DIY: Dry flowers
Perhaps you’ve seen them already on your Instagram or Pinterest feed or in interior magazines – dried flowers. We mentioned that they are back in style in a previous post (Floral trends of 2020/2021), so in this post we’ll go through how you can dry them yourself!
Can I use any flowers to dry?
Before you get started, it’s important to know which flowers can be used. Unfortunately, not all flowers are suitable, mainly because either the stems are too soft or they contain too much humidity. Examples are tulips, daffodils and amaryllises. The best flowers to use for drying are flowers with wood-like stems, such as roses, hydrangeas and sunflowers. They are robusst flowers and perfect to dry out. Other suggestions are cornflowers, eucalyptus and most grass types.
Find or create a warm, dark space to dry out your flowers. Light will fade out the colours. The warmth will speed up the drying process making it harder for fungus to grow.
Tie a bit of rope at the end of the stems and hang them upside down. Preferably hang them over a heater. It's important that you make sure to hang the flowers separately, since this also otherwise can cause fungus to grow.
Wait. The flowers have to dry out completely from its core and this sometimes takes a few days. The thicker the stem (sunflowers for example) the longer you’ll have to wait. You know the flowers are properly dried out when the stem feels a bit crunchy when you pinch it. If the stem is still flexible, then you have to wait a bit more. Patience.
Once your flowers are dried they are ready for use. Be creative with arranging your dried flowers. You can now tie them together and hang them or place them in a vase, without water obviously. Avoid placing your dried flowers in a humid room, like your bathroom. Flowers attract humidity and that’s exactly what we want to avoid with your dried bouquet.
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