How To Dry Flowers


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One of my favorite fall trends right now is dried florals and leaves. In all honesty, I display dried florals all year round in some capacity. Store bought dried florals can get fairly expensive so I make sure to plant several varieties of easy to dry florals in my garden so I have FREE décor year to year! And one of the perks is that I don't have to worry about storing them off season because I know I can dry more next year!


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What types of flowers can I dry?


My favorites and the easiest to dry in my opinion are

  • Lavender

  • Straw Flowers

  • Hydrangeas

  • Ornamental Grasses

  • Yarrow


but there are so many more you can dry, and if you're not sure, just try!


This time around I'm trying coral bells, so we'll see how they do in the few weeks!


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How to Style Dried Flowers


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  • Display in a vase or pottery

  • Hang a bundle on a hook or pegboard

  • Use in wreaths

  • Cut stems off and display blooms in a bowl


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How To Dry Flowers


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  • Gather fresh flowers from your garden or grab a store bought bouquet.

  • Make sure you have at least 6 inches of stem.

  • Strip off all leaves

  • Gather up to 6 flowers in a small bundle and wrap with twine or string until secure. Tie a knot. Make sure to leave long tails to tie a loop at the end for hanging.


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  • Hang upside down in a cool dark, dry place such as a basement or dark corner of your home for 2-3 weeks. In past years I have hung them from the exposed beams in the basement and on our wire shelving units.

  • Once your flowers are dry, lightly spray them with unscented hairspray for durability.


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NOTE: for hydrangeas, simply strip leaves and leave stems in a dry vase for a few weeks!


How to store dried florals


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Like I mentioned earlier, using flowers from your garden year to year means there's no need to store anything off season; however, if you'd like to store your dried florals, place them in a tissue paper lined box and cover. Store them in a cool dark place.


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