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Breathe New Life into Your Home with Dried Flower Décor

a cozy home with dried flower decoration
Dried flower home decor

Flowers have long been used to add beauty, colour, and freshness to our living spaces. In recent years, however, dried flowers have gained popularity as a long-lasting and eco-friendly alternative to fresh ones. They provide an elegant, vintage touch to any room and can be easily made at home. This article will guide you through the process of drying your fresh flowers to create beautiful home décor that will last for months, if not years.

  1. Selecting the right flowers

The first step in creating the perfect dried flower arrangement is choosing the right blooms. Not all flowers dry well, so it's important to select ones with sturdy stems and petals that won't lose their colour as they dry. Some excellent options for drying include:

  • Roses

  • Lavender

  • Hydrangeas

  • Gypsophila (Baby's Breath)

  • Eucalyptus

  • Statice

  • Chrysanthemums

2. Picking the right time

The best time to pick flowers for drying is in the morning, after the dew has evaporated but before the heat of the day has set in. This helps to ensure the flowers retain their natural colours and have the least amount of moisture content when starting the drying process.

3. Preparing the flowers

Remove any excess leaves and trim the stems to your desired length. Keep in mind that the stems may shrink a bit during the drying process, so leave a little extra length.

4. Drying techniques

There are several methods for drying flowers, each with its own set of advantages and drawbacks. Here are three popular techniques:

a) Air-drying: This is the simplest and most common method. Simply gather your flowers into small bunches, tie them with a string, and hang them upside down in a dark, dry, and well-ventilated space. Air-drying can take two to four weeks, depending on the type of flower and humidity levels.

b) Pressing: Pressing flowers involves placing them between sheets of absorbent paper, such as blotting paper, newsprint, or even parchment paper, and then placing a weight on top. This technique works best for flowers with flat petals, like pansies or violets. Pressing can take anywhere from one to four weeks.

c) Desiccant drying: This method involves burying flowers in a desiccant material, such as silica gel or fine sand, to absorb moisture. Desiccant drying can yield faster results (in as little as a week) and helps flowers maintain their original shape and colour better than air-drying or pressing. However, it can be more expensive and requires careful handling.

5. Storing and displaying dried flowers

Dried flower for dinning table
dried flower home decor

Once your flowers are completely dry, gently remove them from the drying method you've chosen. If you want to protect the flowers from dust and keep their colours vibrant for longer, consider applying a thin coat of hairspray or a floral sealant.

Store dried flowers in a cool, dry, and dark place to prevent them from becoming damp and mouldy. To display your dried flower arrangement, place them in vases, shadow boxes, or even create wreaths and garlands for a rustic touch.

Dried flower arrangements are a fantastic way to preserve the beauty of your favourite blooms and incorporate them into your home décor. By following these simple steps and experimenting with different drying techniques, you can create stunning, long-lasting floral displays that will breathe new life into your living spaces.


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