Preserve many flowers by drying them in sand, borax/cornmeal mixtures or silica gel. Cut flowers when they are fully open, but before the centers get large.
Use sand or a mix of 4 parts cornmeal to 1 part borax, with an open container. Place flower heads with single rows of petals face down on a layer of sand or borax mix and gently trickle the granules over and around each flower. Flower heads with multiple rows of petals dry best when set upright in the drying medium. This requires that their stems be wired for stability.
Be sure the sand trickles into all crevices and covers the flowers at least an inch or two deep. Do not cover the box, because they need air to dry out. Check them periodically for complete dryness before removing the flowers. The process may take 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the humidity and warmth of the surrounding air.
With silica gel, a dry desiccant powder available in craft stores and florist shops, place the flower heads face down into a container partially filled with the silica gel. The container should have an airtight lid. Single-petal types of flowers do best with this method. Gently sift more silica gel on and around each flower head, to make sure the flowers are completely covered. Then close the lid tightly. Check the flowers after 3 to 5 days.
If your humidity is fairly low (below 50%) some flowers can be dried by hanging the stems upside down in some manner that allows the air to circulate around the whole plant.
Consider a Flower Drying Press
- Uses any conventional microwave
- Instructions included
- Good color retention
- Fast drying time
- Easy to use
- This easy to use 5 inch square flower press dries and presses a wide range of flowers, leaves and other flora in seconds to minutes depending on the power of your microwave and the type of flora being pressed. To dry flowers you place them between two fabric liners, two pads and two perforated platens-all supplied. This sandwich is held together with two heavy-duty clips. Then all you do is pop the flower press in your microwave, turn it on high and let the moisture be drawn out. You'll love it because of the control you retain over pressing, the fast results you get and the better color retention. The dried flowers can be incorporated into scrapbooking, greeting cards, pictures, bookmarks, invitations, decoupage, menus, candles, soap, etc. The quality of this press is impressive as it uses heavy-duty, well-made parts throughout. The cotton liners can be washed repeatedly and the pads will last for hundreds of cycles. In addition there is a booklet with six pages of thorough instructions and suggestions. This flower press is a great gift to yourself or to someone special. In this offer you get one brand new, complete flower press kit. For hundreds more craft, art and hobby products be sure to visit our National Artcraft Storefront. We have the creative component you need.
FLOWER DRYING STANDS CAN BE HELPFUL
Hang flowers to dry on this easy to assemble stand that fits easily into a work box. Manufactured by Fmm in England Assembly instructions included
Outstanding Flowers For Drying
Here are some of the best flowers to grow for drying.
Wormwood, Silver King