Looking for a craft project to do this weekend? Drying flowers may be your next project that will help your home look oh so lovely. Dried flowers not only look amazing but they can be everlasting. While many flowers are perfect for drying, not all flowers dry well.
The best flowers for drying include baby's breath, strawflowers, hydrangeas, lavender, globe thistle, eucalyptus & proteas. Drying flowers is an easy and great way to add some gorgeous decor to your home.
Dried flowers are the base for some stunning dried wreaths, bouquets, arrangements, flower frames, Christmas ornaments, wedding confetti and so much more. For a variety of colours and textures, we recommend drying a variety of flowers and foliage. We've listed some of the best flowers to dry. So what are you waiting for? (apart from the 2-3 weeks it takes to actually dry the flowers).
Globe Thistle (Echinops)
Echinops is the botanical name for globe thistle. Globe Thistle large spiky flowers tend to appear in early summer and last up to 8 weeks. These flowers tend to stand out with blooms growing up to 5 cm.
These flowers are truly stunning, with deep, dark blue petals and a spiky exterior. They are stunning flowers with deep dark blue petals set in a spiky frame. These blooms make for excellent dried flower displays and will last for years. Be cautious when handling these flowers as they contain prickly thistles.
Simply cut the stems from these plants in the morning, just before the flower buds completely open or before the flowers are mature. These buds tend to open after being cut. Tie the stems together with twine and hang them upside to air dry in a dark and dry spot. Check on these in 2-3 weeks.
The stunning strawflower appears similar to daisies in form, but unlike daisies, their petals are stiff and almost feel like paper to the touch. These beauties will bring vibrant and stunning colours to both craft projects and your garden if planting them.Strawflowers members of the Xerochrysum genus family. This Australian native is a part of the Asteraceae family, known for it's many daisy like flowers. If growing at home, we recommend cutting these stems before the centers of the flowers open as they tend to open up after picking, leaving the stems around 30+ cm long.
Whether you're buying baby's breath from a florist or finding it in a garden, these gorgeous flowers are perfect for drying. These are easy to grow in your garden which is a low budget way to add to some bouquets, or craft projects. This plant may be annual or perennial, with a variety of white, rose and pink flowers available and either have single or double blooms.
We recommend waiting until the morning dew dries, then cutting a bunch of the stems just as the flower buds have begun to open. Bunch the stems together and tie with twine or a rubber band, hang them upside down in a closet or dry and dark room. Wait for a couple of weeks until they feel dry and almost brittle to touch.
One of our favourite flowers, hydrangeas have been popular in homes and bridal bouquets over the years. If you have the garden for it, we recommend growing these stunning, clustered flowers.
Hydrangeas are quite reliable and are known for producing stunning garden displays each summer. They come in a variety of shades such as white, pink, blue and many others. Their large leaves and colourful heads will attract people to your garden when these beauties are in all of their glory.
Unlike these other best flowers for drying, hydrangeas should be cut for drying and arrangements when they are mature. Simply stand the hydrangeas upright in an empty vase to dry them out. For more natural colors, cut these fresh flowers and dry them in silica gel. Our blog on how to dry flowers will give you the steps on preserving flowers with silica gel.
The famous lavender is so versatile and can be used in cooking, floral arrangements, bath salts, draw inserts, wedding confetti, soap, tea, oil and so much more. The gorgeous foliage has a scent that is known as one of the most recognised scents in the world. Lavender is a small shrub with either sort or longer stems, dependant on the variety. The flowers can be a beautiful shade of purple but can also be pink, white or green.
We recommended cutting lavender stems in the morning after the dew has subsided. Simply bunch the stems together and hand them upside down in an airy and dark room or space. If you'll be using the lavender in crafts or as confetti, gently remove the stems and let the flower buds dry out on a flat surface. Lavender is one of the best flowers to dry as it tends to maintain its colour and soothing scent. Lavender makes for great dried arrangements, additions to infused oils or into drawer sachets.
Eucalyptus or (genus Eucalyptus), has over 660 species and is part of the myrtle, native to Australia & Tasmania. Eucalyptus is known for its rapid growth with many species soaring to great heights. The giant gum tree or mountain ash is one of the largest of its species, sitting around 90 metres tall, with a circumference of 7.5 metres.
In Australia the eucalypti are commonly known as gum trees. Whilst eucalyptus may not strictly be a flower, this foliage is easy to dry and looks amazing in a dried flower arrangement. The eucalyptus tends to hold its luscious green colour and shape whilst drying, it even maintains its fresh scent too. You can either dry it upright in a vase or hang it upside to dry in a cool, dry room.
The stunning protea is native to South Africa and belongs to the Proteacaea family which is also home to Australia's native Banksias and Waratahs. With over 1,600 species, it is one of the major plants group found in the southern hemisphere.
Proteas make for gorgeous dried flowers. We recommend cutting the stems as long as possible. Although these don't necessarily need to be hung upside down to dry, it doesn't hurt to do so. Ensure that each protea is hung individually and has enough room to dry out without being overcrowded by other flowers. Hang these beauties upside down in a cool and dark room, ensuring they have enough airflow to dry out and possibly maintain that gorgeous colour.
Have fun with arranging your very own dried flower arrangement - or simply let us take the work off your hands by purchasing one of our bouquets. To prolong the beauty. of these dried florals, ensure they are kept away from direct sunlight, wind and humidity. Once the flowers have been dried, be careful when you handle them as they can be quite delicate.