How to dry flowers: give your stems a second life!

How to dry flowers: give your stems a second life!

Who doesn't want to enjoy their bouquet for longer? Give your flowers the encore they deserve with a rustic makeover to see them through the seasons; it's time to dry off.

It takes a little time, but drying flowers is easy peasy, not to mention a fun trip down memory lane — don't say it was just us who had to make a herbarium at primary school? We'll share the top tips, so you can hang a slice of Mother Nature on your wall.

There are different ways to dry your flowers (air, silica gel, flower press and glycerin), but we chose the press. Why? Read on to find out.

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What you need

  • Flower press
  • Thick, heavy books (as an alternative to the press)
  • Cardboard
  • Foil paper
  • Flowers to dry
  • Picture frame with a double glass wall

Suitable flowers

A flower press ensures that the colour is retained in your flower. Blue, red, pink and yellow flowers are the most suitable because the colour of the leaves will remain the longest. The thinner the petals, the faster the shades will fade.

Flowers and foliage that work great with pressed drying are roses, geraniums, violets, zinnias, ferns, lavender, plantain, dandelions, and different types of grass. Of course, you can experiment as much as you like with different stems.

Let’s get started!

  1. It is common to think that you should choose flowers that are blooming in their prime, but go for flowers that are a little older and entering their golden days.

  2. Choose flowers that are not too thick: if their ‘crowns’ are too big there is a chance that they can break or tear when the press is closed.

  3. Remove as much foliage as possible, unless you love a splash of green. The fewer leaves, the more flowers you can dry at the same time. Cut off (a part of) the stem.

  4. Keep the flowers out of water overnight, so there is less moisture in the leaves. In this way, the drying process goes faster and your dried flower becomes even more beautiful.

  5. Place the flowers with the cup upwards on the sheets of foil and cardboard. This will pull the moisture out of the flowers.

  6. Place the sheets of foil and cardboard on the flowers (foil first) and repeat this with as many layers as you want.

  7. Turn the flower press as firmly as you can and place it in a dark, dry and well-ventilated place.

  8. 'Forget' about your little project and leave the press for about eight weeks. Then loosen the screws and carefully remove the flowers from the foil.

  9. Place the flowers between a glass photo frame, and hang your masterpiece or display it proudly for all to admire.

Tip: instead of a flower press, you can also use heavy books. Always place the flowers between a layer of foil before placing them in the book, so that the moisture can be drawn out of the leaves.

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Order your bloomon bouquet now and start planning your floral drying project — but definately enjoy it fresh, first!