As the colder season is upon us, our home decor will change as well. We transition from bright and colorful summer accessories to more subdued jewel-tones. Transforming your home into a cozy fall escape will help you embrace the season.
An easy way to transition from summer to fall is by drying your favorite summer flowers. Preserving these blooms allows you to enjoy them all year long. To help you get started, FTD will show you 4 ways to dry flowers and inspiration on how to decorate your home with them in 7 different ways. With so many great ideas, you’re bound to find a suitable one for you!
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How to Dry Flowers
Below are detailed step-by-step instructions to show you how to preserve all kinds of flowers. Whether you want to know how to dry a rose, carnation, or anything in between, these easy-to-follow-instructions for DIY dried flowers will be simple and quicker than you might imagine.
Method 1: How to Air Dry Flowers
- Stick or hanger
Step 1: Prepare the flowers by removing any leaves. Feel free to leave some on the stem if you enjoy the look of greenery.
Step 2: Group the flowers in a bunch and tie them together.
Step 3: Attach the flowers to a stick, piece of driftwood or hanger.
Step 4: Hang the flowers in a dark place to dry. Direct light will cause the colors to fade.
Step 5: Leave hanging for three or four week and then display!
Method 2: How to Dry Flowers in the Microwave
- Silica sand
- Microwave-safe container
- Cup of water
Step 1: Remove the leaves and place flower in the container on top of some silica sand.
Step 2: Cover flower completely with silica sand.
Step 3: Place bowl and cup of water in the microwave. Microwave the bowl in 30 second intervals. Check periodically to see if flower is dry.
Step 4: Once flower looks dry, leave it covered in sand in the container for 24 hours.
Step 5: Remove from sand and display!
How to Dry Flowers in Silica Sand
Another option is drying your flowers in silica sand without using the microwave. This will take longer but you can use a larger container that doesn’t need to fit in the microwave, so you can dry more at once.
- Silica sand
Step 1: Place flowers in container and cover with silica sand.
Step 2: Leave for 2 to 7 days, depending on the density of the flower. For more details on timing, check out the flower drying chart in the original post.
Step 1: Prepare your flowers by removing unwanted leaves.
Step 2: Unscrew wingnuts from the bolts on the flower press. Take the top off.
Step 3: Line the two sides of the press with parchment paper.
Step 4: Place the flower on the parchment paper and replace the top of the flower press.
Step 5: Let it sit for three to four weeks. Once dry, remove and use for decor!
For more information on this method, check out how to press flowers and learn how to make a botanical print for your home!
What to do with dried flowers?
Now that you have your preserved flowers, let’s look at some dried flower arrangement ideas to help spruce your home with newly made dried flowers decor. From elegant bouquets to DIY wall art, there is sure to be a dried flower idea that fits your style.
Fill your favorite decorative vase with dried flowers and place in your entryway for a display that will withstand the test of time.
Did your leaves or petals fall apart or become discolored when you dried them? Spray paint them gold for an elegant look.
Repurpose your dried flowers into a beautiful wreath. Glue a base of greenery to the hoop and then add on colorful blooms.
Visiting a friend? Bring them a bouquet of dried flowers. They’ll be impressed with the sentiment and eager to display them in their home.
Cover a plain white wall in your office or bedroom with colorful dried flowers by attaching individual leaves and blooms to the wall with washi tape.
Fill antique jars with dried flowers and hang them for a rustic farmhouse look. This floating décor is a unique addition to any entryway.
Now that you know exactly how to dry flowers and preserve them for stylish home decor with these dried flower arrangement ideas, you can give your abode some natural flair.