How to do dried flower making at home?

Fresh flower is so charming especially during the spring. We often want to keep these beauty all the time. And now, I found that dried flower also show a kind of special feel of beauty. Then how to process dry flower making at home

 

How to make air dried flower?

It is quite straight forward to dry flowers at home, although results vary. Collect a bunch of your favourite flowers, tie together loosely, then hang upside down somewhere where there is good air circulation. The airing cupboard offers fast results, but a garage or even an open porch can be effective, although the process may take longer. Drying in a bright greenhouse may not be as suitable, because although the flowers dry quickly, they may also loose some of their bright colors in the strong sunlight. 


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How to make air dried flower?

It is quite straight forward to dry flowers at home, although results vary. Collect a bunch of your favourite flowers, tie together loosely, then hang upside down somewhere where there is good air circulation. The airing cupboard offers fast results, but a garage or even an open porch can be effective, although the process may take longer. Drying in a bright greenhouse may not be as suitable, because although the flowers dry quickly, they may also loose some of their bright colors in the strong sunlight.

How to dry flower by using a Microwave and Desiccant?

Microwaving works best for flowers with many petals, and no hairy or sticky surface. Choose your flowers and Cut the stems pretty short for this method — about 1–2 inches (2.5–5cm).The stems won't be flexible after microwaving. If you want to bend the flowers for an arrangement, stick a 20–24 gauge wire through the base of the flower, then wrap it in a helix around the stem. Though it is best not to use metal in a microwave oven. Then Pour desiccant into a microwave-safe container. Fill the container to a depth of 1–2 inches (2.5–5cm). And then bury the flowers under the desiccant. Then begin to microwave, a separate, shallow cup of water absorbs some of the microwave's energy. This makes accidental burning or over-drying less likely, so put a cup of water in the microwave and add the container to the microwave and heat for 2 minute. After this have finished, let it cool for one day. Remove the container from the microwave. Cover the container, leaving the lid slightly ajar, and leave it alone for 24 hours. Finally, Now that the container is cool, tip it gently to expose the flowers. Gently pull out the flowers, supporting them from below. Brush them off with a fine brush. 

How to make dried flower by pressing it?

Choose your flowers and place them on dry non-glossy paper. Arrange your flowers in a single layer, then place another sheet of dry paper over the top. Then place them under something that has a large, evenly dispersed weight. And after the first week, remove the flowers and replace the paper with fresh, dry sheets. Then put the flowers back under the weights to continue pressing them and waiting for 1-3 weeks.

After the flowers have been left for a few weeks, take off the weights and papers and pull out your flowers. They should be crisp and paper-thin, and transparent to light. 

How to make dried flower by burying flowers in Desiccant?

This is the best way to dry large, delicate flowers such as lilies, as long as the flower doesn't drop its petals too easily.A desiccant is an extra-absorbent material, that will slowly pull out water from your flowers. Some people suggest that salt helps the petals keep their color, although not everyone agrees. Try it with 3 tbsp salt per quart of other materials (15mL per L).If you have plenty of material, pick a container that can fit the entire upright stem. Pour your material into the container, to a depth of 1–2 inches (2.5–5cm). Place the flowers upright in the material, making sure they're stable. Sift or slowly pour more desiccant on top of them, until they are buried. Store the container in a warm, dry location, waiting until dry. Finally, Tip the container sideways and tap the sides until the flower is exposed. Gently remove the dry flower, supporting it from underneath. 


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