Today I am going to show you how to dry flowers to use in craft projects or potpourri. My husband sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for my anniversary and instead of tossing out the flowers when they started to die I dried them out and made some Spring Citrus Potpourri.
I am so impatient, I wanted to dry the flowers out fast instead of waiting two weeks for nature to do it for me. Funny how we live in that “I want it now” mode these days. We are all so spoiled. Here is a super easy way to dry flowers, using your oven. Let’s get started~
Oven Dried Flowers
- Flowers: roses, sunflowers, zinnia, small daisy’s, etc.
- Baker drying racks
- Sharp kitchen knife
Set oven to 150-200 degrees depending on how low your oven will set. I used my Convection oven setting on 175 degrees. Bake the flowers for 1.5-2.5 hours.
Check your flower tops every half hour and if they are dry remove them so they will not burn. Large thicker blooms will take longer to dry and small thin blooms will dry very quickly.
More Easy Ways to Dry Flowers
- Air Dry: Air dry flowers by bunching the stems together and hang them upside down out of direct sunlight.
- Silica Gel Method: Cut flower tops and add to an airtight box of silica gel to dry. Checking for dryness in a few days, up to a couple of weeks.
- Pressing Flowers: Pressing flowers or leaves in a book or between two wood boards. Cover the flower with a paper towel, place flower between pages and close to press. Place heavy books or objects on top if the book containing the flower. This method takes a couple of weeks to dry the flower.
- Vase Drying: Leave stems in a vase and remove water.
I hope this post helped you with drying flowers!
Don’t throw away those beautiful bouquets from your hunny, make them into the potpourri that lasts all year!
Check out more of my Floral & Essential Oils posts~