Drying Flowers in Microwave


Drying Flowers in Microwave Oven. Don't know how to press flowers? Preserving fresh flowers in the microwave is real easy. Preserving fresh flowers makes great greeting cards.

There are lots of ways of preserving fresh flowers successfully. Drying flowers in microwave is just one way of doing this.

You had a beautiful bouquet of flowers given to you for a special occasion. You want to keep them. It's nice when you can keep those memories alive by turning your fresh flowers into beautiful pressed flower ideas.



Drying flowers in microwave makes memorable card making or gift tags, and great for making pictures to put into frames.

Drying flowers in microwave is the best way of preserving the color and shape of most flowers and leaves.

You do not need any fancy tools to do this, only a microwave, which most people have and some paper napkins, paper towels or blotting paper.

Bear in mind, every microwave is different; they have different power strengths, so it’s best to experiment with the same kind of flowers first, if possible, before you press the ones you want to use, to avoid any unwanted disasters.




Which Flowers to Preserve?

Before I explain how to microwave pressed flowers, below are just a few of the many flowers and leaves that will dry well in the microwave. So don't be frightened to experiment with different flowers, some will work and some will not.

Try using Daisies (white or yellow), Bougainvillea, Phlox, Ivy, Hostas and most Ferns and the ones below.

Dogwood

Camellia


Lily of the valley. These are used a lot in wedding bouquets. 

Pansy. The Pansy can be dried as a whole flower with excellent results. Don't forget to dry the stems separately as mentioned above.


Rose petals and leaves. Dry the petals and leaves separately for best results then gently glue the petals and leaves into a rose onto paper.

 Carnation. These flowers are used a lot in flower arrangements. Great as dried flowers. 


How to Microwave Flowers

The bigger the flower, the less you press at one time; the smaller the flower, you can press two or three at a time. This will prevent over drying as different flowers have different levels of moisture. This also shortens the time in the microwave and keeps better color and shape.

Cut the stems off the flowers. This is so the flower head lies flat. Otherwise, when the flower is pressed, it will have a lump and that will not look nice when you make your greeting card, gift tag or whatever you decide to make. You want the flower to be flat.

Always press a few extra flowers (if possible) in case of rips when lifting them off the paper and always use tweezers because these petals are very delicate.

You know when they are ready because the flowers will look nice and flat and the paper towel will be dry. If the paper towel is still damp place it back in the microwave for a few more seconds.


Keep in mind, if left in too long they will burn, so short bursts in the microwave is best. 1 or 2 seconds at a time or less.




Things You Will Need:

  1. Flowers and leaves you intend the press. (plus some extra)
  2. Paper napkins, paper towels or blotting paper.
  3. A flat bottomed microwavable plate.(You can use the turntable plate in the microwave).



Method for Drying Flowers in Microwave:

  1. Open the napkin once.
  2. Place your flower / flowers or leaf inside the napkin making sure the flowers do not touch. Place blotting paper on top and fold it over so it is completely covered.
  3. Place the napkin with your flower or leaf onto the glass turntable plate in the microwave.
  4. On average it takes anywhere from 20 seconds to about 1 minute (on high) (different flowers have different levels of moisture) but please experiment first.
  5. Remove from the microwave and let stand until cool. If the paper is still moist, replace it then put it back into the microwave for another 20 seconds.
  6. When the flowers are done, they should feel dry, crispy and not flop over when held up. Put some heavy books or weights on top and leave over night, just to make sure the flowers stay flat and do not curl up.


There are lots of pressed flower gifts you can make to give to your friends and family, not only as gifts but as keepsakes. So give it a go!





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