Perhaps it is a wedding bouquet or a bouquet of flowers from Valentine's Day; no matter what the occasion, preserving that floral bouquet can be done inexpensively at home and in a relatively short time. Using items found around the home or easily obtained at any craft store, you will be able to create beautifully dried flowers that can then be used in various ways.
Remove excess foliage and cut the stems to a length of no more than 6 inches. Take out any flowers that have blemishes or are too mature because, when dried, any blemishes will show more and flowers that are too open will fall apart easier.
Take six to eight flowers and rubber band the stems together near the bottom.
Tie the bouquet upside down to a hanger using thread or fishing line. Hang the bouquet in a dark, dry place such as a closet, attic or unused room.
Leave the bouquet in the dark area for two to four weeks to dry completely. Keep out of direct sunlight, which can fade the color.
Take down from the hanger once the flowers are completely dry. Spray them with hair spray for added protection and to preserve the color longer.
Purchase silica gel at any craft supply store and place a 2-inch layer in the bottom of a plastic container that has an airtight lid. Silica gel is a powder used to absorb moisture from flowers.
Cut the stems to about 2 inches in length and gently place the flowers, one at a time, face down in the silica gel. Add another 2-inch layer of the silica gel over the flowers, covering completely.
Place the lid on the container and make sure it is airtight. Place the container in a cool, dark room and leave for about four weeks to completely dry.
Remove the flowers gently from the silica gel after four weeks. Gently wipe or shake the powder off of the flowers.
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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.