How to Dry Your Wedding Bouquet With Silica

Weddings cost enough. With this incredible DIY, you're about to save big on flower preservation.

Related To:
Silica-Dried Wedding Bouquet

Silica-Dried Wedding Bouquet

Though it looks as good as new, this lovely wedding bouquet has been dried using silica gel powder.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

It may take a few more steps than simply flipping your bouquet upside down for a few weeks, but this pro-approved drying method yields some seriously impressive results. Get ready to hear, "Shouldn't you put these flowers in some water?"

Materials Needed

  • bouquet
  • garden shears
  • air-tight box with lid
  • silica crystals
  • floral wire
  • floral stakes
  • floral tape
  • ribbon
  • pins

Cut Stems + Assemble

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Start by deconstructing your bouquet. This part may seem scary, but we promise it’s going to be okay. Be sure to take a picture of the arrangement, because we’ll be putting it back together later. Fill the bottom of an airtight plastic container with silica crystals. Cut the stems off each bloom, leaving only an inch or two. 

Fill Petals

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

To dry out your petals perfectly, the flowers have to be inserted into the crystals vertically with the blooms pointing upward. Leave a little room between the flowers so they do not overlap. Next, slowly pour more crystals to fully cover the petals, making sure to also fill the area between each petal while retaining the flower's shape. Cover the box, and let the flowers dry for three to five days. 

Note: While silica beads will also work, we found that crystals are easier to fit between petals and do not leave the undesirable dimples that beads often do.

Create New Stems

Once your flowers have had time to dry, carefully pull them out of the box, gently shaking out any excess silica. Puncture the stem with floral wire, and begin wrapping down the stem and onto a green floral stake. Next, cover the stem and stake with green floral tape. Repeat these steps with each flower. 

Reassemble Bouquet

Now we reach the moment you’ll be glad you took those pictures. Carefully recreate the look of your pre-dried wedding bouquet. When you're happy with your new bouquet, use floral tape to hold the stems together. Even out the ends of the floral sticks with garden shears.

Wrap + Display

Starting as close to the bottom of the flowers as possible, begin wrapping the stems with ribbon. Once you’ve reached the end of the stems, use pins to secure the ribbon. Now all that's left to do is sit back and admire your handy work.

Pro Tip: Display your bouquet in a glass cloche or box to avoid dust and protect it for years to come.

3 Ways to Preserve Your Wedding Flowers 03:04

Don't toss your gorgeous bouquet! Preserve it with one of these easy techniques.

Looking for More Methods?

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Air-Dry and Display Your Wedding Bouquet

For the busy bride on a budget, preserving your wedding bouquet doesn't get any easier than this.

3 Easy Ways to Dry Your Own Wedding Bouquet

Warning: You're about to save hundreds of dollars on wedding bouquet preservation.

How to Press and Display Your Wedding Bouquet

Give your wedding bouquet the marvelous, modern display it deserves with this simple method for preserving your petals into a show-stopping piece of art.

What Blooms You Need in Your Bouquet (Based on Your Sign)

Because every bride wants to be petal-perfect on her big day.

12 Royal Wedding Souvenirs for the Ultimate Superfan

Do you have royal wedding fever? Like, really, really bad? Us, too. Since we can't be at Windsor Castle in person, we'll settle for these royal souvenirs.

How to Make a Perfect Party-Ready Pinata

Customizing your next event is as simple as ABC with this DIY initial pinata tutorial.

8 Drinks You Need to Try Before Summer Ends

There's still time for some serious warm weather imbibing. 

How to Make a Tailgate Tic Tac Toe Table

Entertain your tailgate guests with this quick and easy tic tac toe table that is fun for the whole family!

How to Make a Simple and Easy Felt Pennant Banner

Beef up your tailgate decor with this quick banner tutorial.

How to Make a Fun and Easy Washer Toss Game

Create the perfect tailgating activity with this cute and quick washer toss game tutorial.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.