How to Air Dry Fresh Flowers to Decorate With

Putting flowers in a vase is one of the best ways to decorate the mantle in the house. Except it’s awful when the flowers wilt. If only flowers lasted longer. There is a way to prevent this. Here’s how to air dry flesh flowers.

The Process to Air Dry Flowers

You’ll be happy to know that most flowers can be air-dried. These flowers include hydrangeas and globe thistles. All you have to do is place them in an empty vase in a cool room with low humidity. Viola! The flowers are dried.

The easiest way to air-dry flowers is by hanging them upside down. Here’s a step-by-step process.

  • Step 1: Cut the flowers in the morning with sharp garden scissors. It’s better to cut them when the dew has dried.
  • Step 2: Pick the flowers that are not completely mature (AKA not completely open). Fully mature flowers lose their petals.
  • Step 3: Remove any unnecessary greenery once the flowers have been cut. This means leaves and foliage.
  • Step 4: Whether you want to leave the flowers as individual blooms or not, tie the flowers together by using string or dental floss.
  • Step 5: String the bundles of flowers together. Space out the flowers on a clothesline. It allows air circulation and prevents mold from growing on them. You don’t want that.
  • Step 6: Hang the flowers in an area of the house that is cool, dry, and dark. While you are at it, place a fan in the room on a low setting. It prevents mold.

How to Tell When They’re Finished

The ultimate sign that the flowers are finished drying is when you touch them. Do they feel dry? If they’re stiff to the touch then you’re good to go.

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