You received a beautiful basket of flowers, your favorite flowers or you just got married and you wish you could keep your bridal bouquet forever. Well, you can!
You can even make Potpourri from fragrant leaves and petals.
Below are some suggestions on what flowers and green leaves you can dry and step-by-step instructions how to do it. Air dry flowers at home and make your own projects with them.
Photo Courtesy of Odanz Jaeger
Chamomile, Cornflower, Delphinium, Fever-few, Gypsophila, Heather,
Helichrysum, Jasmine, Larkspur, Marigold, Mimosa, Peony, Poppy seed
heads, Rosebuds, Safflower, Sea Lavender, Sedum, Statice, Straw-flowers, Goldenrod, Celosia (crested and plumed types), Queen
Anne's lace, Baby's Breath, Millet, Globe Amaranth, Salvia, Chrysanthemum,
and Everlasting flowers. All these flowers dry upside down successfully.
Agapanthus, Grape Hyacinth and Sweet William prefer the upright drying method. Yarrow, Golden Rod, Achillea and Allium do very well to both upright and upside down air drying.
Roses are good for floral baskets and wedding bouquets. Some Roses are scented, some not. If putting them in bouquets or baskets, water well the night before so they will last the day. They dry very well and keep their color. The meaning of Roses.
Chrysanthemums are a very popular flower for any kind of flower arrangement. They are cheap and last a long time as a cut flower. Great flower for Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Everybody knows Lavender. It can be added to any arrangement. It has a lovely perfume. Flowers are good in Potpourri or floral basket arrangements. Hang some in the car, the warmth in the car will release their scent. Lavender is said to be good for headaches.
Rosemary. We don't think of adding herbs to wedding bouquets and floral gift baskets. Not all herbs can be used, some are too fragile. Rosemary, Tarragon, Camomile and others are excellent to use. They give a nice aroma and can be used afterwards. Why not?
Hydrangea. They come in blue, pink, white, red, light & dark purple. It depends on the HP (acid) of the soil. There are 2 kinds.
1. Large round flower heads sometimes called "Mop-Head"
2. "Lace-cap Hydrangea" has round flat flower heads.
Zinnia comes in all colors, bright and beautiful. The best colors for drying are white, yellow and green.
Now that you have some idea if the flowers in your wedding bouquet or your flower gift basket are suitable for air drying, you can start to dry your flowers.
Air drying means tying flowers in bunches and hanging them upside down or putting them in vases without water and leaving them to dry naturally. Air dry flowers.
Do you make your own flower arrangement? Do you make potpourri? Or do you make greeting cards with pressed flowers? I would love to hear your stories, ideas or tips for making gift baskets. Go to my contact me page and share your ideas with me and others.
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Everlasting flowers (image on the left) also known as Straw-flowers or Statice are the easiest flowers to dry with very good results every time.
Dried flowers make great personalized greeting cards. You can also make potpourri. Take a look at these great gift ideas!
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