How to Dry Real Flowers to Keep


While fresh flowers add both pleasing aesthetics and a lovely fragrance to your home, the pleasure they bring is temporary; before long, they begin to wilt and their fragrant aroma goes away. While you can't hold onto the fragrant splendor they produce, you can preserve their beauty easily by drying them. Drying real flowers is a simple process that leaves you with brilliant blossoms for many years to come.

Step 1

Cut fresh flowers so that the stems are 6 to 12 inches long.

Step 2

Cut or pick away loose leaves and dead petals and visually inspect each bloom for bugs.

Step 3

Gather a bundle of flowers together and tie a string that is at least 6 inches long around the stems near the bottom to hold them together.

Step 4

Hang the flowers upside-down by the string in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

Step 5

Allow the flowers to air dry for 2 to 3 weeks before taking them down and removing the string.

Things You'll Need

  • String


  • University of Missouri Extension: Drying Flowers and Foliage for Arrangements
  • All Free Crafts: How to Air Dry Flowers
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About this Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination, and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.