Once you cut a flower from the plant it is growing on, it begins to die. However, if you want flowers to last for more than a few days you can dry them. Drying fresh flowers works for wedding bouquets, wild flowers or even flowers out of your own garden. Dried flowers can also be used in a number of crafts, as gifts or just as decoration in your home.
Pick flowers when they are fully open, ideally on a sunny afternoon, according to Cornell University. Remove all of the leaves and other foliage from the flower, except the stem.
Bundle five to six flowers together by the stems. Wrap the stems in a rubber band tightly so they will not move. According to the University of Missouri, dried flower stems will shrink so they need to be tightly wrapped before they are dried.
Attach the flowers to the clothespins by the bottom of the stems and pin the clothespins onto the hangers.
Hang the flowers upside down in a dark, dry closet or attic space. Keep the flowers hanging until they dry completely. This will take two to three weeks, according to the University of Missouri.