Dried flowers delight with classic elegance. If you like a rustic or vintage style, they will certainly suit your taste. Instead of preparing a bouquet of fresh flowers, which will wilt after a few days, change it for a beautiful composition of dried flowers. Check how to prepare it!
How to dry flowers in a microwave oven?
Dry your flowersin minutes instead of weeks by using a microwave oven. It is a safe solution which saves a lot of time. It will appeal to both beginners and experienced florists. Prepare the flowers you want to dry, a few ceramic plates, some coffee filters and a heavy book
First, place a ceramic plate in front of you. Cover it with a coffee filter. Put a flower on top and cover it with a second filter. Then place the second plate and put everything in the microwave. Continue this process until you are satisfied with the results.
How do I choose the right flowers?
Although most flowers can be dried, some species are better suited for this than others. Flowers with long, straight stems are perfect for this. You will find them much easier to dry and tie. Flowers with a low moisture content make the whole process easier. So you can opt for hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, roses or sunflowers. If you want to dry other flowers, such as peonies or carnations, remember that they contain a lot of moisture. So you have to be more careful with them. You can also use ferns, buttercups, pansies, heather, asters, foxglove, daisies, azaleas, marigolds and foxgloves for dry bouquets. Also think gardenia, orchid, hyacinth, velvet and wormwood.
Remove leaves and thorns
Florists who specialize in rustic bouquets recommend removing excess leaves and greenery from flowers. Trim all leaves and thorns as short as possible. Try not to touch the petals in the process. Gently trim all stems to about the same length before you start composing the bouquet.
It has unique blue stems and flowers. Cut the stems after the morning dew has evaporated, just before the buds fully open. They usually continue to open after pruning. Tie the stems together and dry them in a dark, dry place. Remember to hang them upside down. If you want to keep the original color of the holly, you can dry it in a hot car. Otherwise, the blue will turn grayish over time.
Feathered celosia will work well for dried bouquets. It dazzles with feathers and bright colors inspired by the sunset. Most often you will find red, orange and yellow varieties. Occasionally you may also stumble upon cream, purple and pink flowers. Harvest celosia when it has almost developed buds. Hang it upside down in a cool, dark place. It usually needs to dry for a month.
Immortals (garden cresses, dryads)
Pick the flowers before the buds open. This way you can be sure that there is enough moisture in them. The stems should be 30-40 cm long. Remember to remove the leaves. Hang the flowers upside down in a dry, dark place that provides good air circulation. They will be dry after 2-3 weeks
If you have a romantic, dreamy nature, reach for roses. Remember to use them before they fully open. Then hang them upside down to dry. For pressed or flattened flowers, take a heavy book (such as an encyclopedia).Place the flowers inside and line the adjacent pages with parchment or waxed paper. Arrange the petals so that they lie covered by the paper. Close the book and leave the roses for 7 days. If you want to preserve the entire bouquet, use silica gel.
The magic of said gel is that you can use it again and again to preserve flowers. It often absorbs all the moisture from them. You can store them in airtight containers. Cover the whole flowers with silica and let it sit for a few hours. Once the petals seem dry, bury them again for 24 hours. Take them out and remove any gel grains. Spray with unscented hairspray to keep them looking pristine. Try not to expose the bouquet to sunlight, or it may fade.