Drying Flowers from the Garden

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.

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Using pant hangers, I hang the flowers upside down in the laundry room.

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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.

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After about a week, they look like they are drying nicely, keeping their color.

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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.

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I hang them off my potting bench for an hour or so outside to dry.

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More flowers were cut a bit later, nice pink and a darker pink with a bit of green.

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A few of the really dark purple ones showed up, so I cut those as well.

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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.

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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.

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Blue hydrangea and yellow irises were next.

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Then, I got some lavendar hydrangeas.  I let them wilt first, as they are so large.

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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.

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These petals came from the lovely white roses DH gave me.

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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.

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Have you ever tried to dry flowers?

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19 thoughts on “Drying Flowers from the Garden

  1. I can’t wait to see your finished projects! I dry roses and hydrangeas the same way and love to have them for styling vignettes…I dried some sunflowers by accident this week when I forgot to refresh their water 😂 but they actually look really cool! Have fun!
    Jenna

  2. Rosemaryflower

    This is so cool Carole. I miss my old life, but I do not remember what that was… haha
    I used to dry zinnias, and loved drawing them. weird. I have a art book upstairs full of things I used to do.
    I adore hydrangeas blue ones and pink ones. I always wanted one in my gardens but now, well, maybe next year.
    I enjoy reading all of your endeavors. You are a well rounded blogger❤️🤩 and that makes me happy

  3. Barbara Murray

    I dry rose petals on a cookie sheet placed on the dashboard of my car facing the sun. Roll up the windows and it’s like a little oven! They always turn out perfect and look so pretty in a jar. Other’s I’ve pressed between smooth paper towels in a book. My mother would dry many plants hanging upside down as you did with your hydrangea. Use a cinnamon stick or something similar to absorb your favorite scented oils to place in with your dried flowers – never apply oils directly on the flowers the moisture will cause mold.

  4. Wendy

    Yes, I love trying to dry my flowers. Some I have had success with, others not. The hydrangeas are my favorites! I try and wait as long as I can while they are on the bush then hang them just as you do. Waiting tends to make them loose the color that I want but they dry without wrinkling. I have several different varieties and they all tend to dry differently. Have you tried flower pounding on fabric or dyeing fabrics, laces or doilies with flowers or fruits?

  5. I have dried flowers, and have also tried my hand at making paper. Hugh made the frames, I cut up very old blankets, we shredded paper ( in the cleaned garden shredder!!) from the local bank, it was matt and not shiny, and did fairly well. But this was a short lived hobby and eventually I gave all the bits to a friend. There is a need for us to get back to basics, and hand made paper is so beautiful when used for cards or our own letter writing.

  6. bonniecoleman

    I look forward to seeing what you are making.  Have dried pansies between pages of a book before but never did use them for anything.  Maybe your creation will inspire me!

  7. Julia WHITE

    I think I might have to come live with you. All of your projects are so fun and you show each step so well. The quilting, card making, table displays, care packages, flower drying, wildlife and flower pics, and service quilts inspire me!. Thanks for letting me be a part of the Hurricane quilt project……this inspired my 29 year old daughter and I to make 2 quilts to send. (And she was never interested before this!) . There are so many ways to make the world a better place!

  8. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Gorgeous hydrangeas! Those, roses, peonies and glad are my favorite flowers! Looking forward to seeing your projects with these. You are SO talented in so many areas!! What a blessing – you are never bored!

  9. I tried once to dry parsley outside as you have with your flowers. My parsley rusted…..I thought maybe too damp at night and early morning. These look amazing. Thank for sharing.

    “Let’s all Get and Stay Positive for each other”!

  10. karenfae

    I have dried flowers in the past when we lived in a northwestern dry state but I have not had luck drying flowers in the south – I always thought it was from being so humid – I do have windows open for some months of the year when the a/c is not on and thought it was that

  11. Thank you for the drying tips. I have dried flowers with stems wrapped with wire to hang from clothes hangers, but the pant/skirt hanger tip is BRILLIANT! I have dried them in the garage, just because that seemed the best place and they worked ok. I can’t wait to see the arrangements you make with them—the colors are beautiful!

    P.S. I have also used three pant/skirt hangers with a Dollar Store flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth to hang a temporary design “wall” in my sewing room. Works well for me and is cheap! (Lol!!)

  12. joymcd305716439

    Oh, how interesting…and fun! I have a hydrangea in my yard here, so when it blooms I will give this a go… I have mostly dried roses, hanging them upside down in my clothes cupboard 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what you do with all your dried flowers! xx

  13. Rebecca

    Several years ago I tried to dry flowers & they did good for a while & then all of a sudden on day, they just completely fell apart! I had them hanging in my cool, dry, dark basement & I went down to check on them & there they were… petals & leaves all over the floor! I’ll hold a good thought for yours. They certainly look great right now!

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