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How to Preserve Flowers From a Funeral

By Amy Hannaford ; Updated September 21, 2017

Preserving funeral flowers is one way of keeping a cherished reminder a loved one that has passed away. Some people will press a single funeral flower between the pages of a Bible or family book as a reminder of their dear one when they open the pages, but you can make a cherished keepsake that can be displayed in your home by simply air drying the flowers.

Use the freshest flowers from the funeral arrangements for the best chance of drying well and not falling apart during the process. Cut the stems of each flower to about 6 inches in length.

Group together six to eight flowers and while holding the stems together wrap a 10-inch piece of twine around the bottom of the stems and tie in a knot. Tie the loose ends of the twine over a hanger so the flowers will be hanging upside down once the hanger is hung up.

Hang your flowers upside down in a dark room to dry for at least two to three weeks. Keep your flowers out of windows or sunny locations since the sunlight will fade the colors of the flowers. Be careful not bump them during the drying process since the petals can be knocked off or loosened.

Snip off the stems the desired length or right underneath the flower heads if you are only using the flowers. Use very sharp scissors for cutting the stems so you do not disturb the flower head which cause the petals to fall off. Set the flowers on a paper towel and spray with hairspray to preserve the color of the flowers. Be sure to hold the hairspray can at least 10-inches back from the flowers.

Take the glass out of the shadow box and set aside. Carefully arrange the flowers in the shadow box and once you like the arrangement hot glue each flower to the cardboard backing in the shadow box. Let dry and then replace the glass.


Things You Will Need

  • Twine
  • Hanger
  • Hairspray
  • Shadow box
  • Hot glue


  • Your dried flowers can also be displayed in a vase and set on a bedside table; do not cut off the stems if placing in a vase.

About the Author


Amy Hannaford teaches childbirth education classes and a healthy pregnancy series in Southern Oregon. Hannaford holds an Associate of Arts degree, a certificate in medical assisting, and has been a childbirth educator and birth doula for 20 years. She has been writing articles for Demand Media since 2008.