Drying a flower is a process of retaining a flower's color and a portion of the fragrance for year-round display. Drying preserves the flower for much longer than placing it into a vase and keeping it temporarily alive with water and sugar. Drying flowers does not require any specialized equipment and is inexpensive--anyone with a flower garden and a dry, dark place to hang their flowers can do it.
Cut flowers from the garden when they are still partially closed, recommends the University of Missouri Extension. Drying flowers continue to open as they dry.
Remove any foliage from the stems of the flowers.
Tie the flowers in a loose bundle, says the Maryland Cooperative Extension, and wrap with a rubber band.
Hand the flowers upside-down using the string in a dry room where the flowers are not exposed to direct sunlight, such as an attic, closet or furnace room. Leave the flowers to dry for 2 to 3 weeks until they are thoroughly dried.