How to Dry Real Flowers

Overview

Dried flowers are a lovely way to preserve and enjoy flowers in your home no matter what the season. Anniversary roses and birthday bouquets do not have to be thrown out; they can be kept for many years and serve as precious reminders of life's special moments. However, some flowers such as lavender (Lavandula) and baby's breath (Gypsophila) are more appropriate than others for the drying process. If you have your own flower garden, it is important to pick your selections when they are at their peak in beauty.

Step 1

Remove the extra leaves from your flower stems and trim the ends, making sure to leave at least 6 inches of stem length. Make certain your flowers are completely out of the sunlight. Gather the flower stems and bind them with a rubber band or string.

Step 2

Tie the bundled flowers to a clothes hanger with string by the bottom of the stems, with the flowers hanging upside down. If you have more than one bundle, attach a bundle at each end of the hanger. Hang undisturbed in a dark closet for two weeks.

Step 3

Gently remove the now dried flowers from the hanger and spray the petals with hairspray. Place the flowers in a vase within areas of your home that are not in direct light or near heat. You can also continue to hang them upside down and use as a wall hanging or add to a decorative wreath.

Tips and Warnings

  • Picking flowers too early or too late will get you flowers that do not retain their vibrant color during the drying process. Use flowers that have little to no imperfections because the drying process will accent flaws.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber band
  • Clothes hanger
  • String
  • Hairspray

References

  • Iowa State University Extension: Harvesting and Drying Everlasting Flowers
  • "Storey's Basic Country Skills"; Martha Storey and Deborah Burns; 1999

Who Can Help

  • Flower Depot Store
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About this Author

Yvonne Ward began her professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of "Pickin' Cotton Sure Is Hard Work" in the book "Golden Short Stories Volume 1" for the Dahlonega Book Festival. She has since written a true crime book published in 2010, with contracts for two more. Ward is pursuing a Master of Arts in history and culture from Union Institute and University.