How to Preserve Flowers Without Drying Them


Preserve fresh, just-picked flowers in wax for a satiny, fresh look without drying them. This process gives fragile flowers like roses, tulips and daisies strength and lasting power. Flowers preserved this way typically last a week if you use just a thin coat of wax. The more wax you use, the longer they last. Waxed flowers last for many years, 10 years or more, when you use several coats.

Step 1

Pour water into the bottom portion of the double boiler.

Step 2

Place blocks of paraffin wax into the top of the double boiler. Turn on the stove on low and melt the wax. Lay out a few paper towels near the double boiler.

Step 3

Line the shallow container with a layer of waxed paper.

Step 4

Hold the stem of the flower in your hand and place the flower head in the hot wax once it completely melts. Roll the flower around in the hot, melted wax until completely covered. Remove the flower from the melted wax.

Step 5

Shake the flower to remove any excess wax. Hold the flower over the paper towels when shaking to catch any falling wax. Place the waxed flowers into the shallow container. Keep enough space between each flower so the flowers do not touch.

Step 6

Place the container of waxed flowers into the refrigerator to set and harden. Remove after the flowers completely harden. Set flowers in a vase or other decorative vessel for decoration.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never heat paraffin over direct heat. It is flammable.

Things You'll Need

  • Paraffin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Shallow container
  • Waxed paper
  • Paper towels
  • Vase


  • Home Made Simple: Flowers Forever
  • Gardening Club of Indiana: Waxing Flowers
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About this Author

Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.