How to Make Dried Flowers


Making dried flowers requires little but patience. Left out of doors, flowers will be broken down into soil by recyclers, and soon there will be nothing left of the blooms. If the flowers are kept away from water, weather and creatures that feed on them, however, they will gradually lose their moisture and become fascinating and beautiful relics.

Step 1

Harvest all your flowers to dry on the same day. Cut all the stems to a uniform length, 6 inches or longer. Harvest blooms to make dried flowers when they are still opening or have just fully opened. Do not wait until they begin to wilt.

Step 2

Remove leaves from the stems and bundle the flowers into bouquets by attaching the stems side-by-side with twine or rubber bands. The drying flowers should be bundled tightly enough to keep their stems in contact, but not tightly enough to crush the stems. If you prefer to dry your flowers individually, skip this step.

Step 3

Hang your flowers to dry upside down in a cool, dry and dark room where they will not be disturbed. If you are using a disused closet, for example, tie the flowers upside down to the bottom of clothes hangers with twine or clamp them to it with clothespins.

Step 4

Leave your drying flowers in place for three weeks. In general, flowers will only take a week or two to dry, but three weeks will allow them extra time just in case.

Step 5

Remove your flowers carefully from their perch and spray them all over with hairspray or a fixative. This will protect them from decaying further.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Rubber bands
  • Clothespins
  • Clothes hangers
  • Hairspray


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