Fresh flowers fade quickly, but dried flowers make a decorative feature that lasts much longer. Whether you want to preserve a certain meaningful bouquet or you just want to have a go at creating a gorgeous, long-lasting centrepiece, drying and preserving flowers is a fun, productive weekend activity. Here we’ve got everything you need to know when it comes to how to preserve flowers, with three different techniques to try.
Method 1: Pressing flowers
If you’re wondering how to preserve dried flowers this is a great way to get started. You can buy a specialist flower press and follow the instructions it suggest – or, just use the biggest, heaviest book you can find. Try it with single flowers and then combine the results to decorate stationery, letters and other materials.
- Open your book in the middle and place pieces of baking paper on both pages
- Lay the flowers on the baking paper, making sure they don’t overlap
- Close the book, then place another heavy book or a weight on top
- Leave it for around 10 days
- The flowers will dry out and be pressed flat, making them ideal for craft projects
Method 2: Hanging flowers – ideal for preserving wedding flowers
If you’re wondering how to preserve wedding bouquet, this is a great approach as it keeps the whole bunch of flowers together:
- Keep the flowers in a bunch
- Hang upside down
- Ensure they are out of direct sunlight
- Make sure the area is well ventilated
- Wait 2-3 weeks and voila, beautifully dried flowers
Method 3: Microwaving flowers
Microwaving is the best way to preserve flowers if you don’t have much time. This technique can be done in just a few minutes so saves you waiting around.
- Place the flowers in a microwaveable bowl one at a time
- Cover with four cups of cat litter
- Microwave on high for 3 minutes each, checking regularly
- Let the cat litter cool
- Remove the flowers and brush gently to get rid of any remaining litter
Now you know how to preserve a rose, daisy or any other kind of flower, nothing is stopping you! Choose one of these methods you’ll have a beautiful memento that you can keep for the long term.
- Choose the flowers you want to dry out
- Decide on one of the methods above
- Follow our guide to hanging, pressing or microwaving
- Enjoy your beautiful dried flowers