How to dry flowers quickly. Effortless Oven Dried Flowers for Crafts and then how to make your own DIY potpourri too! Make baked dried flowers for crafts! For more floral ideas see my Plants page.

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Today I am going to show you the process of drying flowers in oven 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 DIY 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 in oven. Let’s get started~

How to Oven Dried Flowers for Crafts


  • Flowers: Roses, Sunflowers, Zinnia, Small Daisy’s, etc.
  • Baker Drying Racks
  • Sharp Kitchen Knife


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Trim the entire stem off of the flowers leaving only the top blooms.

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  • Spread the blooms evenly on the drying racks.
  • Set oven to 150-200 degrees Fahrenheit depending on how low your oven will set. I used my Convection oven setting to 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.
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Let them cool and they are ready to use for crafts or a potpourri mixture.

How to Make Dried Flowers

How to Air Dry Flowers

Air dry flowers by bunching the stems together and hang them upside down out of direct sunlight.

How to do Silica Gel Flower Drying 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.

How to Press 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 of the book containing the flower. This method takes a couple of weeks to dry the flower.

How to Vase Dry Flowers

Leave stems in a vase and remove water.

I hope this post helped you with drying out your flowers! Don’t throw away those beautiful bouquets from your hunny, make them into the potpourri that lasts all year!

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  1. How long do the flowers last after?

    1. Hi Madison,
      It depends on the flower and how delicate the petals are. They can last 1-3 years or longer with proper care. They last longer in low humidity and keep them out of direct sunlight and bright light. If you want longer-lasting they would need to be preserved in a glycerin bath. Try your local florist for a preserving service.

  2. Mary Nelson says:

    I have roses from my mother’s funeral service. It’s been two months, they are naturally dried out in a vase of water. Please advise can I preserve them at this point.

    1. Hi Mary,
      There are lots of ways to preserve flowers. You can use a spray, mold them into epoxy resin, soak them in glycerin and/or have them freeze-dried. I would do a Google search and find the way that fits your needs best. The freeze drying sounds interesting to me. Contact a local florist and ask if they have a service they use.

  3. Hi Kim, can you please specify if it’s 175-200 degrees Fahrenheit or Celcius? Thanks.

    1. Hi Nathalie, it is 175-200 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. Linda Chan says:

    Hi Kim, thanks for sharing your ways of drying flowers. I have tried using the oven method and my anniversary flowers turned out really great. Just to share a web which I came across which features adoring dried flowers

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