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DIY Gorgeous Dried Flowers

Whenever I receive flowers (or buy them for myself because — why not?) I always wish they’d last longer, especially if they hold sentimental value. Of course the only option for forever flowers is to dry them, but I never seem to get it right. Often they start to stink or fall apart; I have yet to dry a perfect batch.

It wasn’t until I found this simple trick that I was able to simplify the process. And wouldn’t you know, the solution was right under my nose all along! All you’ll need is a sizable amount of silica gel. You know, those tiny white baggies that come in the box with your new shoes and most other items? They say, “Silica Gel: Do not eat. Throw away.” Those are silica gel!

Their purpose is to suck the moisture from the air keeping those new products dry and fresh. (Light bulb moment, right?!) You can either start collecting these little guys or buy them in bulk — but please remember to keep them out of reach from pets and small children.

4 Steps To Perfectly-Dried Flowers

You’ll need:

Silica Gel
• A jar, bowl or container that has a tightly-fitting lid.
• Flowers!

1. Trim
Trim the stem from your flowers and arrange them upright in your container. Use the smallest container necessary for the amount of flowers you’re drying. Keep in mind, the larger the jar, the more silica gel you’ll need to fill it.

2. Open
Open the packets of silica beads so they’re free from their packets and pour the gel beads over the flowers. Make sure the flowers are staying upright as the beads fill up completely around them until covered.

3. Secure
Secure this with a tightly-fitting lid.

4. Wait
For wildflowers it might only take 4-5 days, and for thicker flowers like roses, it could be about 10 days.

When you think they’re ready to go, slowly and carefully pour the mixture into a bowl. If the flower is flexible or moist at all, repeat the previous steps for a few more days. If it’s crispy and delicate — you’ve done it!

What will you do with your dried flowers?

Stay tuned for bundles of beautiful DIY dried-flower projects coming up in the spring!

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Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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  • Agustina Castro

    This is seriously amazing! Never thought something like silica gel could help flowers last long! Thank you Jules ? Definitely going to try this!

  • Hannah Slack

    Sounds amazing! Any pictures to show the stages in more detail?

  • Julia Keane

    Genius I just realized that ur not going to be a judge on DWTS I’m devastated ?❤️?❤️

  • You can do this with the petals as well. I am in a long distance relationship, so every time my boyfriend sends me roses I let them bloom and then carefully take the petals off each rose, lay them out on a paper towel, cover them with another paper towel, and let them dry. I put them in the vase my first batch of roses arrived in. It is a beautiful keepsake and they mean so much to me so I want to keep them forever. This is a beautiful way to do so. When I move back home with him, I plan on purchasing a heart shaped shadow box to place them all in and mount to a wall in our home. Love lasts forever.

  • Agustina Castro

    Good morning Jules! How are you?? Hope you’re doing fine!
    Today I thought of sharing with you something I’ve been thinking about for days. It’s kind of a challenge for all of us to read and maybe do it! If I could give it a title it would probably be: Eye Contact Challenge! Why? Well, here is the explanation! ? If you like it I hope you share it on your blog!
    Eye Contact Challenge:
    Do we ever just say something and don’t even think about it? It’s like, we say that because we feel we have to and not because we want to? It happens all the time, wherever and whoever we are with. Take for example the words ‘Thank you’ and ‘You are welcome’. How many times do we say that in a day? A lot! But more interesting, how many times do we really mean it? Of course It depends on the person and the moment. We are usually busy and running out of time to appreciate those little things that for me, at least, mean a lot! That’s why, I’ve been doing something about it.
    When someone is holding a door for me, I thank them and try to do it again for other person.
    When I’m in a shop or in a restaurant I always start the conversation politely with something like Good morning, How are you? And end it like Thank you Have a good day!
    Also when I’m at school (or work for some of you) or even with my family or friends this little acts help a lot in the everyday relationship!
    I know this is not new but sometimes we forget that the other person might not be having a good day or simply he or she expects you to be kind as well!

    You now may be wondering what this has to do with eye contact… Let me tell you that looking at the other person face when talking is essential for me. Imagine talking with someone who doesn’t look at you! It would be like talking to a brick wall! Not very nice, I guess! Even though you are having a small conversation with someone who you do not know, making eye contact gives the chat a whole new perspective! You want a bonus? Then, SMILE ? I promise you that showing off your smile makes everything better!
    Those little sweet acts do matter in this world and taking care of each other in this ways is very important! We should never forget that the world without kindness wouldn’t be the place we often call Home!

    I ask you to think about this challenge and maybe do it these days! I dare you to truly feel the words that easily come out of your mouth, I dare you to make eye contact with somebody you know or not! I dare you to help me spread kindness all around the world! Tell your friends about this and even better, tell me if you have another challenges like this you would like to share!
    What do you say? Are you in?

    Okay Jules, that’s the challenge I came up with! As your fan I know that you enjoy reading and doing things like this! I also know that you read your comments on your blog so I thought, why not sharing my thoughts with one of the most amazing and important persons in my life? I truly hope you liked it and if you want to share this on your blog I would be extremely happy! Thank you Jules for everything you do ?
    Make it a great day!
    Lots of love, Agustina ❤️

  • From Girl C

    I never would of though of drying old flowers. They are such a great way to keep old memories and decorate your house. I will have to try out this DIY. 🙂

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