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. 


Pressed Flower:
  • 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.)


Drying Flowers:
  • 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:


   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. 
New tutorial! 

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  1. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find so many useful info here in the post, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing.barbaradriedflowers.co.uk

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