How to: Dry Flowers (and what to do with them)
Every time we have a bouquet of flowers in the house I get excited. I get more excited when they start dying, then it's DRYING TIME. I like dried flowers because I think they add this weird mysteriousness to a room. Also, I get to keep bouquets from special occasions. It's pretty cool to have the roses from my junior year drama performance. So, I'll show you the two ways I dry flowers, show some of my flowers, and link up to other tutorials that use flowers in awesome ways.
- Cut off stem to base of flower
- Lay it face down, so the petals won't bend, in the back of a book. (Be sure to use an old book that has no meaning, petals can potentially dye pages and wet petals could cause mold.)
- Place something heavy on top of the book. (I use Little Women, you know like the book, not actual women.)
- Practice patience. It takes 2-4 weeks for a flower to dry completely.
- The less wilted a flower is, the more b-e-a-utiful it will be.
- If you want to get fancy, put a layer of tissue paper between the flower and book on both sides. Replace the tissue paper every 3-4 days. (I don't do this, and I've never had a problem.)
- Take flower stem out of water
- Cut it down to the preferred size
- Place it into another vase without water and set it in front of a window or on a back porch
- Wait for it to dry aaaaaaand that's it!
Some of my dried flowers:
What to do with them:
- Rose petal butterflies & Decorated Tea Lights: The tea lights are so cool. Putting that on the list of awesome things to do.
- Glued Pressed Flowers: A guide to gluing pressed flowers to make an insanely awesome arrangement on a page.
- Make Coasters: Seems pretty cool, I think it'd need a trial run.
- Flower Words: Tutorial on using your flowers to make a word print.
- Put them in ornaments!
I used my dried flowers to create this illustration. I arranged my flowers on a scanner, and simply scanned them in. Simple as that. I love flowers and I like being able to preserve them.
Some people find it weird, or sad, to keep dead flowers. But, I think I'm giving them a new life. I'm still appreciating them and I find them just as fascinating as alive flowers. Dried flowers aren't flowers that are left behind. They're still here, being beautiful.