How to Dry Fresh Flowers


Dried flowers can be used to make a flower arrangement for a dining room table, or they can be crushed up and used to make potpourri. The best time to dry out flowers is right after collecting them from a flower garden. There are several methods to dry out fresh flowers, but air drying the flowers is one of the oldest and simplest methods that you can use at home.

Step 1

Use a pair of gardening scissors to cut the stem of the flowers that you want to dry out so that the flowers are released from their plant.

Step 2

Bring the flowers in and out of the sun so that you keep the colors as bright as possible.

Step 3

Remove any leaves that are attached to the stem. You can keep one or two leaves that are just under the flower if you want to.

Step 4

Turn the flowers upside down and group them together in sets of eight.

Step 5

Tie a rubber band around each set of flowers to hold them together.

Step 6

Tie a string to the rubber band, and then tie the other end to a hanger. Hang the flowers in a dry dark room, such as a closet.

Step 7

Check your flowers after 10 to 14 days to see if they are completely dry. If not, put them back for another week until they are dry.

Step 8

Spray the flowers with a coating of hairspray for preservation.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening scissor
  • Flowers
  • Rubber bands
  • String
  • Hanger
  • Hairspray


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