Dried flowers are very popular for many reasons. They are easily accessible and prove to be great gifts in many occasions. Drying flowers is an art which takes time with a lot of patience and diligence. Commercially dried flowers can be expensive which leads one to dry them personally if savings were to be enjoyed.
Flowers can be dried in a variety of ways. The best way is to use silica gel which is a drying compound or desiccant in drying flowers. This method dries the flowers while retaining the shape and color. Moreover, the gel can be reused to reduce the cost of drying flowers.
Other commercial desiccants are alum, fine sand, finely ground kitty litter, borax powder and surprisingly to some, detergent powder. These options function to remove moisture from the flowers to make them dry.
The process of drying flowers is quite simple. The flowers stems need to be removed and the flower heads wired for the desired extra support. Next, the flowers are buried in the chosen desiccant in a box.
A smart approach in the drying process is to place similar flowers together to ensure a similar drying time for convenience and maximum effect. Flowers being dried should not overlap each other. They should be completely covered in a closed box until they are thoroughly dried. It may take about 2-6 days for the drying process to be completed.
Desiccants can come in either white or colored crystals. Colored crystal desiccants change color when they are dry or moist to help consumers know if the moisture is being removed from the flowers. The desiccants turn pink when they have absorbed moisture.
Flowers can be dried faster using the microwave with a little dish of water to prevent over drying and brittleness in the flowers.
Types of flowers
There is no lack of varieties in flowers to be dried. Favorites include roses, daisies, pansies, peonies, carnations, heather, celosia and bachelor buttons although grasses and foliage are also dressed to serve as accessories in floral arrangements.
These floral choices offer the right sizes and colors to form the perfect bouquet or pressed floral pieces. Many creative uses have been attempted with dried flowers. Thanksgiving floral arrangements are great with dried flowers although dried flowers are also used in wreaths.
Dried flowers are more lasting in any floral presentation with a life-likeness as the shape and color are retained if the process is properly executed.
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