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