You have just received a gorgeous bouquet from a special someone. Its been almost a week now and you can see the petals yellowing. You are sad because you wish it could last forever but alas, fresh flowers have a short life span.
Now, what if we tell you that your beloved bouquet can be kept forever?
Dried flowers are widely popular amongst flower enthusiasts as they make a distinctive indoor decoration, are long-lasting and require minimal care and are inexpensive. They make the perfect accent to wreaths or other decorating projects and are relatively easy to achieve.
This fun read will cover simple how-tos, so read on and you’ll be on your way to making your (almost dying) bouquet everlasting!
Most of the time, many of us confuse dried and preserved flowers for each other. They are actually distinctly different visually and gives the room varying vibes. Different techniques are used to achieve the two flower types as well.
Dried flowers are left to dry by dehydrating naturally. They are hang facing downwards or flat (for flower heads), or pressing them to help with the process. Once completely dry, they can undergo a colouration and setting treatment to help regain some of its original appearances back. Afterwards, dried flowers can be used for many types of floral decoration, generally those with rustic themes to boot.
To note: Dried plants are fragile by nature. Their branches and stems break easily and petals may fall off or break. Do make sure to handle them with care!
Meanwhile, preservation is also a form of drying, although much more sophisticated. The end result is a vast difference from dried flowers. The preservation technique actually allows flowers to maintain its original appearance and feel like freshly-cut flowers to touch!
Fresh flowers are picked when they are most beautiful and radiant. Afterwards, they undergo a rehydration process by being placed in a mixture made from glycerine and other plant elements. This liquid gradually rises through the trunk until it completely substitutes the sap.
After a few days, the process is complete and the plant is ready to be used to your liking.
The preservative allows you to keep your preserved flower for moths to even years! With minimal care, we can now all enjoy our favourite preserved flowers for a long time.
Follow these 4 fuss-free steps to achieve your very own air-dried flowers.
What you’ll need:
Stick or hanger
Step 1: Prepare flowers by removing leaves.
Start by removing any extra foliage from the flower stems. It is fine to still have some leaves on the stem if you would like to go for the greener look.
Step 2: Group flowers and tie them together.
Arrange your stalks as desired and tie a string around the base. If the stems are too long for your liking, do cut them to your desired length.
Step 3: Attach the flowers to a stick.
Tie the other end of your string to a stick. Some alternatives to sticks include hangers, driftwood, copper poles or a hook. Regardless of what you choose, make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold flowers for a long period of time.
Tip: If you have none of the above, window panes makes for a good alternative!
Step 4: Hang the flowers to dry.
Pick a location that is out of the way to hang your upside-down bouquet so that the delicate flowers won’t be damaged. They should also be hung in a dark room with as minimal light possible. Any direct light will cause the colours to fade - unless a pale look is what you are going for.
Step 5: Leave for three to four weeks and it is now good for display!
Hang the flowers and your job is done! In three to four weeks they should be completely dry. To keep pristine, spray with unscented hairspray. If you decide to display them as decor, be sure to keep the dried flower wall art in a location that doesn’t get direct light.
Dried flower arrangements are a wonderful addition to today´s home decor. They are so versatile, they can be used in bouquets, pressed flower pictures, potpourri, wreaths, botanical frames, wall decor, window ornaments and more! They are absolutely easy to achieve and gives our homes a gentle beauty and elegance.