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How to Preserve Dead Flowers

Flowers are a lovely reminder of certain moments in your life, such as a wedding bouquet or an arrangement of flowers sent to you by a loved one, or maybe they are just flowers you picked from your garden. Once you pick a flower, it begins to die. However, you can preserve your dead flowers with a few household products.

Remove the flowers from the vase or their wrapping, if they are in any. Cut off any water-logged part of the dead flower’s stem. Remove any leaves as well.

Lay the flowers on a paper towel and spray them thoroughly with one or two layers of hair spray. Extra-hold hair spray works better at preserving the shape of the flowers.

  • Flowers are a lovely reminder of certain moments in your life, such as a wedding bouquet or an arrangement of flowers sent to you by a loved one, or maybe they are just flowers you picked from your garden.
  • Lay the flowers on a paper towel and spray them thoroughly with one or two layers of hair spray.

Wrap each stem of the flowers individually in a paper towel and pin them to the hanger with the clothespins. Be sure they are spaced far enough apart that they are not touching. Hang the flowers upside down to preserve their shape.

Hang the hanger in a dark, dry closet and shut the door. Leave the flowers in the closet for one to two weeks until they are completely dry.

Preserve Flowers & Why?

If you want to make keepsakes of flowers from a special occasion, such as a wedding or anniversary, you can preserve them for years with products found in home and garden stores. Use pruning shears or a sharp knife to cut flowers. Remove the leaves from stems and place the flowers in plastic bags in a dark or shaded area until you are ready to begin the preservation process. The most common methods for drying plants include hanging, microwave drying, putting them in an airtight container with silica gel or placing them in sand. The thinner a plant is, the easier it is to press. Let the flowers dry out for as long as you want. You can preserve flowers for years with this method. Preserving flowers with glycerin requires more work than pressing, but plants preserved this way have a more natural appearance than those that are pressed. For most plants you can use 1 part glycerin to 2 parts water. Shellac is best for plants with berries or seeds in pods.

  • If you want to make keepsakes of flowers from a special occasion, such as a wedding or anniversary, you can preserve them for years with products found in home and garden stores.
  • Remove the leaves from stems and place the flowers in plastic bags in a dark or shaded area until you are ready to begin the preservation process.

Preserve Flowers & Why?

If you want to make keepsakes of flowers from a special occasion, such as a wedding or anniversary, you can preserve them for years with products found in home and garden stores. Use pruning shears or a sharp knife to cut flowers. Remove the leaves from stems and place the flowers in plastic bags in a dark or shaded area until you are ready to begin the preservation process. The most common methods for drying plants include hanging, microwave drying, putting them in an airtight container with silica gel or placing them in sand. The thinner a plant is, the easier it is to press. Let the flowers dry out for as long as you want. You can preserve flowers for years with this method. Preserving flowers with glycerin requires more work than pressing, but plants preserved this way have a more natural appearance than those that are pressed. For most plants you can use 1 part glycerin to 2 parts water. Shellac is best for plants with berries or seeds in pods.

  • If you want to make keepsakes of flowers from a special occasion, such as a wedding or anniversary, you can preserve them for years with products found in home and garden stores.
  • Remove the leaves from stems and place the flowers in plastic bags in a dark or shaded area until you are ready to begin the preservation process.

Tip

This will work only on dead flowers that are not losing their petals or flowers that are bruised or water logged.

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