I have a couple of projects that will require some dried flowers, so I’ve been working on this for a few months. Drying hydrangea stems is pretty easy, and as you can see, I have a lot to choose from this year. I cut some while they were still mostly blue, and others after they were turning pink.
Using pant hangers, I hang the flowers upside down in the laundry room.
I have these hooks on one of the ceiling joists in order to hang things. They come in pretty handy at times. I cut more flowers and hung them up to dry.
After about a week, they look like they are drying nicely, keeping their color.
When sufficiently dry, I spray them with a matte finish varnish to help the flowers stay on the stems and provide a bit of protection for the color.
I hang them off my potting bench for an hour or so outside to dry.
More flowers were cut a bit later, nice pink and a darker pink with a bit of green.
A few of the really dark purple ones showed up, so I cut those as well.
Flowers were drying for several weeks until I had enough for my next project. These will go in my Pine Cone Basket from last year’s Autumn Jubilee for entry in the fair.
I’ve also been drying petals for paper making. I plan to use these to add color to the paper. These were bright red amaryllis flowers. I picked the flower petals off the base, and lay them on paper towels to dry naturally.
Blue hydrangea and yellow irises were next.
Then, I got some lavendar hydrangeas. I let them wilt first, as they are so large.
Then, I pulled apart the petals from the stems, only keeping the petals, and arranged them on paper towels. I let them dry for a couple of days, rearranging them periodically to be sure they dried evenly.
These petals came from the lovely white roses DH gave me.
When the petals were dry, I stored them wrapped in paper towels in baskets. There, they await my paper making attempt. It took me a while to gather some things for that idea. Hopefully I can post about that soon.
Have you ever tried to dry flowers?
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