Flowers are often the most beautiful part of a celebration. One way to commemorate that special moment is by preserving the flowers used during that time. Here are some creative ideas on how to preserve flowers as a way to cherish them for a lifetime.
The most beautiful part of a celebration doesn’t have to
be the shortest lasting. With the right flower preservation
techniques, you can extend the life of your blooms.
Separate individual stems and
press them between the pages of
a heavy book for at least a week.
Use flowers (pressed until they have
a paper-like texture) to create pretty
stationery or bookmarks, or glue them
on for a unique smartphone case.
After drying a bouquet, add it to a
display box with other event-related
items to showcase in your home.
Place the flower stems in a vase with
just a few inches of water, then ignore
them until the water evaporates,
allowing the flowers to dry upright.
Professionals can take your flowers
directly from an event, spray them with
starch to preserve their color, then place
them in a freeze dryer to quickly and
effectively preserve their beauty.
After pressing your flowers, place
them beneath glass in a frame that
you can display in your home.
Hang a bouquet upside down for
four to six weeks, until it’s fully dried.
Place some dried petals in a
special pendant or necklace.
Place flowers one at a time in a
microwave-safe bowl, and cover with
4 cups of cat litter. Heat for 2 to 3
minutes in the microwave. Let this
cool, then brush off the litter
to reveal a dried bud.
Bury your flowers in silica gel (a granular
substance found at craft stores) in a large
container. Wait a week, then remove
beautifully preserved blooms.