How to Dry Colored Flowers

Overview

Drying your flowers is a great way to reuse them verses just tossing them after they die. Make a bouquet that will last, or use the dried flowers in scrapbooking projects. There's a bit of care involved to dry out flowers, especially if the flowers are colored. You don't want the colors to fade too much, or they will lose some of their original beauty.

Step 1

Cut the flowers so that they have a 6 inch stem or longer. Take your flowers inside so that the color isn't faded by the sun. Then remove any leaves on the stem.

Step 2

Group the flowers together in small bunches and tie a rubber band around the bottom of the stems.

Step 3

Tie one end of a piece of string to the rubber band, and the other to a hanger. Your flowers will now be able to freely hang upside down.

Step 4

Hang the flowers in a closet where they are not exposed to light. Light will fade the color of the flowers. Let them dry out for one month. Remember, they must be completely dry before you take them out of the closet.

Step 5

Remove the dried flowers from the hangers and spray them with hairspray. You may want to do this over a bathtub or sink so that you can easily wash away any hairspray that misses the flowers.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure you do not place your dried flowers near a heater. This could ruin them.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • String
  • Hangers
  • Aerosol hairspray

References

  • Proflowers: How to Dry Flowers
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