How to Dry Flowers: 4 Simple Ways + Decor Ideas

How To Dry Flowers

From prom corsages to your wedding day centerpiece, flowers set the tone for a magical experience and a memorable event. But what do you do with the flowers after a special day has ended? Dry them!

When you dry flowers, you can save all your favorite blooms for as long as you want to keep them. And not only do dried flowers last, but you can also use them to decorate your home. Whether you want to line your mantle with dried roses, create dried flower arrangements to hang in your bedroom or scent your home with potpourri, dried flowers are your answer.

To help you get started, we have a guide that walks you through how to dry flowers four different ways. We’ve also included tables to help you figure out how long to dry the flowers for and inspiration for how to include dried flowers in your home.

 

How to Air Dry Flowers

 

How To Dry Flowers - Materials

 

What you’ll need:

  • Flowers
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Stick or hanger

 

 

Step 1:  Prepare flowers by removing leaves.

 

How To Dry Flowers - Step 1

 

To begin, remove any extra foliage from the flower stems. It’s okay to leave some leaves on the stem if you like the look of greenery, they will dry too.

 

Step 2: Group flowers and tie them together.

 

How To Dry Flowers - Step 2

 

Group flowers as desired and tie the string around the base. If the stems are too long (personal preference), cut to your desired length.

 

Step 3: Attach the flowers to a stick.

 

How To Dry Flowers - Step 3

 

Tie the other end of your string to a stick. Some alternatives to sticks include hangers, driftwood, copper poles or a hook. Regardless of what you choose, make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold flowers for a long period of time.

 

Step 4: Hang the flowers to dry.

 

How To Dry Flowers - Step 4

 

Hang the stick in a location that is out of the way so the delicate flowers won’t get damaged. They should also be hung in a dark environment or a place that gets minimal light. Any direct light will cause the colors to fade.

 

Step 5: Leave for three to four weeks and display!

 

 

Once you hang the flowers, they will do the rest. In three to four weeks they should be completely dry. To keep pristine, spray with unscented hairspray. If you decide to display them as decor, be sure to keep the dried flower wall art in a location that doesn’t get direct light.

 

How to Dry Flowers in Microwave

 

How To Dry Flowers - Microwave

 

What you’ll need:

  • Flowers
  • Silica sand
  • Microwave-safe container
  • Cup of water

 

 

Step 1: Remove leaves and place in container.

 

 How To Dry Flowers - Microwave Step 1

 

Remove any unwanted leaves from the flower and cut so that it fits in the container. Fill the microwave-safe container with a thin layer of silica sand and place flower on top.

 

Step 2: Cover flower with silica sand.

 

How To Dry Flowers - Microwave Step 2

Cover the flower completely with silica sand. If the flowers are small, you can place multiple in the same container, but be sure they are completely covered in the sand.

 

Step 3: Microwave in thirty second intervals.

 

 How To Dry Flowers - Microwave Step 3

 

Place the container in the microwave with a cup of water. Heat in microwave in 30 second increments. Check until the flower looks dry. Depending on the density of the flower, this should take two to three minutes.

 

Step 4: Check flower and then leave in sand for 24 hours.

 

 How To Dry Flowers - Microwave Step 4

 

Once the flower’s petals appear dry, re-bury it and leave for 24 hours. This will ensure that the flower is completely dry.

 

Step 5: Remove from sand and display!

 

 How To Dry Flowers - Microwave Step 5

 

Remove flower from the silica sand and brush off any extra grains that are stuck to the petals. Spray with unscented hairspray to keep pristine. Put your dried flowers on display in your home or use them as a craft. Similar to air drying, keep out of direct sunlight to prevent the colors from fading.

 

When drying flowers in the microwave, the time it will take varies depending on the density of the flowers. For these popular flowers, follow the chart for reference:

Flower Size Flowers Time in Microwave
Small, open-faced flowers
  • baby’s breath
  • buttercup
  • fern
  • feverfew
  • heather
  • pansy
1 to 2 minutes
Medium, multi-petaled flowers
  • aster
  • azalea
  • bachelor button
  • calendula
  • daisy
  • delphinium
  • foxglove
  • larkspur
2 to 3 minutes
Large, dense flowers
  • carnations
  • chrysanthemum
  • gardenia
  • hyacinth
  • hydrangea
  • marigold
  • orchid
  • peony
  • rose
  • snapdragon
  • stock
3 to 3.5 minutes

How to Dry Flowers in Silica Sand

 

If you have the time and want to ensure that your flowers are preserved in pristine color, you can also leave flowers to dry in the silica sand without putting them in the microwave. This will allow you to use a bigger container that lets you keep the stems long. Simply place flowers in the container and cover with silica sand. Follow the table below to find how many days they should remain covered for.

Flower Number of Days in Sand
  • Acacia
  • Anemone
  • Aster
  • Buttercup
  • butterfly bush
  • Celosia
  • Cornflower
  • Cosmos
  • Daisy
  • Delphinium
  • Deutzia
  • dusty miller
  • Ferns
  • Forget-me-not
  • Foxglove
  • Heather
  • lamb’s ear
  • Larkspur
  • Lilac
  • Lupine
  • Pansy
  • Sage
  • Salvia
  • viola
2 to 3 days
  • Ageratum
  • Azalea
  • baby’s breath
  • bachelor’s button
  • bells of ireland
  • bridal wreath
  • Candytuft
  • canterbury bells
  • Carnation
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Columbine
  • Daffodil
  • Dogwood
  • Gladiolus
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Lavender
  • Lily-of-the-valley
  • Snapdragon
  • Stock
  • tassel flower
3 to 4 days
  • Calendula
  • Camellia
  • Dahlia
  • Gardenia
  • Marigold
  • Ranunculus
  • Rose
  • Scabiosa
  • Snow-on-the-mountain
  • zinnia
4 to 5 days
  • Begonia
  • Hyacinth
  • Orchid
  • peony
5 to 6 days
  • English laurel
  • Ivy leaf
7 days

How to Dry Flowers in a Flower Press

Another common method of drying flowers is by pressing them. You can press flowers flowers four different ways, depending what you have available and how much time you have. The four ways include pressing flowers with a book, a flower press, an iron and the microwave. Intrigued? Check out the step-by-step of how to press flowers.

 

Dried Flower Inspiration

Once you’ve dried your flowers, you can put them on display. The beauty of this craft is that it will last for months. We’ve rounded up creative ways that people have used dried flowers to give you inspiration.

How To Dry Flowers - Decor Inspiration

 

Inspired to create dried flower decor? Check out our mixed flower bouquets to find a variety of blooms that you can repurpose after you’ve enjoyed their fresh floral scents.