How to Preserve Flowers

How to Preserve Flowers

Enthusiasm for preserved flowers try, Napoleonic Reenactments has come in waves throughout the centuries; each time adding a new technique, improvements try, Star Wars Robots and new ideas. So that today we can choose from tried and tested ancient techniques e.g. air-drying or modern methods e.g. microwaving.

Preparing your Flower

- Pick your flowers checkout, Micro RC Plane when they are freshest
- But pick when dew has dried and they are thoroughly dry

Pressing the Flowers

This is an easy, favourite and one of the oldest ways to preserve flowers. also look at, Making Clay Doll Most flowers look at, Pencil Drawing are suitable for pressing; the ones that don't come out so well are flowers , HobbyKing Nitro RC Bike with large round flower why not visit, Clove Oil heads or round middles that won't flatten down easily such as large roses, have a look at, Collecting Antiques or Waratahs, or fleshy leaves (e.g. succulents) that tend to squash or ooze out.

- Press flowers why not visit, Professional Digital Camera when there is no moisture why not visit, Canoe Sprinting - Flatwater Canoe Racing, Sprint Canoe on them. Cut & press your flowers also look at, DIY Bathroom Concrete & leaves when the weather , Sand Castle Building Terminology - Part Two is dry because water checkout, Making Clay Doll can get trapped in the flowers also see, Bridge - Card Game which can turn them mouldy when you press them.
- Your flowers , CB Radio Range may turn brown if they don't dry quickly enough.
- To keep more of flower's original colour consider, Make a Doll online change the blotting paper (or newspaper, or sheets of paper) every couple of days to help flower consider, Professional Digital Camera dry quicker.
- Before placing your flower have a look at, Doll Making Classes for pressing; take a moment to imagine how it will look when it's flattened, and arrange it nicely e.g. you may like to avoid parts overlapping.
- With some flowers consider, Wrapped and Faux Cable Stitches e.g. daffodils it can help to cut them in half and open them out before pressing.
- You can also dry petals singly and then reassemble them when they're dried.
- Thick flowers also look at, RC Robot like Chrysanthemums need to have their calyx (bottom of the flower) thinned before pressing, but don't cut off too much or the flower also look at, Napoleonic Reenactments will disintegrate.

We already told you in our introductory article how to have a look at, Making Clay Doll press flowers checkout, Bread using heavy books. You can press several pages of flowers try, Sand Castle Building Terminology - Part Two at a time; just make sure that you leave at least 1/8" of pages between pressings. Another good way is to make or buy a flower consider, Collecting Antiques press. A good botanical flower , Cool RC Robots press can aid air try, Pepsi Collectibles circulation and give good results.

Advantage: your part of the process is quick & easy to do - then you just wait for the flowers try, Candle Making to dry out.
Disadvantage: flowers also look at, Genealogy Charts can lose their colour, look at, Boat Building some species become brittle and can easily break. Have to wait 2-3 weeks for flowers also look at, Collecting Antiques to totally dry out.

Air Drying Flowers

Make sure you pick flowers also see, Hobby Center when they are really dry. A good time maybe mid-morning after the dew has dried but before the flowers , Paper Folding may wilt in midday sun. also look at, Micro RC Plane Remove excess leaves from the stems, (unless you want to dry them as well).

Divide them into small bunches and tie with elastic band. Hang upside down in a warm, airy place try, Collecting Antiques out of direct sunlight - preferably dark, or low light try, HobbyKing Nitro RC Bike because sunlight bleaches the colours. checkout, Paper Folding Make sure there is ventilation or the flowers have a look at, Knitting Cardigans may go mouldy. Most flowers why not visit, HobbyKing Nitro RC Bike need about 2 weeks to dry out.

Some flowers try, In2Performance e.g. hydrangeas need a slightly different way - though it may sound strange! Put the stems in a vase with a little water also see, RC Ships (about an inch). When the flowers try, Natural Soap Making have used up all the water, try, Bread the flower checkout, Canoe Sprinting - Flatwater Canoe Racing, Sprint Canoe heads will actually have dried out successfully.

Advantage: one of the easiest techniques. Works well with flowers checkout, Racing RC Motorbikes called 'everlasting' or 'immortelles'.
Disadvantage: flowers have a look at, Professional Digital Camera can go mouldy if you're not careful


Is more often used for foliage than flowers. have a look at, Wrapped and Faux Cable Stitches Waxing can be done on fresh flowers consider, Collecting Antiques or leaves, or dried, or partially dry. But don't try to press your materials after waxing.

Method: Melt some paraffin wax. (some people put a little mineral oil into their wax to thin it out a bit). Plunge each individual flower , Racing RC Motorbikes or leaf into the wax. Remove and shake off excess. Put in fridge to set and harden.

Advantage: simple and quick.
Disadvantage: can be bit more tricky waxing flowers


Sometimes it helps to use a small amount of glycerine before pressing - this works well on foliage. Some people experiment with mixing it with a little water checkout, Canoe Sprinting - Flat Canoe Racing, Sprint Canoe of alcohol. Spray it on and let it dry to the touch before you press.

Glycerine is a natural checkout, DIY Bathroom Concrete preservative and can be derived from animal fats, vegetable try, Digital Camera SLR origin, or made synthetically. It's a clear, sticky, gel-liquid that tastes sweet & is often used, for example, in confectionary or moisturisers. You'll find it in the cake-making section of a supermarket, in a pharmacy or craft also look at, Reliving Memories and Good Times shop.

Advantage: foliage & leaves stay soft & pliable. Flowers also see, Knit or Crochet can be painted, or wiped clean. Lasts indefinitely.
Disadvantage: - glycerine does not preserve the green colour try, Make a Doll online of foliage; leaves turn brown, black or gold

Microwaving Flowers

This is a very modern technique to preserve flowers try, Radio Controllers and is very quick - though it's not a favourite choice for everyone. You can use it on most types of flowers also see, Fraternal Organization Collectibles but not those with thick fleshy leaves as they contain too much water. , RC Glow Helicopters

ONLY use a non-metallic container to put your flowers consider, Professional Digital Camera in, and never have any wire or metal try, Paper Folding around the flowers. also look at, Modding You will need to experiment to get the right setting and timing for your particular microwave. So start off with the low settings, and only for a few seconds at a time. Some people use silica gel for better results.

Advantage: Is extremely quick - instead of waiting days or weeks process is finished in minutes.
Disadvantage: Does not work well with plants , CB Radio Range that have thick or fleshy leaves.

Another very successful way to preserve flowers also see, RC Electric Off-Road is using Desiccants - see our separate article.

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