How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to get the best to be found!

I build every year manyGetrochnetblumenstrauss on, one might even say I'm exaggerating it a little. In the summer I cut daily fresh flowers and fill every nook and corner beautiful flowers. To retain some of summer this beauty, I dry some of them, and over the years I have learned how flowers on countless types dried.

If you want to know what method I use the daisy in the picture have dried up, just jump down to the quartz sand method. With this method, paper-like arise, perfect dried flowersThat maintain the vitality of the tested by us flowers.



DRYING AND PRESERVATION OF FLOWERS - BEST (AND NOT SO BEST) METHODS

 

In late winter and early spring I spend a lot of time cultivating my flower. I grow begonias, dahlias, zinnias, hollyhocks, geraniums and petunias (mass) and maybe me 12 weeks a year enjoy them.

So it's nice to keep a few of them and get a little bit of summer color throughout the fall and winter.

dried flowers are also ideal for crafting, and since the purchase of dried flowers something is too expensive for my wallet, I make them myself.

To learn how to Flowers driedIs not that hard, and I bet at the end of this article you'll want to start your flowers from the summer garden hoarding, so you can make your own.



HOW TO FLOWERS WITH A DRY PRESS

How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to get the best to be found!

 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Old books or flowers Press
  • old belt
  • Flat, thin-leaf flowers
  • Watercolor paper - unbleached
  • Flower press (optional)



WHAT KIND OF FLOWERS:


Flowers lying flat, retain their color and thin Petals have, are best suited for pressing.

Gladioli, borage, Cosmos, delphinium, Coreopsis, Queen Anne's Lace, Larkspur, California poppy, hibiscus, geraniums (the individual flowers that form the fluffy head), verbena, Nicotiana and pansies. Think of single-layer sheets and a flattened head.

You can the Flowers for pressing testing. Larger flowers such as roses and dahlias can be pressed, but they are bulky.


 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME FOR HARVESTING FOR DRYING?


Pick your flower for pressing when the early morning dew from the Petals is dried. The flowers should be fresh, but completely dry. Pick your flower in a humid or rainy day.




BOOK METHOD FOR DRYING FLOWERS

 

How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to get the best to be found!

 

The pressing of flowers in old books is still a useful way to preserve flowers. It seems to be old-fashioned, but that's a part of the charm. I can remember how my grandmother flowed flowers in books, which we often recovered years later.

It is best to use a big book, e.g. B. a phone book (if you find one), and bind either a belt or belt to press the flowers, or put some hand-strength up on it to exert pressure. You can also use old belts or straps that wrap around the book to fix the pages.

The pressure can sometimes be drained or transferred, so it's a good idea that Flowers between leaves Place from unbleached paper before putting them in the book. Do this only if you want perfect natural dried flowers.

Another useful method is the use of a bleach-free, hard-bound watercolor book. Although you still have to put pressure on the top, this is a pretty simple way that no additional pages need to be added.

 

How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to get the best to be found!

 

That Drying flowers This way takes about 30 days. If you open your book before the end of the 30 days, there is a risk that the leaves break or tear. But after 30 days the flowers are beautifully pressed and ready for use.



Pressing method


You can buy a simple floral press or build yourself by using two pieces of wood with bolts in each corner. Stack the inside with pieces of cardboard and double bows Unbleached paper.

I do not like to use newspaper in my floral presses because sometimes can leave dyes. To avoid pressure transfers, use simple, unbleached, unprinted paper between the cardboard sheets.

Let between the single flowers A little place, do not overlap them, but they can be placed relatively close together.

The drying of flowers with a press is simple, but requires a little practice.

 

Advantages of drying flowers with a press

  • Relatively inexpensive method.
  • Does not require special ingredients.
  • Easy to make without complicated guidance.
  • Gives beautiful flat flowers.


Pressed flowers are ideal for craft projects.

  • Disadvantages while drying flowers with a press
  • It takes up to 30 days until the squeezed flowers are perfect.
  • The flowers do not always keep their full liveliness.
  • Flowers are sensitive and can break easily.

 



How to drool flowers - air drying

 

How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to get the best to be found!

 

What kind of flowers


If you Dry flowers in the air, you should avoid flowers with a high water content. They tend not to dry thoroughly and redeemely, long before they are even dried out.

Flowers such as African Marigolds, Cornflowers, Anis Hyssop, Ball Deadline, Woman Coat, Hydrangea, Ritter Spur, Lavender, Love In The Fog, Dahlias (Pompon), Poppy (Papaver species), Roses, Starflowers, Straw flowers and yarrow are good flowers with which You can start.



When is the best time for the harvest to dry?


In the morning when the dew is dried and the flowers are freshest. Pick flowers that are not fully opened because they open while drying.

 

How to drool flowers in the air


Collect your Flowers first On the stalk and attach them to a piece of cord or a rubber band. Hang it head over a well-ventilated place. Make sure that the bouquets are not too close together.
Hang the Flowers for drying To a cool, dark place. Try to protect the flowers from sunlight so you do not lose your luminous colors.
Let the flowers dry for a few weeks. You will find that the colors of the flowers change. Bright, glowing flowers change their color to brown, bright pink and matte yellow and turn into vintage bouquets. If the stems can break easily, they are finished dried.
use Dried flowers in vases Or for crafting works such as homemade wreaths or even for the design of chalkboard attachments for the holidays.

 

Advantages of the air drying of flowers

 

  • Minimal inventories required.
  • For everyone easily feasible.
  • Cheapest method.

 

Disadvantages of air drying of flowers

 

  • Very brittle petals.
  • The flowers lose a lot of their color and liveliness.
  • Shrink the flowers and crumple.

This method can cause failures, and you can lose flowers. It is recommended to dry more flowers than you need, as they will inevitably lose a few flowers.


Flowers with silica gel

 

How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to get the best to be found!

 

Required materials

 

  • Silica gel
  • Dust mask
  • gloves
  • Airproof glass or plastic container
  • flower
  • Scissors or gardens shears
  • Plastic bottles to compress
  • Mod podge or hair spray to protect the flowers from moisture

Optional: Microwave
** Quartz sand / silica gel can be obtained in most craft shops.



What kind of flowers


All! If you fit in a container and you have enough silica gel, you should not have a problem to dry the biggest flowers. Think of roses, pansies, peonies, daisies, knight's spur, cloves, bachelor buttons, zinnia, sunflowers, geraniums (it worked, but I got a few stack of petals), just to name a few.

During the summer I will test my silica gel on many other flowers to see what works best.

 

 

When is the best time to harvest flowers for drying?


As in Other flowers Also, it is best to pick the flowers in the morning when the dew is dried and the flowers are freshest. If you apply the microwave method, the flowers should be fully open.

If you have the silica gel Drying your flowers Without using microwave, pick flowers standing in full bloom.

 

How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to get the best to be found!

 

 

Silica gel method for drying flowers


I always wanted to know how to drool flowers with silica gel, so I bought what to test it. I tested and tested even more and tested so much that I end up Flowers driedwhen I could ever use! It is by far the best method I've ever used. I love the results that arise.

The flowers look like very realistic paper flowers, they even feel like paper.



Do not forget to attract your air filter mask and gloves before working with your silica gel.



Cut the stems of your flowers about a centimeter from the flower head away.
Put the big ones Flower head With the front up to a container, which is at least 5 cm higher than the flower. Flat flowers thrive better when they turn them upside down. Long flowers, like knight's spur, can be placed on the side.


Pour carefully Silica gel over the flowersuntil they are covered with at least one centimeter silica gel. Place a lid on the flowers or wrap them in cling film and set them aside for 3-5 days.
You have to be very careful when removing the flowers, otherwise they have dried petals.
You can use a brush with soft bristles to remove the remaining silica gel; It just dust.

 

 

With the microwave to accelerate the drying process of flowers.


You can do yours flower Also in the microwave dry. This method is fast and preserves the liveliness of flowers in a fantastic way. Although I find that the microwave sometimes throws a bit of bubbles, but if you have little time, this is an excellent way to quickly dry flowers.

I've found that I had to cool my silica gel before I made the second batch, and for that reason, I advise to buy two glasses of gel if you plan to dry many flowers.

With two containers silica gel you can cool a batch while working on the second work.

Use a microwave-proof container and cover your flowers completely with a centimeter supernatant. Set the container for a minute into the microwave.
Allow the container to cool for 30 minutes before you dried flowers remove.

 

TO SEAL


You can do yours Flowers with hair spraySeal the mod podge or a spray paint from the spray can; Make sure that the varnish does not yellow.



Advantages of drying flowers with silica gel

 

  • Creates beautiful glowing dried flowers.
  • Keep the same look like a freshly picked flower.
  • The farest method: a minute in the microwave and flowers are dry.
  • You can recharge silica gel by putting it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Disadvantages of drying flowers with silica gel

 

  • Silica gel is initially one of the most expensive methods, but since the gel can be recharged, the costs decline with time.
  • Do not spill your silica gel, because it's tedious to clean up! (Ask me where I know that)
  • When working with silica gel, you must also wear a filter mask and gloves.

You can Dried petals But I would not use them in beauty products like bath salts. Silica should be touched with gloves, and you can not say sure if you have made the entire silica from a dried flower.

 

Drying flowers in a droplet

 

How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to get the best to be found!

 

Food drying devices are well suited for drying flowers. I did not think it was as impressive as the silica gel, but it worked.

I would not Drock flowers on bowlsI would later use for food. Some of the flowers I dried have left a scent. I'm sure this is evaporated, but after a unique wash, the scent was still to smell my tablet.

I'm not sure how much my husband will enjoy the droplet with a touch of marigold.



Required materials

 

  • Dörrgerber (I use this device and it works outstanding)
  • flower
  • Scissors or gardens shears
  • Mod podge or hair spray to protect the flowers from moisture



What kind of flowers


You can dehydrate any small or medium flower that fits in your dehydrator. Small pom-like flowers like Zinnia or marigolds are very good.

Larger flowers with delicate leaves such as geraniums or tuber youths need longer and end up to be a little too brittle.

 

How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to the best to find!

 

When is the best time for the harvest to dry?


Harvest your flowers in full bloom early morning after the dew is dried.



Dörrger-Method


Cut the stems of the flowers close to the flowers. Put the flowers up with the right side, but they must not touch them, otherwise they stick.
For medium-sized flowers like Pompon Zinnia or other cone-shaped flowers, let them dry a few hours.
For small, tender flowers, such. B. Queen Anne's Lace, let it stand for 1 hour, but check them regularly.


TO SEAL


You can seal your flowers with mod podge, hair spray or a spray can with sealing.



Advantages of the Drying of flowers With a drilling device for food
A relatively fast method, flowers can be dried in a few hours.
Easy process, no big cancel.
The perfect drying method if you want to produce potpourri or dried petals.
Disadvantages while drying flowers with a droplet for food
You need a droar machine.
Some flowers, such. B. French marigold flowers, leave a smell on the tray.
Excessive drying can lead to very brittle and sensitive flowers.
Most flowers change their color, especially the pink, violet and magenta, which after drying take a deeper, reddish color. Yellow flowers have generally kept their color well.

 

How to dry flowers - we have tested 5 different methods to get the best to be found!

 

Drying flowers with sand or kitten litter


That Drying flowers With sand or cat litter is done according to the same procedure as the Drying flowers With silica gel.

Drying with sand or cat litter takes longer and the results are very different. I have found that I have never achieved a real consistency with this method. But you can use them if necessary and still achieve good results.



Required materials

 

  • Sand or kitten litter
  • Airtight glass or plastic vessel
  • flower
  • Scissors or gardens shears
  • Mod podge or hair spray to protect the flowers from moisture



What kind of flowers


If your flowers fit into a container and they have enough sand or cat litter, they should be able to dry most flowers easily. Think of roses, pansies, peonies, daisies, knight's spur, cloves, bachelor buttons or Zinnia. For the larger, more sensitive flowers such as geraniums or peonies, it is difficult to dry them. I found the cat litter and the sand too hard to get the shape of the flowers, but Zinnia and daisies worked well.


When is the best time to harvest and dry?


As with all other methods, they collect their flowers in the morning when the dew dried is and the flowers are freshest.

The flowers should be partially open, as both the sand and the cat litter take time to dry.

 

Sand or cat litter flower drying method


Cut the stems of the flowers about a centimeter from the flower head away.

Put the big ones Flower head With the front up to a container, which is at least 5 cm higher than the flower. Flat flowers thrive better when they are turned upside down. Long flowers, like knight's spur, can be placed on the side.
Carefully pour the cat litter or sand over the flowers until they are about a centimeter. Put a lid on it or wrap the flowers in cling film and set aside for 10-21 days. (That's a gambling that you have to try.)
When removing the flowers, you have to be very careful. The sand and the cat litter are heavy and can damage the shape of the flowers or complain and tear the petals. Go slowly, do you as if you were Indiana Jones, without the fun and the excitement.
You can use a brush with soft bristles to remove the rest of the sand or the cat litter.


Advantages while drying flowers with sand or cat litter
Cost-effective method.
Disadvantages for drying flowers with sand or cat litter.
The process is longer than when using silica gel.
The flowers can easily be damaged when removing.
The flowers do not retain their liveliness.


So what method is the best to dry flowers and what techniques should be maintained?


Pressed flowers were number 1.


After testing all the above methods, I am for squeezed flowers.

I love how easy it is, and the investment was a few pieces of wood and some screws to make a DIY press.

The squeezed flowers are best for cards, pendants, stickers, scrapbooking, bathing bombs, hand-maned paper, potpourri, decorative items and wallpapers. You have read correctly: You can make your own wallpaper and decorate them with dried flowers.

Silica was # 2


My second-love method was silica gel. I intend to try many more flowers with this method in the summer months. The flowers keep their shape and color better than any other method and open the doors for all possible craft projects.

The dried silica gel flowers could be used for wreaths, scandsticks and garlands to name only a few examples. The imagination are not limited here, because these flowers look fantastic after drying and keep their shape and color largely contributed.



Air drying, cat litter and sand were a "mown"!


Air-drying flowers are well suited for bouquets and lavender. I'm not a fan of the vintage flower look, and the sepia tones of the dried flowers just did not like me.

Cat litter and sand could not reach the water to the silica gel. But if you do not want to work with silicon dioxide, the cat litter or the sand could be an option.