can hardly long for a week and a half if cared a lot and provided with all required nutrients and saved from any bacterial development. There are other alternative ways too to keep flowers for much longer periods of time like for months and years and that is possible either through saving the flower with wax or by drying the flowers. Dry flower arrangements appear very nice and many times used in many crafting projects. For drying the flowers you need to follow the following steps.

First Step:
In the first step you need to take your flowers and put the blooms in the paper sack but remember that the stems should be sticking out of the opening of the sack. Keep the flowers in the bunch form and simply the same way insert them from bloom side into the paper sack.

Second Step:
Now bundle the sack around the bouquet in a way that the blooms are closed within the bag.

Third Step:
Now to make sack remain closed properly at its opening side tie it with the twine. Take a 12 inches long string and tie it at the place where the opening of the sack has been closed around the bundled stems.

Fourth Step:
Now as one end of twine is tied to the bouquet tie the other end the loose one with the 3 inches long nail. Remember to get longer nail and keep the sack at the side of its head.

Fifth Step:

Now you will have to hammer the nail either in the wooden beam in your porch or at any other place that you find right for hammering the nail in. Even the wooden clothesline will also work or hang sack on some decorative hook or even the door of kitchen cupboard handle can be used for hanging it. The nail should be hammered in the beam for about an inch.

Sixth Step:
Now be patient and let the fresh flower bouquet remain hanging upside down for around a time period of a week.

Seventh Step:
After a week you can open the sack and see that the flowers have dried and now you may create a beautiful floral arrangement of it in a flower vase or use in any other piece of craft to add beauty.

Flowers are the source of expressing emotions for humans. People in the whole world just love to send flowers to each other over occasions or even sometimes just to make one realize that how important he or she is in their life. There are many people who are so fond of flowers that they keep floral arrangements and bouquets at their homes by buying themselves or by picking some flowers from their own gardens. Flowers are just the perfect way to deliver all the feelings when you want nothing to be left unsaid and when you want each and every word from deep cores of your heart to reach with the same affection.

Flowers either given as gift or bought by oneself always are wanted by the owner to remain and stay fresh for as long as possible but cut flowers can hardly long for a week and a half if cared a lot and provided with all required nutrients and saved from any bacterial development. There are other alternative ways too to keep flowers for much longer periods of time like for months and years and that is possible either through saving the flower with wax or by drying the flowers. Dry flower arrangements appear very nice and many times used in many crafting projects. For drying the flowers you need to follow the following steps.

First Step:

In the first step you need to take your flowers and put the blooms in the paper sack but remember that the stems should be sticking out of the opening of the sack. Keep the flowers in the bunch form and simply the same way insert them from bloom side into the paper sack.

Second Step:

Now bundle the sack around the bouquet in a way that the blooms are closed within the bag.

Third Step:

Now to make sack remain closed properly at its opening side tie it with the twine. Take a 12 inches long string and tie it at the place where the opening of the sack has been closed around the bundled stems.

Fourth Step:

Now as one end of twine is tied to the bouquet tie the other end the loose one with the 3 inches long nail. Remember to get longer nail and keep the sack at the side of its head.

Fifth Step:

Now you will have to hammer the nail either in the wooden beam in your porch or at any other place that you find right for hammering the nail in. Even the wooden clothesline will also work or hang sack on some decorative hook or even the door of kitchen cupboard handle can be used for hanging it. The nail should be hammered in the beam for about an inch.

Sixth Step:

Now be patient and let the fresh flower bouquet remain hanging upside down for around a time period of a week.

Seventh Step:

After a week you can open the sack and see that the flowers have dried and now you may create a beautiful floral arrangement of it in a flower vase or use in any other piece of craft to add beauty.