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How to Preserve Flowers Without Drying Them

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Preserve fresh, just-picked flowers in wax for a satiny, fresh look without drying them. This process gives fragile flowers like roses, tulips and daisies strength and lasting power. Flowers preserved this way typically last a week if you use just a thin coat of wax. The more wax you use, the longer they last. Waxed flowers last for many years, 10 years or more, when you use several coats.

Pour water into the bottom portion of the double boiler.

Place blocks of paraffin wax into the top of the double boiler. Turn on the stove on low and melt the wax. Lay out a few paper towels near the double boiler.

Line the shallow container with a layer of waxed paper.

Hold the stem of the flower in your hand and place the flower head in the hot wax once it completely melts. Roll the flower around in the hot, melted wax until completely covered. Remove the flower from the melted wax.

Shake the flower to remove any excess wax. Hold the flower over the paper towels when shaking to catch any falling wax. Place the waxed flowers into the shallow container. Keep enough space between each flower so the flowers do not touch.

Place the container of waxed flowers into the refrigerator to set and harden. Remove after the flowers completely harden. Set flowers in a vase or other decorative vessel for decoration.

Preserve Flowers In Wax

It is a sad fact of life that cut flowers do not last for long. Wax preserved flowers sometimes change color, so experiment until you know what changes will occur. Avoid using delicate flowers. Fill the bottom half of the double boiler with enough water that the surface of the water doesn’t quite touch the bottom of the top half. Replace the top half and set the double boiler on the stove. Clip the candy thermometer to the double boiler. Carefully watch the temperature of the paraffin wax as it melts. The ideal temperature range is 130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the flower from the wax and arrange petals as desired with a toothpick. Clip a flower with a clothes pin on the stem just below the flower head. Allow to dry between each coat. Set the flower upside down on wax paper to allow the stem to dry.

Tip

Use paraffin when at 150 degrees F. While this is typically when the wax is melted and clear, you can use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.

Warning

Never heat paraffin over direct heat. It is flammable.

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