Receiving flowers as a gift is often a touching experience. If you want to save your flowers so you can remember an occasion or a gift for years, you can preserve them quite easily. You have a few options for preserving flowers, and each can result in a stunning keepsake. Follow directions carefully to ensure that your flowers stay beautiful for many years.
Drying flowers is popular when you want to keep a floral arrangement to enjoy for an extended time. You can display dried flowers in a vase on an end table or as a centerpiece on the dining table. Before you begin a flower-drying project, assess the flowers to make sure that they're suitable. Also, be ready to keep dried flowers out of sunlight and extreme heat.
Air-drying is the traditional method for drying flowers, but it does take time. When you air-dry flowers, you allow them to dry out as they would naturally. Air-dry bouquets and large floral arrangements. Large blossoms like sunflowers are ideal for air-drying.
Drying flowers in the microwave is faster than air-drying. You'll need silica gel for microwave drying, which is easily found in craft stores. Silica helps preserve flowers' shape, and you can reuse it repeatedly.
There are other ways to preserve flowers as well, especially when you want to use dried flowers for craft projects. Preserving flowers in resin is a popular process. Many people like the simplicity of pressing blossoms into the pages of a heavy book, too. Explore different flower-preserving methods to see which you prefer.
Although preserved flowers will last longer than fresh flowers, you still need to take care of preserved flowers carefully or they may fade or crumble. Preserving flowers in resin results in very sturdy flowers that you can use in jewelry or as home decor. Follow these tips to ensure that your preserved flowers stay beautiful for as long as possible:
Preserve flowers in epoxy resin to keep them beautiful. Resin is a potent chemical with a strong smell, so always wear a mask when mixing, pouring, and working with resin. Generally, it's best to preserve already-dried flowers in resin. Virtually any dried flower can be preserved in resin. Keep resin flowers out of direct sunlight because sunlight will make the resin opaque instead of clear.
Preserving flowers is so easy that you may decide that you want to preserve them in other ways, too. Try some of these ideas for preserved flowers.