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Overview

Whether it's a sentimental wedding bouquet, a prom corsage or your first homemade floral arrangement, saving flowers allows you to keep the memories fresh. Many ways to save flowers exist, and depending on your needs, the methods are easy. From pressed blooms to dried blossoms, saving your flowers for the long term proves to be an easy craft with which to incorporate some of your favorite and most memorable flowers.

Pressed Flower Decor

Step 1

Place a single clear acrylic sheet in front of you.

Step 2

Place a few of your favorite fresh blossoms in the center of the acrylic sheet. Such flowers include large daisies, day lilies, orchids and other grandiose blossoms.

Step 3

Squeeze a line of glue along the edges of the acrylic sheet.

Step 4

Layer the other sheet of clear acrylic over the other, encasing the flowers. Press down firmly to seal the edges together and press the flowers flatly.

Step 5

Place the acrylic-encased flowers underneath something heavy, such as a stack of books. Allow it to sit in this manner for a week.

Drying Method

Step 1

Grasp a bundle of long-stemmed flowers by the centers of their stems.

Step 2

Place the flowers, bud sides down, into a paper grocery sack.

Step 3

Wrap a rubber band around the top of the grocery sack and the stems of the flowers to keep them securely in place.

Step 4

Allow them approximately a week to dry in the sack.

Step 5

Remove the flowers and arrange them, right side up, into a vase. Spray the entire surface of the flowers in the vase with hairspray by holding the can about 5 inches from them and spraying a fine mist over the circumference of the arrangement.

Things You'll Need

  • Acrylic sheets (12 by 12 inches, clear, 2)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fresh flowers
  • Paper grocery bag
  • Rubber band
  • Hair spray
  • Vase

References

  • North Dakota State University: Methods of Preserving Flowers
  • University of Kentucky: Preserving Flowers
Keywords: saving flowers, fresh flower crafts, preserving flowers

About this Author

Chelsea Hoffman resides in Las Vegas, Nev., where she is currently working on a dramatic novel titled "Chloe." A published freelance writer for over 15 years, Hoffman writes for GardenGuides, Travels, and a variety of other online and print venues.