3 Easy Ways to Preserve Flowers

3 Easy Ways to Preserve Flowers

Discover 3 of the most popular, simplest ways to preserve your flowers.

3 Easy Flower Preserving Techniques

Start with fresh, blemish-free flowers just beginning to bud — they’re less likely to lose petals as they dry. Next, match your flowers to the appropriate preserving technique:

1. Air Drying
Best for robust flowers like roses, dahlias, peonies and zinnias; and small, lasting flowers like lavender, heather and baby’s breath.


  1. Strip stems of leaves, then tightly bundle the stems together with a rubber band
  2. Hang in a dark, dry space like a closet or attic and let dry for 3-4 weeks
  3. When they’re crisp to the touch, spray with hair spray to help them hold their form

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2. Pressing
Best for flat, delicate flowers and foliage such as pansies, violas, Queen Anne’s lace and fern leaves.


  1. Sandwich flowers between two sheets of tissue paper and slide between the pages of a heavy book (phonebook, dictionary, encyclopedia)
  2. Let dry for 7-10 days
  3. Open the book and voila — beautiful, paper-thin blooms

3. Silica Gel
Best for roses, asters, carnations, marigolds, dahlias, larkspur, geraniums, zinnias and mums.

Available at most craft stores and garden centers, silica gel is a granular substance that draws moisture out of flowers without dulling their color. You can use it for general drying and microwave drying. Processes vary from flower to flower so refer to the package for detailed directions.

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