A big bouquet or a small flower, all of us have wanted to preserve the emotions and the beautiful flowers attached with them forever. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try, we can’t keep them fresh for more than 3-4 days. But there are a couple of ways using which we might be able to enjoy these pretty arrangements a few days longer, and if cast in resin, we might be able to preserve these beauties forever! Here’s how to preserve flowers in five different ways, using which you can store those beautiful petals and even make a pretty paperweight or a flowery decoration!
Air drying is the easiest answer to ‘How to preserve flowers?’
If you have a gorgeous bouquet you’ve received from someone special and want to make a quaint romantic room decoration then air drying will be a good option. It is the most classic traditional way of drying flowers. All you need to do is get rid of any excess foliage surrounding the flowers, cut the stem short, but not less than 6 inches; and tie the stems together with a ribbon or unscented dental floss. Lastly, find a well-ventilated place, away from direct sunlight, like an open closet, and hang the bouquet upside down. Leave the flowers as is, for 2-3 weeks. This is a time-consuming process, but most of the work is done by leaving them to dry on their own. Once dried, a little spritz of hairspray will prevent them from crumbling easily. This method preserves the shape and smell of the flowers.
Use Silica Gel
If you do not want to wait for 3 weeks for the flowers to dry, you could use silica gel to dry the flowers faster. Take an airtight container and fill up 1-2 inches of it with silica gel beads. Next, add the flowers and cover them completely with another layer of silica gel. You can check on the flowers and control how much you want the flowers to dry. If you’ll be preserving a lot of flowers then this is a faster method.
Press the Flowers
The answer to how to preserve flowers as symbols of romance and sensuality lies in pressing. This is a common method to preserve a single flower as well as a whole bouquet. All you need to do is place the flowers on a wax paper in a particular arrangement (since you won’t be able to manipulate them after they have dried), place the wax paper inside the pages of a heavy book, place another wax paper on top and close the book. Place a couple of heavy books on top and leave them for 10-20 days and once dried, you can take them out, remove the wax paper and frame them.
Use Epoxy Resin
You can use clear resin to preserve the dried flowers and create beautiful decorations and paperweights. Take some time to think of the shape you want the decoration to have and choose a silicone mold accordingly. Fill up the mold half way with resin, place the flowers and arrange them, then fill it up the rest of the way with resin. Once the resin has dried, take the paperweight out of the mold and put it up for display! Such decorations can make for a great gift as well as a great business!
Dip them in Wax
If you want to preserve your flowers for up to six months, then you just need some paraffin wax. Melt the wax in boiling water, once the wax is smooth and has cooled down slightly, gently dip the flowers in it, immediately take them out and hand them upside down to air dry!
This was our take on how to preserve flowers for any duration you please. Have you tried any of these ways, and did you like the result? Share with us in the comments below.