How to Dry Flowers

I've never met someone who doesn't like flowers! What if I told you there was a way you could have flowers that look amazing but lasted longer than a week like fresh flowers do? Today, we are here to give you some great tips on how to dry flowers, or you can simply visit our range of flower arrangements if you don’t have the patience or time.

How to Dry Flowers

To dry flowers, first select a fresh bunch of flowers or stems. Then, strip the stems of any excess leaves and bunch each kind of flower together with a rubber band or string. Finally, tie upside down and hang in a dark & dry room. Leave to dry for 2-3 weeks.

If you have been scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest lately, you may have noticed that preserved and dried flowers are definitely a big trend, and we don’t see it stopping anytime soon. They are the perfect gift for a friend, colleague, someone in isolation or for your own home. We love drying our own flowers but for those that we can't source and dry ourselves, we have some great local suppliers.

There are many benefits of dried flowers as opposed to fresh. They are economical as an arrangement can cost between $50 to $150 + AUD but they will last you for years. You can invest in a large arrangement and your money won’t be wasted as they are made to last, as opposed to buying expensive fresh flowers that end up withering and dying after a week or two at the most. 

Dried flowers are the new interior decor trend. They come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes - with an arrangement or dried flower bouquet to suit everyone. They are becoming incredibly popular in homes, stores and at events. Drying flowers is easy, finding the right flowers to dry can be hard. 

How to Air Dry Flowers

Things you’ll need:

  • Flowers
  • Scissors, ideally florist scissors 
  • String or Rubber Band
  • Stick or a Hanger

Hanging Dried Flowers

  1. Carefully remove any excess foliage from the flower stems. If you like the look of some of the greenery, leave this as they will dry as well. Cut the stems to your desired length. 
  2. Tie the flower stems together with a string or rubber band. Then, find a dark and dry room or closet that has good circulation. Secure the stems upside down to a hanger and leave the flowers to dry for 2 weeks or so. 
  3. Once dried (yes you can occasionally check on them), remove the flowers from the hanger and lightly spray with hairspray to protect the delicate flowers.
  4. Put the flowers together in a vase or bouquet and place in your home or give to someone as a gift.  

How to Dry Flowers in the Microwave

What you’ll need:

  • Flowers
  • Silica gel
  • Microwave-safe container
  • A cup of water

  1. Find a container that is microwave safe that is big enough to fit your selected flowers in. Ensure this is a container specifically for drying flowers as you will not want to use it for food afterwards.
  2. Pour 1-2 inches of silica gel into the container, if your flowers are quite big, add some more silica. Carefully place the flowers in the silica gel with the flower head facing up. Pour more gel over the petals so the flowers are completely covered. Do this carefully as you want to ensure you don’t squish the flowers. 
  3. Place the flower container in the microwave with a cup of water. Heat in your microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Keep checking until the flowers appear to be dried. All flowers and microwaves vary but it should only take a few minutes all up.
  4. Once the flower’s petals appear dry, place back under the silica gel sand and leave for 24 hours to dry out completely. 
  5. Carefully take the flowers out of the sand and lightly brush off any remaining silica gel. Spray with hairspray to help them last. Place your flowers on display in your home or use in a craft project.

 How to dry flowers with Silica Gel

If you have more time on your hands and are looking for a crafty project. You can dry flowers using silica gel without having to use a microwave. This will ensure that the flowers are well preserved and they retain their bold colours. If you are unsure where to buy silica gel, there are various websites that sell it or you can visit your local craft store. 

You will need a large container if you are drying multiple blooms with longer stems. Simply place the flowers in the container, cover them with silica gel sand and leave them covered to dry for a few days. 

Lighter flowers like daisies, ferns, lilacs, etc, will take around 2-3 days to dry using this method. Baby's breath, hydrangeas, carnations, etc will take around 3-4 days. Flowers such as roses, calendula, scabiosa, etc take between 4 to 5 days to dry.

This is our favourite way to dry and preserve flowers as they hold their colour and sometimes can be mistaken for fresh flowers.

How to Care for your Dried Flowers

So you've just dried your own flowers! But now you're wondering - how do I care for dried flowers?

  1. Keep your dried flowers out of direct sunlight 
  2. Keep away from direct heating or air-conditioning
  3. Lightly dust dried flowers once needed with a feather duster
  4. If your flowers look a little sad, send us a message and we may be able to replace some with fresher preserved or dried blooms.

We would love to see your very own flowers! Tag us on Instagram so we can see your dried or preserved blooms.