How To Dry Your Own Flowers For A Beautiful Home Display
A Dried Flower Display
Dried flowers are a beautiful addition to your home. The advantage of dried flowers is that they will last for a very long time, and it is an easy way to enjoy a colorful and well kept flower arrangement in your house.
The key to drying your flowers is to remember that you have to remove the moisture from the flower or plant as quickly as possible. The easiest way of flower preservation is air drying as it requires no special materials or expertise.This is a great way for beginners to learn how to dry flowers.
Moisture is removed from the flowers by circulating air using no preservative. As long as they are kept in a warm dry atmosphere without any moisture, the flowers will begin to dry out as long as they are prepared properly.
Dried Flowers Preparation.
Choose the most perfect flowers and remove any large leaves as these will become shriveled and look unattractive. When dried, you can remove the smaller leaves by rubbing them so that they crumble and fall from the flower.
Next, gather the stems into small bunches, be careful not to use to many as they will rot if there are too many placed together.Then fasten them with elastic bands. These will contract as the flower stems begin to dry and shrink.
Now, this is really important, make sure that you hang the bunches upside down and place them in a dry dark airy space. If they are upright they will droop and the flower petals will fall off. Saying that, it really does all depend on which flower you are drying. If you are using a pendulous plant that naturally droops, then hang them the right way up to preserve their shape.
Place Glycerin In A Bowl To Dry Flowers
Add Warm Water To Glyerine
How To Dry Flowers Using Glycerin.
The other way to dry flowers is to use glycerin and desiccants.Commonly used types of desiccants are activated charcoal, silica gel, calcium sulphate and montmorillonite clay.
Preserving in glycerine.
- Choose a large container and pour in the glycerin.
- Top this up with 2 parts hot water to one part glycerin, to a depth no higher than 3 inches.
- For wood stemmed foliage, cut or split the stem ends, then place in the glycerin. For soft stemmed leaves make sure you allow the mixture to cool first. Then stand the container in a warm dry and dark place.
- Make sure you check the container every day and top up with fresh liquid if necessary. The one thing you will notice is that the foliage will begin to change color as the glycerin is absorbed. Wipe the stems dry when removing from the mixture.
- The one thing you have to look out for is to make sure the leaves do not absorb too much of the glycerin. If this does happen, remove the flowers and place them in warm water with a drop of washing up liquid to remove the oil that has appeared on the leaves. Rinse thoroughly and place the dried flowers in a warm dry place.
Flowers That Can Be Dried Easily.
Love In A Mist.
Silica Mixture For Drying Flowers
Drying Flowers With Desiccants.
- Spoon a layer of silica gel or charcoal into a container making sure that its not more than 1/2 inch deep.
- If you are using silica gel use a clean airtight container. Only place one layer of foliage or flower inside to preserve the shape of the flower.
- Sprinkle the silica or charcoal over the flower to a depth of 1/2 inch.
- When you have sealed the container, make sure to put the plant name and date on top of the container so that you can keep an eye on how long it should be left to dry.
- Miniature flowers will take 3 - 4 days to dry, roses 7 - 10 days, and fleshy flowers such as Orchids, 2 -3 weeks.
- If you are using borax (mineral) leave the container open, but place in a warm temperature. An airing cupboard is ideal.
- When its time to remove the dried flowers, test to make sure they are dried sufficiently by gently flicking with your finger. If the dried flower makes a crisp papery sound then it is ready to remove from the container. Finish by pouring off the desiccant.
Place Flowers In Silica Mixture.
Dried lavender Bunches
Drying Your Own Flowers
Drying your own flowers is a simple way to enjoy a wonderful display of color and beauty all year round. It's a simple way to bring your flowers into your home. You will be able to make up any arrangements using a combination of home made dried plants, and more exotic bought ones. And when you have practised the simpler ideas, you can move onto the more difficult displays.
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