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How to Preserve Flowers

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Overview

Preserve garden flowers at their peak of blooming to create a memory or craft that will last into the cold winter months. Choose fresh flowers that are full blossomed in a various shapes, sizes and colors. Preserve flowers by pressing them to create a flat end product for use in a scrapbook or framed picture, or preserve with Borax and silica to keep the three-dimensional look of the flower for use in centerpieces.

Preserve Flowers by Pressing

Step 1

Cut flowers in a variety of shapes and sizes. Choose flowers that do not have moisture or dew on them.

Step 2

Cut flowers in half if they are thick. Remove blossoms, stems or leaves of flowers if you want the parts pressed individually.

Step 3

Cut black and white print newspaper into 8-inch squares. Place three to four pieces of newspaper on a flat surface and lay the flowers on top. Place three to four pieces of newspaper on top of the flowers and set several heavy books on top.

Step 4

Check the flowers after three to four days to see if they are flat and dry. Continue the pressing process if they need more time to dry.

Preserve Flowers with Borax

Step 1

Mix a solution of one part silica gel and four parts Borax that has been filtered or sifted to remove lumps. This will create a preserving powder.

Step 2

Cut flowers that do not have moisture or dew on them. Remove the stems near the base of the flower.

Step 3

Place a plastic bag on a flat surface and put a layer of preserving gel on the bottom. Place the blossom of the flower face down in the powder. Pour additional powder on top of the blossom until covered.

Step 4

Continue to add flowers to the plastic bag in the same manner listed in Step 3 until the bag is full. Remove as much air as possible from the bag and seal the bag closed.

Step 5

Put the bag of flowers in a dry location for approximately four weeks. Open the bag after four weeks, remove the blossoms and gently blow the powder off. Use the preserved blossoms to create centerpieces or floral designs.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh flowers
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Heavy books
  • Silica
  • Borax
  • Sifter
  • Plastic bag

References

  • Pioneer Thinking: Preserve Cut Flowers
  • North Dakota State University: Methods of Preserving Flowers
  • Ventura County Star: Preserve pretty flowers long after the garden has faded
Keywords: preserve flowers, dry flowers, garden flower crafts

About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.