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Drying Flowers

Drying flowers are very popular and looks beautiful in home decoration. These flowers stay for long time and use in different decorations. There are several methods of drying flowers. I will discuss some of them for you.

Pressing

This method is very popular and more commonly used.  For drying flowers, the things you need are books and flowers. What you have to do is, just place the flower between the books and weight the surface with other books. After few days, your dried flowers will be in your hand. Violets and pansies look wonderful after drying.

Air Drying

This method is best for drying bouquet or a coursage. Just join the flowers tightly and bind them together. Take off all the leaves of flowers because leaves hold water and slow down the drying process. To keep them bright and colorful, hang them in a cool and dark room but the room should be airy. This will stop decaying. This is a long process and almost takes a month or more. You will see the stem will dry out. Now it is ready to place any where.

Oven Drying

Oven drying is one of the most interesting ways to dry out the flowers.  What you have to do is, just preheat oven to the lowest centigrade and put the flowers on oven tray, or on a cookie sheet enclosed with parchment paper. To remove the humidity, keep open door of the oven. It takes too much time, but for best result dries them overnight. Marigolds, zinnias, cornflowers, and chrysanthemums are best for oven drying.

Dessicant Drying

This process gives you best results. The trendiest dessicant is silica, which you can get from craft stores.  First you have to dry the product in the oven. Then put it in a pot with air tight lid. Flowers with solid heads, for example carnations, can be dried without losing its face down.  Delicate flowers often loose their face down.
Cleaning

Dried flowers are very difficult to clean. So to clean them, use duster feather and clean it very gently. You can get good result by dry them with the help of blow dryer.