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How To Dry Your Own Flowers For A Beautiful Home Display

Updated on August 2, 2012

A Dried Flower Display

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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

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Add Warm Water To Glyerine

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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.

Yarrow.

Lavender.

Hydrangea.

Chinese Lanterns.

Globe Thistle.

Love In A Mist.

Roses.

African Marigold.

Silica Mixture For Drying Flowers

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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.

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Dried lavender Bunches

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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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      Nell Rose 11 months ago from England

      Thanks Chitrangada, this is something I did a long time ago, now you have reminded me, I will have to go and do it again, I loved it! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Chitrangada Sharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent information regarding drying of flowers! I had been looking for this information .

      I do press them in books but I had no idea about the proper method . I am sure they will come out beautifully by your above mentioned procedure.

      Pinning it and thank you for sharing your creativity!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, I still have them on my bathroom window ledge! I made them a while ago, doubt if I would want to do it again for a while, but it was fun! thanks as always, nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Nell Rose...You are so creative and clever! I never dried flowers before, probably never will, but I did enjoy this hub and your presentation! :))

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks michelle, glad you liked it, nell

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I dry roses this way! This is great, Nell, and shared!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Thelma, glad you liked it, nell

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Nell! Thanks for reminding me of how I enjoyed drying flowers before, though I have dried them only under the heat of the sun. I have not heard and used the glycerin and desiccants. I might try them someday. Thanks for this very informative hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Deb, thanks so much, I have been hanging lavender these last few weeks, now they are dry I have made loads of pot pourris for my rooms, they smell amazing!

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      Deb Welch 4 years ago

      Beautiful Hub - Nell - well done. I always hung flowers upside down with twine - I never knew there were other ways as you described. They make a nice sachet as well. Useful and Interesting. Have a good day.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Elle, that's a great idea! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      Very interesting! I might have to try this sometime soon, they'd be great for my room - might make some into sachets for my drawers.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi mary, thank you so much again, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Deborah, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Stephanie, good luck with your flowers, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi LL, still learning myself, but I have bought some charcoal so I will give that one a go, I used to dry them in the airing cupboard with mixed results, so fingers crossed they will work out okay this time! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Peggy, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      When I was a child in Wisconsin, we used to dry flowers and even pretty weeds by hanging them upside down as you described. Then sometimes we would paint some of them...like the milkweed pods, for example. In Houston where we now live, it is probably too humid most of the time, so I would have to use those other methods you described in order to dry flowers. Well done! Up votes and sharing!

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Great timing for these ideas on drying flowers. Do you prefer one method over another for certain flowers?

      I prefer to give dried flower arrangements over fresh flower arrangements because the beauty lasts so much longer.

      Great hub; voted up and shared.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Your suggestions for different ways to dry flowers is really useful. I've been air drying hydrangeas this year, but want to dry some roses and other flowers before the end of the blooming season and your instructions will certainly come in handy. Voted up and pinned!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for this great guide. I'm pinning it.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Love this Hub. I have dried roses before if they were special to me, but never other kinds of flowers. I'll try an orchid.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share, Pin, and Tweet.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much ishwaryaa, I am making loads of dry flowers at the moment, I never realised how easy it was, glad you liked it, nell

      Hi livingsta, that's great! thanks so much, nell

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, this is a very interesting hub. My mum will love this. I am gonna share this with her :) Voted up and useful :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      A very helpful hub for those who want to use dry flowers. I like using dry flowers for my artwork. They add a unique beauty to the home-decor as well as art. Your instructions are clear and direct. A well-written hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Eddy, nice to see you, nell

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant read Nell and here's to so many more by you.

      Eddy.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Ruchira, I have been podding sweet peas today so next is the drying of the flowers! lol! hope I don't mess up, thanks!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Seriously did not know that so much hard work goes in it...lol

      I remember drying single flower or a leaf by putting it in a big thick book. Never tried drying a bouquet. Will give this a shot since, all these materials are easily available.

      voted up nell as interesting and useful. Sharing it across

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much for reading jainismus, glad you liked it, nell

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub, thank you for sharing this useful information. Voted up.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Christy, I remember someone in my family doing it, but can't remember which one! my gran I think, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Christy, I remember someone in my family doing it, but can't remember which one! my gran I think, thanks so much, nell

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      So beautiful Nell.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Most welcome! Still looking for my gun...well I have a least two...the flowers will def be dry by the time I do! Hot glue gun stuff is so easy and fun.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Nell. Good tips! I love dried flowers...I used to place one flower or colorful leaf between pages in a big, heavy book...this worked great for placing the dried flowers between two panes of glass that fit w/in a frame...for hanging but, otherwise, was rather "one dimensional!!"

      I've used glycerine and have hung many bunches upside down but I never thought of using a desiccat..hmmm.....

      This year, my hydrangea has been really productive and I'm preparing to gather bunches of the big, beautiful flowers to hang upside down for wonderful arrangements...easy!

      Great hub...I especially love lavender..so nice a scent for the bedroom. Thank you for a very useful hub!

      Up Awesome Useful and Interesting!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      When I was a girl my mom used to dry flowers. Your hub brought back nice memories and now I have a reference to do the same! Thanks Nell, a vote up and sharing too.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks tammy, it really is fun without being to hard to do, I never realised how simple it was! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is really helpful Nell. I have pressed many flowers but never dried them. I can definatley use some dried flowers. The lavender and pansies are my favorite. Excellent!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, that's a great idea! I will try to do that myself! thanks for the great idea, nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love to dry them for the wonderful smell and I personally love to use netting and hot glue the dried flowers in the center and this allows the scent to escape and little decorations can make it fit into bathroom, kitchen or blend anywhere you want to put or hang them. Thanks for reminding me this is a good time to do that!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much, glad you liked it, nell

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Wow! Very useful information here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jerry Buerge 5 years ago

      WOW!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi kitty, yes its lavender, beautiful isn't it? and no I am not at the Olympics but I have been watching it, we got 6 Gold in one day! yeah! lol! thanks for reading, I love trying out all these new arty things! haha thanks as always, nell

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Wow, Nell. What a wonderful idea for the end of the Summer. Are you close to London? Are you at the Olympics right now? LOL. If they had a flower-drying sport...you'd take home the GOLD. Anywho, great hub as usual and is that Lavender at the end?

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi alocsin, thanks so much, yes that's so true, and winter is on its way! what a horrible thought! lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi grandmapearl, that's such a great idea, putting them on note cards! I am definitely going to try that! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi RTalloni, thanks for reading, glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi tills, haha! sounds just like the sort of thing I would do! thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi ignugent, sounds like a great idea, as long as it keeps in a dry place without any moisture, glad you liked it, and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Movie, thanks so much for reading, I didn't realise how easy it was too! lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi shara, that's so beautiful! and so true about dried flowers! wonderful! and thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, thanks for reading, yes its something I have started to do, and its so easy! I can't believe it, at the moment I have them all laid out on my table ready to go! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great idea. And it's a way to bring the beauty of flowers from your garden into the non-growing months of winter. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Nell, I've pressed flowers before and used them on special note cards; and I've dried herbs by turning them upside down in bunches. Now I know how to extend the life of my cut flowers! Thanks for all this great info. Voted Up and Useful and Shared.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Helpful details, and timely here at mid summer--thanks!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Dried flowers always look so lovely. I've never really tried, however, by accident I did dry some hydrangeas...they were from the bridesmaids in my son's wedding. I stuck them in a vase and forgot about them...that was a year ago and now they're lovely dried flowers!

      Your information is just what's needed for someone who wants to do it the right way ;)

      Voted up, useful, and interesting!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      I was thinking drying it under the sun is enough and now I know how to do the correct way. Thank you very much for this useful information. voted up!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell, I have always wanted to know how to do this - and it sounds so easy!

      Thank you for the instructions, a wonderful hub, voting up and shared.

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      Farhat 5 years ago from Delhi

      Here is the essence of my poetry "Sookhe Phool" means - Dry Flowers" written 12 years back- --that says-

      " If preserved by heartily efforts, even the Dry flowers retain their smell for ever, : Whenever the pages of memories are opened, Spreads out the fragrance of Moments Together!

      and very similar, your hub says it beautifully! ...... Nell, thanks a lot !

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for all the useful instructions for how to dry flowers, Nell. Cut flowers look so beautiful, but they don't last for long. It's nice to be able to preserve the flowers. I do press them occasionally, but I'd like to dry them by following the methods that you've described.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks suzette, I never realised how easy it was! I always thought it was something that was specialised! lol! so easy and I can't wait to get going, thanks as always, nell

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Nell, wonderful article. I knew about bunching flowers together and hanging them upside down, but I didn't know about using the glycerin or the desiccants. This is so interesting and informative. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us. I enjoyed reading this!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi carol, thanks so much, its a great little craft thing to do, I like it when its easy! lol! good luck with your dried flowers, nell

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I have always wanted to try this. You have an easy to follow guide here. I am going to bookmark it when I am ready to begin trying this craft. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks klara, nice to see you! I am glad you liked it, they are beautiful when the flowers are dried, I am getting all the petals off of my sweetpeas to have a go! lol! thanks!

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      Nell, this is a great way to add color to the home. It seems simple enough. I must try it sometime.

      As expected, you've written another great hub. Thank you!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, thanks as always, and I am glad you liked it, nice to see you, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Seeker, yes I didn't realise how easy it was too! lol! now I know I will be doing it all the time with my lovely balcony plants, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Hilary, thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi christopher, yes I used to press petals too! I always put them in a book and left them for a while, then used them for book marks! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi remaniki, thanks so much! I use redgage too! lol! really appreciate it, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Ann, that's great! good luck with them, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi effer, lol! I do know what you mean, I tend to do all sorts of arts and crafts, and then get fed up of them and start another one! I have a whole collection of Masks on my wall that I made! I was so proud of those, then got fed up of it! now its the dried flowers, but so far its so easy I am just getting started on collecting them from my balcony, thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi emimemo, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks teaches, I spotted some in the shop and thought I wonder how they do that? lol! then I got to thinking I wanted to have a go, so what better way to teach myself by reading and writing! thanks!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think dried flowers are beautiful. I have never attempted this. It's good to know how if i decide to try. Thank you Nell..Cheers

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      A very interesting hub and dried flowers have always been a favourite of mine - some of the displays are really beautiful and last so long. I didn't realise that it could so easy to dry out flowers, provided its done properly. I do have an interest in displays and would love to try my hand at this at some point.

      Great hub + voted up!

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love this and I love to dry flowers for sachet. Thanks! Lovely photos too :) cheers.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I used to work for a company that sold dried flowers from Holland. They had some beautiful displays. I have tried drying a few myself, by hanging them up. Its a good way to remind yourself of summers past. I used to like pressing flower petals as well.

      Thanks for those really useful tips Nell.

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Nell,

      It is a great pleasure to visit your hubs as you write all kinds of things from how-to articles to lovely humorous hubs. Great! I am a very happy follower of yours. This hub gives a very clear account about making your home look and feel beautiful with this kind of dried flower arrangements. Fantastic. Very well-planned and written hub. Voted up and awesome and sharing it across the hub community for the benefit of fellow hubbers. Cheers, Rema.

      Just shared it on redgage too.

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Nell, I always wondered how people got such beautiful dried flower arrangements. Maybe one day, I'll try it! Thanks!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell Rose......How I wish I was into arts and crafts......but alas, I'm limited to sewing...other than that, I'm afraid I lack whatever that "special" thing is that allows people to be so creative in making such beautiful hand made items........

      I do have a friend who actually does dried flowers.....and they're lovely. She's also the one who creates Mosaics from old china and glass ware and builds & plants gorgeous "English Gardens" in the middle of her yard that are the envy of the neighborhood.

      I have NO idea why I like her and torture my poor self......!! LOL UP++

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      emimemo 5 years ago from USA

      It is very useful information. Thank you for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have always wanted to try this with some flowers as they do look so realistic in a vase. My sister does this at Christmas time with those really big white hydrangeas and they do look stunning against the décor. Thanks for the tips on how to do this art.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much lady rain, glad you liked it and good luck with the roses, nell

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      This hub has very useful information on drying flowers which I never knew before. I can't wait to dry my own roses. Thank you for sharing these ideas. Voted UP and more...