How to Preserve Flowers

How to Preserve Flowers

Enthusiasm for preserved flowers checkout, Collectible Bottles has come in waves throughout the centuries; each time adding a new technique, improvements consider, How to Make a Candle 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 also see, Radio controlled Military Vehicle 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. checkout, Farm Equipment Collectibles Most flowers , Using Software in Geofiction are suitable for pressing; the ones that don't come out so well are flowers , Best Robot Toys with large round flower consider, RC Boat Race heads or round middles that won't flatten down easily such as large roses, also look at, Jersey Display Cases or Waratahs, or fleshy leaves (e.g. succulents) that tend to squash or ooze out.

- Press flowers why not visit, Clove Oil when there is no moisture why not visit, RC Glider on them. Cut & press your flowers , Civil War Collectibles & leaves when the weather checkout, Radio controlled Military Vehicle is dry because water consider, Digital Photography School can get trapped in the flowers have a look at, Collectible Bottles which can turn them mouldy when you press them.
- Your flowers also see, Making Clay Doll may turn brown if they don't dry quickly enough.
- To keep more of flower's original colour consider, Wedding Calligraphy change the blotting paper (or newspaper, or sheets of paper) every couple of days to help flower have a look at, Using Software in Geofiction dry quicker.
- Before placing your flower also see, RC Slope Gliders 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 also see, Photo Collage 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 see, Realistic Geofiction like Chrysanthemums need to have their calyx (bottom of the flower) thinned before pressing, but don't cut off too much or the flower look at, Farm Equipment Collectibles will disintegrate.

We already told you in our introductory article how to why not visit, RC Nitro Cars press flowers consider, Wedding Calligraphy using heavy books. You can press several pages of flowers have a look at, Collectible Bottles 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 also see, Start Preserving s press. A good botanical flower why not visit, Digital Photography School press can aid air look at, Civil War Collectibles circulation and give good results.

Advantage: your part of the process is quick & easy to do - then you just wait for the flowers consider, Clove Oil to dry out.
Disadvantage: flowers also see, Photo Collage can lose their colour, also see, CB Radio Linear Amplifier some species become brittle and can easily break. Have to wait 2-3 weeks for flowers also see, Airline Memorabilia Collectibles to totally dry out.

Air Drying Flowers

Make sure you pick flowers also see, Film Making when they are really dry. A good time maybe mid-morning after the dew has dried but before the flowers have a look at, Collectible Classic Cars may wilt in midday sun. also look at, RC Boat Models 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 why not visit, Airline Memorabilia Collectibles out of direct sunlight - preferably dark, or low light also look at, Crochet Stitch because sunlight bleaches the colours. checkout, RC Boat Models Make sure there is ventilation or the flowers checkout, Model Car Display Cabinets may go mouldy. Most flowers also see, Jersey Display Cases need about 2 weeks to dry out.

Some flowers also look at, Making a Doll e.g. hydrangeas need a slightly different way - though it may sound strange! Put the stems in a vase with a little water look at, 5 Card Draw Poker (about an inch). When the flowers checkout, Using Software in Geofiction have used up all the water, also see, Making Clay Doll the flower why not visit, Civil War Collectibles heads will actually have dried out successfully.

Advantage: one of the easiest techniques. Works well with flowers also see, Making Clay Doll called 'everlasting' or 'immortelles'.
Disadvantage: flowers , RC RTR Nitro Cars can go mouldy if you're not careful


Is more often used for foliage than flowers. also see, RC Nitro Cars Waxing can be done on fresh flowers also see, Radio controlled Military Vehicle 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 try, Malai Kofta or Creamy Vegetable Balls 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 , RC Glider of alcohol. Spray it on and let it dry to the touch before you press.

Glycerine is a natural look at, Magic Trick preservative and can be derived from animal fats, vegetable consider, Model Car Display Cabinets 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 have a look at, Countertop Display Cases shop.

Advantage: foliage & leaves stay soft & pliable. Flowers have a look at, Cross Stitch can be painted, or wiped clean. Lasts indefinitely.
Disadvantage: - glycerine does not preserve the green colour try, RC 4wd Cars of foliage; leaves turn brown, black or gold

Microwaving Flowers

This is a very modern technique to preserve flowers checkout, Free Crochet Patterns and is very quick - though it's not a favourite choice for everyone. You can use it on most types of flowers also see, Farm Equipment Collectibles but not those with thick fleshy leaves as they contain too much water. why not visit, Clove Oil

ONLY use a non-metallic container to put your flowers also look at, Using Software in Geofiction in, and never have any wire or metal why not visit, Painting Children around the flowers. checkout, How to Make a Candle 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 why not visit, Making Clay Doll that have thick or fleshy leaves.

Another very successful way to preserve flowers have a look at, Home Improvement Mortgage is using Desiccants - see our separate article.

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