How to Care for Dried Flowers

Overview

Dried flowers are usually thought of as the main ingredient in potpourri but they can be used in other ways. They make lovely floral arrangements and add a colorful touch to hanging wreaths. Crafters often use dried flowers when creating projects such as hats, candles and even embellishments for stationery. Dried flowers are sturdy but they don't last forever. Follow a few simple steps and you'll have clean, fresh-smelling, well-groomed flowers that will last for years to come. Remember to replace dried flowers once they start looking too dull and drab.

Cleaning

Step 1

Gently dust dried flower arrangement or wreath with a feather duster. Use gentle, light flicks of the duster to remove dirt and loose debris from the flowers.

Step 2

Set your hair dryer to cool and at the lowest setting. Hold arrangement or wreath a foot or so away from your hair dryer. Move the dryer quickly back and forth and around the arrangement and blow away the dust.

Step 3

Spray compressed air over the flowers or wreath. Hold can at an arm's length and use quick, short bursts of air to remove dust and dirt.

Displaying

Step 1

Place dried flowers in low-lit areas of your home. Avoid placing them in sunlight as this will cause flowers to fade and dry out.

Step 2

Avoid placing arrangements or wreaths in humid areas of your home. Moist air will cause mold and mildew to grow on dried flowers.

Step 3

Don't use dried flower arrangements on outdoor decks or patios. Full sun exposure will fade flowers, and rain or wind will damage the decorations.

Storing

Step 1

Store your arrangements and wreaths in boxes or cartons filled with tissue paper or shredded news paper. Seal boxes tightly.

Step 2

Place mothballs or small air fresheners in cartons and boxes to repel moths and mice and to keep flowers fresh smelling

Step 3

Keep boxes or cartons in dry spaces such as closets and cupboards. Avoid storing them in the attic as it gets hot and humid. Don't store them in basements where they can become too damp.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep dried flowers out of reach of pets and kids. Dried flowers are often sprayed with preservatives that can make animals and children sick when ingested.

Things You'll Need

  • Feather duster
  • Canned air
  • Hair dryer
  • Cartons or boxes
  • Mothballs
  • Air fresheners

References

  • University of Missouri: Drying Flowers and Foliage Arrangements
  • The Flower Mart: How to Take Care of Dried Flowers
  • Wreaths Galore: Caring for Dried Flowers and Wreaths

Who Can Help

  • Dried Flowers Direct: Dried Flower Wreath Care
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About this Author

Amy Deemer has been writing since 1992. Her articles on family life and pets have appeared in the family section of "The Herald Standard" newspaper. Deemer has an Associate of Arts degree in liberal studies from Westmoreland Community college.