How To Dry Flowers

Dried flowers are becoming increasingly more popular. Personally, I have quite a large collection in my studio. If I have pieces or blooms left over from an order or I have done some foraging, they are immediately turned upside down and hung for drying and using at a later date.

How to Dry:

You’ll need a space that is dark and dry, and preferably warm (or hot!).

Perhaps you have a warm, dry attic that you can use or can clear out a closet in your home or studio. You’ll want to avoid spaces that are too damp or have any direct sun exposure. Sun can very quickly fade the beautiful fresh colors of your drying blooms, and moisture can slow drying and cause flowers to mold. If necessary, you can add heat or even use a dehumidifier if you can’t find a location that fits the criteria perfectly. Also, drying flowers can take up a lot of room, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when choosing the right space for your operation. However, once your flowers are dry, you can store them in clean, dry boxes to save space and make room to start drying more bunches!

DRYING

There are a few different techniques for drying flowers, but I mainly use the simplest of them: hanging bunches upside down to dry in my studio. You can create a rack or like me use old ladders hung from the ceiling. Get creative with the tools you have and make sure to leave enough space around the bunches to allow for sufficient air flow.

Remember the key factors for success with drying: darkness, dry conditions, and (preferably) warmth.

In the right place, your flowers should dry relatively quickly. It’s hard to give an exact time frame, so check them after about a week and see how they’re doing. You can tell if your flowers are dry by merely bending a stem- if it bends easily, feels supple and doesn’t break then it’s not dry enough yet. It should snap, not bend. When they’re dry, you can store them in boxes, separated by tissue paper. Flowers can re-absorb moisture even after they are totally dry, so storing any boxes or bunches in a dry place is of the utmost importance. The same goes for any finished products as well.

There are so many great flowers that can be dried: here are a few of my favourites.

Misty Lavender is to die for!  Harvest when 90% of the flowers are open- almost to the top- with a few still unopened buds at the top.

Strawflower are available in lots of colors, with Apricot/ peach and Slivery Rose being my favourites. Be aware, If the center is too developed they will often start going to seed and the centre becomes a puff of brown and looks much less attractive.

Statice offer lots of colors. The vibrant blues and purples of statice are unmatched in any other dried flowers.

Love in a Mist makes a great dried bouquet filler.

Wheat: There are many kinds of wheat available including many fun heirloom varieties and bearded wheat (Triticale), which is actually a hybrid between wheat and rye.  Wheat can be cut either when the heads have just developed to get a more green colour, or left until it has matured further and has started to turn golden.

Lavender: one of my favourites. Need to be hung in their prime after just being picked.

French Lavender

Hydrangea: dry beautifully and have an incredible range of colours from green through to pink and blue.

Pampass Grass: Dries easily. Best done as soon as they bloom and not at the end of their life. Use hairspray to stop seeds flying everywhere. Wait for the pampas grass plumes to be fully developed but not shedding. … Spritz the plumes with hairspray, coating them evenly to stop shedding.

Billy Buttons: or Craspedia. Soooo easy to cut and dry. Easiest of all these babies.

Annual Ornamental Grasses and Grains:

  • Amaranth
  • Austrostipa
  • Broom Corn
  • Cress, persian
  • Flax
  • Fountain Grass
  • Frosted Explosion Grass
  • Feather-Top Grass
  • Hares tail grass or Bunny Tail Grass
  • Oats, Wheat and Barley

Annual Flowers:

  • Ageratum
  • Celosia
  • Craspedia
  • Scabiosa, Star Flower
  • Statice Suworowii
  • Winged Everlasting

Perennial Flowers and Shrubs

  • Echinops, Globe Thistle
  • Eryngium, Sea Holly
  • Hydrangeas
  • Ornamental Oreganos
  • Roses
  • Yarrow

Enjoy creating wreaths, bouquets, cake toppers, corsages and many other amazing creations with everlasting flowers and grasses.

Some examples of my work below.

Cake topper includes silk and dried flowers.
Everlasting Wreath with Gum, Strawflowers and Native Grasses