How to Preserve Real Flowers

Overview

There is something about flowers that makes any day a delight, whether they are a bouquet of red roses from your significant other or an armful of daisies plucked from a local field. Unfortunately, once they have been gathered, flowers will eventually fade and wither. While there is no magic formula to bring wilted blossoms back to life, there are a few simple steps you can take to preserve your favorite flowers and enjoy them long after they have passed their peak.

Step 1

Preserve your short-stemmed fresh flowers by drying them in sand. Spread a layer of sand in a plastic storage container. Then trim the stems off the flowers with a pair of sharp scissors. Discard the trimmed stems and place the flowers on the sand with the blooms facing upward. Sprinkle more sand over the petals until the flowers are completely concealed.

Step 2

Cover the box and place it in a warm, dry location for one week. Gently brush the sand from the dried blossoms and use as desired.

Step 3

Keep your bouquets or long-stemmed flowers forever by hanging them up to dry. Strip away excess foliage from the stems, leaving only the blossoms, and then divide the flowers into small bundles. Tie each bundle with a piece of cotton string, creating a number of miniature bouquets.

Step 4

String up each bouquet in a warm, well-ventilated area leaving ample space between each bunch. Arrange the flowers so that the blossom end of each bundle is directed toward the floor and leave them to dry for approximately two weeks.

Step 5

Save individual flowers by pressing them. Wrap the flower in two or three pieces of newspaper. Find a large, hardcover book, such as a dictionary, and open it toward the back. Place the paper-wrapped flower between the pages and close the book. Place additional books on the top cover if desired to help press the flower flat. Leave the flower in the book for at least one month.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Sharp scissors
  • Plastic storage box with lid
  • Sand
  • String
  • Newspaper
  • Heavy book

References

  • Flower Preservation
  • Drying Flowers
  • How to Press Your Own Flowers
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About this Author

Lisa Parris writes on a wide variety of topics, but focuses on health and wellness. First published in Stone Soup at the age of 7, Parris's work has also appeared in the Journal of Comparative Parasitology and The Monterey County Herald. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in biology and attended medical school for one year before admitting she "didn't have the stomach for it".