There are a few different ways to dry flowers. You can submerge them in silica, sand, cook them in the oven (I need to try this!) or you can simply let them dry naturally. I prefer the natural method – just hang and dry. Although to prevent rot and mold there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind:
You’ll Need Sturdy Flowers
Tiny and frail flowers simply won’t stand up to the process. They’re dying! They’ll need to be fresh with strong stems.
Hanging the bouquet upside down is a favourite because they wilt as they dry. Unless you’re hoping for a wilted bouquet to sit in your skeleton brides hands, of course.
Arrange them into bouquets before you dry them and they’ll fit more comfortably together.
Keep ’em Dry
Be wary of tutorials that tell you to leave your flowers in water. I did this with my first bouqet and well, the water held bacteria that eventually grew mold. I didn’t want anything to do with those flowers anymore.
It’s essential to keep your flowers dry. That was the reason my flowers started to grow mold. Even when hanging your flowers make sure they’re in a breezy area in order to prevent mold and rot.
One mistake a made when drying the flowers above was that I didn’t prune off all of the unnecessary limbs. These limbs can bite you in the future because they often take longer to dry than the delicate flowers.
Watch Them Change!
When you dry flowers they darker and deepen in colour. If you’re a dye hard Goth or bright colours simply aren’t your thing, dried flowers in Halloween colours may be perfect for you. Those bright orange flowers will turn pale, washed or and velvety! Perfect for a neo-Victorian home. The key to getting colours you love is to experiment.
2-4 Weeks Later
2-4 weeks later your flowers should shrink, change to a darker colour and essentially die. It’s much easier than these rules suggest. I say try it for yourself, make your own mistakes (cup full of mold, anyone?) and find your own method.
Different methods create different results, so don’t forget to let me know if you try this!