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How to Preserve Flowers With Borax

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Overview

Drying flowers allows you to save the beauty from your spring and summer garden for many years. When dried properly, the flowers keep both their color and form. This makes them suitable for use in a dried flower arrangements and other crafts. Borax is a readily available household cleaner that also acts as a desiccate when used to dry flowers. Borax works so well that it can over-dry the flowers if the borax powder is not first diluted prior to use.

Step 1

Mix one part borax with one part sand. You can use cornmeal instead of sand if preferred. Place a 2 inch layer of the borax mixture in a box.

Step 2

Remove any damaged or discolored petals from the flowers. Cut the stem so that only 1 inch protrudes from the back of the flower.

Step 3

Set the flowers face up on top the borax. Gently push the stem into the borax layer so that the flowers rest right on top the borax, Leave a 1 inch space between flowers.

Step 4

Sift the borax mixture on top the flowers until they are completely covered. Use a toothpick to gently push the borax between petal layers as necessary to maintain the shape of the flower.

Step 5

Leave the flower in the mixture for seven days. Carefully uncover a petal and gently press on it after the seven days pass. If the petal feels cool and moist, cover again for an additional seven days. If it feels dry, it is time to remove the flower.

Step 6

Brush the borax mixture off the top of the flowers. Slide your fingers under the flower then lift it out of the borax. Store the dried flowers in a sealed plastic bag until you are ready to use them.

Tips and Warnings

  • Moisture quickly ruins dried flowers. Always keep them in a dry area and do not display them in kitchens, bathrooms or other humid areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Borax
  • Sand
  • Box
  • Flowers
  • Plastic bag

References

  • Maryland Cooperative Extension: Preserving Flowers and Leaves
Keywords: borax flower preserving, drying flowers, desiccate dried flowers

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.