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How To Dry Flowers: Preserving Fresh Flower Bouquets

Are you looking to keep your flower bouquets fresh for a lifetime? The good news is you can with these easy preserving techniques. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy their vibrant colours and your special memories for many years to come. To get started, we have a guide that shows you how to dry flowers in 2 different ways. Read on to get inspired! 

What types of flowers work best for drying?

Preserving flowers is such a popular technique due to the varieties of flowers that can be used. However, blooms that are flat, sturdy and feature multiple layers are usually easier to dry. Below are the best flowers for drying:

  • Hydrangeas
  • Roses
  • Peonies
  • Daisies
  • Orchids
  • Delphinium
  • Chrysanthemums 
  • Tulips
  • Carnations
  • Lisianthus
  • Tail flower
how to dry flowers

How to dry flowers - 2 easy ways

Air-drying flowers

To make air-dried flowers you will need:

  • Flower bouquet 
  • String or rubber band
  • Scissors
  • Stick 

Here’s an overview of how to make air-dried flowers:

  1. Choose your flowers: We recommend using sturdy flowers that have less water content, such as Hydrangeas and Tail flowers. These flowers are more likely to keep all their petals during the drying process. Aim to use as many flowers as you can as some may get lost when drying. 
  2. Separate and bunch your flowers: Separate all the flowers by their species. You will also need to remove any leaves or thornes, and trim the stems to the desired length. Please keep in mind that the stems will shrink when drying. 
  3. Tie the stems together: Using your string or rubber band, tie the stems firmly together. Make sure you’re not denting or creasing any of the flowers. 
  4. Hang them upside down: Flip your flowers upside down and tie them to a stick using some string. Make sure your flowers aren’t bunched together, they should be at least 6 inches apart. Depending on the size of the flowers, the drying process can take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks.

Pressing flowers

To make pressed flowers, you can purchase a flower press kit, otherwise you will need:

  • Baking paper
  • A heavy and flat object

To learn how to dry out flowers using the pressed method you need to:

  1. Choose flat flowers: When using the pressing technique, we recommend choosing flat flowers such as orchids or flowers that feature thick petals. 
  2. Lay your flowers on the paper: Lay out a piece of baking paper and place your flowers neatly on top, and place another sheet of paper on top. 
  3. Press the flowers: Using a heavy and flat object, such as a heavy book, gently apply pressure on top of the paper. Leave the object on top and leave to dry in a dark, warm and dry area. 
  4. Replace drying paper: After a week, replace the baking paper with some fresh sheets. However, be careful to not damage the flowers as they are delicate. Every week replace the paper. This process can take up to a month.

Ways to use dried flowers

There are a number of ways to use dried flowers, including:

  • Long-lasting bouquets: A great way to increase the life of your favourite flower bouquet is by drying it! The flowers will maintain their colour and appearance for a long period of time. 
  • Craft projects: Dried flowers are a great addition to a variety of DIY projects, such as cardmaking, wall art, candles, phone cases and more. 
  • Scrapbooking: If you want to save your special flowers, scrapbooks are the perfect place to store them! 
  • Gifts: You can gift dry flowers on their own or tie them to a gift as a special addition. 

Get a fresh bouquet from BloomBar

Now that you know how to dry flowers, there’s no better time to pick a fresh bouquet from BloomBar. At BloomBar, our experienced team of florists will curate the perfect bouquet for you. From bright flower arrangements and everlasting flowers to pastel bouquets and more! If you’re looking to dry a vibrant bunch of flowers or have any other enquiries, please contact City store or Marion store today. 

How to dry flowers : Other FAQs

How long do dried flowers keep their colour?

It will all depend on how they are stored! To increase the longevity of your flowers, store them in a dry area away from harsh sunlight. If they’re kept in damp areas, they are likely to rot. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team of florists. 

For more information: how to care for fresh flowers

Can you dry fresh flowers?

Yes you can! However, most people like to get the most out of their fresh flowers before they decide they are ready to be dried.

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