Dry Flowers to Preserve Their Beauty Forever

Follow these simple steps for making your lovely blooms last.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Gather Your Blooms

Pick your flowers and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Spread Them Out

Open a large book to the middle. Place a sheet of wax paper inside and place the flowers on top. For larger flowers, try placing them on their side or face down.

Take Cover

Cover the flowers with the second piece of wax paper and close the book. You can place extra books on top of this book for added weight.

Dried Flowers

The drying process can take up to a week or more. The higher the moisture content of the petals, the longer the process. When ready for use, simply open the book and gently slide your flowers off the wax paper.

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