How to Preserve Fresh Flowers
Flowers are often used during weddings, proms, birthdays and other important events, and you may want to save the flowers as a souvenir of your special moment. How you choose to preserve them depends, in part, on the form of the floral display.
Things You'll Need
- Small container
- Heavy objects
- Baking pan
- Silica gel
Separate your bouquet into small bunches. Gently wrap string around the stems and tie a small knot securely enough to hold them together. Hang the piece of string from a hook on the ceiling, or tie the string over a wire clothes hanger before hanging in a airy space. Allow to dry for 2 to 3 weeks.
Pour two parts of water and one part of glycerine into a container large enough to hold your flowers. Fully immerse the flowers in the solution for 3 days to 2 weeks, depending on the thickness of the flowers.
Spread the flowers on newspaper or waxed paper so that nothing overlaps. Place another piece of the paper over the flowers. Lay a large, heavy item over the papers to "press" them down like a paper weigh, keeping the weight evenly distributed. Allow the flowers to press and dry for 2 to 3 weeks.
Sift sand to remove large debris. Wash and rinse the sand thoroughly.. Dry the sand in a large baking dish in a an oven at 350 degrees until completely dried. Separate the flowers into individual stems. Put the head of the flower into the sand. Gently sprinkle sand between each layer of the flowers and on the bottom of the flower head. Allow the flowers to sit undisturbed for 1 to 2 weeks..
Separate flowers into single stems and sprinkle silica gel between the petals, making sure to get the gel deeply into the flowers. Add a 1-inch layer of silica gel to an airtight container and place the flowers in the container. Add another layer of gel to cover the flowers and close the container. Allow the flowers to dry 2 to 3 weeks.
- Preserve your flowers as early as possible, as your success will be limited if they have already begun to wilt.
- Keep glycerine and silica gel out of the reach of children and pets.