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How to Dry Flowers in 5 Easy Steps

October 10, 2020 6 Comments

Looking for ways to preserve a special bouquet or flowers from your garden? Learn how to dry flowers in 5 easy steps. 

I love flowers. Flowers make me happy.

Because I love flowers so much, I started growing them.

It started with one small garden, then progressed to so many more.

For years, I didn’t cut flowers from the garden because I thought they looked prettier in the borders.

I didn’t want to ruin the beds by snipping some to take inside.

How to Dry Flowers From Your Garden

My cottage garden has lots of pretty flowers to dry.

But I’ve been trying to change that mentality. Because flowers are meant to be enjoyed both outside and inside our homes.

So I’m so glad I started a new cutting garden this year. Designating one of the beds as a cutting garden made it easier to grow flowers to bring inside.

How to Dry Flowers like Hydrangeas

With the gardening season coming to a close, I want to preserve some of my colorful blooms to use indoors.

Lately, I’ve been drying hydrangeas and tucking them in some vintage crates around my house. I love the pretty vintage blues and purple it adds to my home decor.

And now, I want to preserve this gorgeous bouquet of orange roses to use in some vintage crocks.

How to dry flowers with orange roses

Plus I have these gorgeous dahlias that I’d love to keep around.

Dahlias - How to Dry Flowers

Truth be told, I’ve never dried dahlias so I have no idea if it will work or not. But I’m willing to try.

Dahlias from the cutting garden - How to Dry Flowers

Whether it’s a beautiful wedding bouquet, corsage or flowers from the garden, there are a few ways to dry flowers.

Dried flowers can last a long time and can be used to decorate your home in so many ways.

If you’ve never done it before, it’s fairly easy.

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Cutting garden to dry flowers

The cutting garden has an array of gorgeous flowers that are perfect for drying.

Air Dry Flowers Method

Since I prefer to do things the easy way, air drying flowers is the simplest, most budget-friendly way to dry flowers.

How to dry flowers - supplies

Supplies Needed to Air Dry Flowers

  • Flowers
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Stick, hanger or drying rack
  • Unscented hairspray

How to dry flowers with orange roses

How to Air Dry Flowers

  • Remove all of the leaves from the stems
  • Group flowers together and tie them in small bunches
  • Attach to a stick, hanger or drying rack
  • Then hang to dry in a spot with minimal light for 3-4 weeks
  • Spray with unscented hairspray to help them last

How to dry flowers

How do you dry flowers and keep their color?

If you want to keep the best color, cut flowers before they fully open. Tie and hang them upside down in a dry, but warm, dark spot. The more light it gets, the lighter the color retention.

I am going to hang these in my finished basement.

How to dry flowers

I just grabbed sticks from the yard to hang and dry flowers.

Do dried flowers last forever?

While we can do our best to make them last, they don’t last forever. You can do your best to extend their life, but I recommend replacing them when they don’t look as good.
When I got married, I kept my wedding bouquet for several years. They looked really good for a long time, but over time they started looking shabby.

How long do dried flowers last?

In general, dried flowers roughly last about 1-3 years. For best results, handle with the most care.

And try to keep them out of direct sunlight, wind and humidity.

How to Dry Flowers

What are the best flowers to dry?

There’s a pretty big list, but I have successfully dried

  • roses
  • globe thistle
  • hydrangeas
  • strawflower
  • yarrow
  • sedum
  • herbs
  • celosia
  • lavender
  • ageratum
  • russian sage
  • salvia

I’ve never tried to dry dahlias, so I’ll let you know how they do.

For the record, I don’t dry hydrangeas like I do most flowers. If you want to dry hydrangeas, this is the easiest way to do it.

How to Dry Flowers

Cafe Au Lait Dahlias from the Cutting Garden in these adorable bud vases. I love them so much I’m getting another set!

What are dried flowers good for?

There are lots of great ways to use dried flowers in your home. Here are a few ideas:

  • wreaths
  • centerpieces
  • arrangements
  • potpourri
  • candle-making projects
  • gifts
  • sachets
  • baths
  • cooking (some are edible in desserts or teas)
  • home-made cleaning products

Sunset in the Garden - How to Dry Flowers

Should you spray dried flowers with hairspray?

To keep dried flowers in the best condition, hairspray can be applied to delicate dried flowers. I recommend using it on wedding bouquets or corsages that have sentimental value to help them last longer. Also, hairspray helps retain the shape better when moved around and prevents color fade over time.

Where can I buy dried flowers?

If you’d rather skip the step of drying flowers, there are a few retailers that sell gorgeous dried flowers as well as other boho home decor. Here are some of my GREAT go-to sources for dried flowers.

Afloral

Shop Terrain

Michael’s

Pottery Barn

Wayfair

Target

If you want to make your own arrangements but don’t want to dry flowers yourself, these dried flowers are incredibly beautiful. There are so many option to choose from.

Where can I buy dried flower home decor?

To get the boho look without the work, check out these gorgeous pre-made options.

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How to Dry Flowers in 5 Easy Steps

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Stacy Ling

Stacy Ling is a master gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces. She provides easy-to-follow, easy-to-do garden, home decor, lifestyle & DIY inspo.

6 Comments

  1. Reply

    Rachel Harper

    October 10, 2020

    Stacy,
    I’m loving all your tips. I’ll be using them next year for sure. Thanks
    Rachel

    • Reply

      Stacy Ling

      October 10, 2020

      Thank you Rachel! And you have the perfect spot to do all this stuff! Your greenhouse is amazing!!! xoxoxo

  2. Reply

    Jennifer Howard

    October 11, 2020

    You have so many beautiful flowers to choose from! I just preserved flowers from my girlfriend’s wedding using silica…I’m amazed at how well they turned out! ( I still haven’t gotten to the project I want to make for her yet though!!)

    • Reply

      Stacy Ling

      October 11, 2020

      Thank you! How do you like using the silica method?

  3. Reply

    Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    October 12, 2020

    This is such a beautiful post Stacy. I love drying my flowers in the fall.

    • Reply

      Stacy Ling

      October 12, 2020

      Thanks Kim! It’s a great way to extend the garden! xoxo

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