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Step 1: Choose the right kind of fresh flowers
When it comes to drying flowers, not all blooms are created equal. Some flowers are easier to dry than others and will maintain their beauty for a longer period of time. The best flowers for drying commonly found in Australia include:
Step 2: Harvest your flowers
Pick your flowers early in the day when they are fully hydrated. Make sure to cut the stems at an angle to allow them to absorb as much water as possible.
Step 3: Prepare the drying process
There are two popular methods for drying flowers: air-drying and using silica gel.
Air-drying flowers: Simply tie the stems together and hang them upside down in a warm, dry dark place with good air circulation, such as an attic or spare room. Avoid direct sunlight, as this can cause the flowers to fade.
Dry flowers with Silica Gel: This method requires a little more effort, but it dries flowers faster and preserves their colour more effectively. Mix silica gel with equal parts of cornmeal and place the mixture in a shallow container. Dip the flowers in the mixture and then place them in an airtight container. Leave them for a couple of days to a week, until the flowers are completely dry.
Microwave: This is the fastest method for drying flowers, but it's important to be cautious. Place a paper towel on the bottom of a microwave-safe plate and arrange the flowers on top. Cover the plate with another paper towel and microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time, checking on the flowers after each interval. Repeat until the flowers are fully dry, which may take anywhere from 1-3 minutes, depending on the flower and the power of your microwave.
Step 4: Store your preserved flowers
Once your flowers are dry, you can use them to create a variety of crafts and decorations. Store them in an airtight container or in a dry place, to keep them protected from moisture and pests.
Step 5: Displaying your dried flowers
Now that your flowers are dry, it's time to display them. Here are some ideas to get you started:
With these simple steps, you can enjoy the beauty of dried flowers in your home all year long.
Let us know on Facebook or Instagram how your flower drying skills are developing. Use the hashtags #InterfloraAU and #AlwaysInterflora. Happy drying!