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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

How to Dry Flowers

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Spring is the time for flowers! A dear friend suggested I preserve the flowers my boys pick me in resin (thank you Cassie Coben!). I researched how to do it and found the flowers have to be dried. 

I turned the boys loose with a pan and asked them to pick whatever kind of flower they wanted out of the yard. Then I tried 3 drying methods to see what worked best.

First was air drying- I didn’t press these, I simply left them out in the house in a metal pan. It took about a week, but they dried and look okay. The colors aren’t very vibrant and some of the dandelions turned into the white fluffy kind. It required no effort, though.

The result of leaving the flowers alone in the pan they were picked into.

Then I did some in the microwave- 4 minutes in paper towels with a plate under and a plate on top. This provided the most vibrant of color! It also made them flat which seemed to keep the petals intact the best.

Flowers after being dried in the microwave.

Last I did the oven- 1 hour at 200*. I laid everything on a pan and set it in. I was least impressed by this method. It turned out so crunchy and I lost the most petals with this method. I wouldn’t do it again, or recommend it.

Flowers after being dried in the oven.

I haven’t yet used any resin as I decided we could still give fresh flowers gifts right now and I would rather wait until Christmas. So for now, I have dried flowers and the knowledge of how to do it again- in the microwave!

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Madison VanRavensway
Madison VanRavensway
Don't let her quiet nature fool you. Madison is a force to be reckoned with in the outdoors, or creating amazing recipes from scratch.
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