Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

A fun way to preserve the colors and textures of summer and bring them indoors is with dried flowers. You can dry and preserve your own garden beauties or go to a local florist and choose your favorite blooms in a variety of colors. An easy crafting idea is to highlight the flowers in frames and use as wall décor, adding interest, texture, and color to spots in your home.

Drying flowers is easier than you may think. Here are four popular ways to dry flowers. 

  1. Microwave. That’s right, microwave. This takes minutes instead of weeks. Place a single flower in a microwave safe bowl and cover it with four cups of kitty litter. Microwave on high for 2 or 3 minutes. Wait for the kitty litter to cool, and then remove the bloom. Microwave time will vary slightly according to the petal count and density of the flower selected.
  2. Air drying. This is the most traditional way to preserve a bloom. Gather together a bunch of blooms. Strip the foliage 3/4 of way up (to ensure air circulation and prevent mold formation) and secure them together with a rubber band at the bottom of the stems. Hang them upside down in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. In a few weeks, you will have amazing dried flowers.
  3. Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

    Shutterstock image courtesy of Michael Skaff.

    Silica gel. Silica gel is a granular substance you can easily find at your local craft store. Cover the blooms with the silica gel in a large container. In a few days to a week, you will uncover perfectly preserved flowers.

  4. Pressing. Take a heavy book and line the page with wax or parchment paper. Arrange flowers face down so they don’t overlap. Close the book and leave it for at least 10 days or as long as it takes for the moisture to leave the flowers. This drying method generally works best with relatively flat blooms or those with low petal count (Queen Anne’s lace, pansy or chrysanthemum daisies) as denser flower varieties don’t press well. When the blooms have a papery texture, they are ready for you create beautiful household accent pieces.

You might want to try different techniques to get the look you want.

Once you have your blooms dried, the possibilities are endless. Not only will the arrangements and accent pieces you create add a pop of color to your indoor décor, but they also create beautiful treasured holiday and hostess gifts.

What method of drying flowers do you use? How do you display dried flowers?