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How to Preserve Flowers Without Drying Them

By Sommer Leigh ; Updated September 21, 2017
Daisies are perfect for waxing.
daisies image by Tanya McConnell from Fotolia.com

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.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Paraffin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Shallow container
  • Waxed paper
  • Paper towels
  • Vase

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.

About the Author

 

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.