As many of you already know, dried flowers make a wonderful addition to your home. Unlike fresh flowers, dried flowers will last a very long time (2 - 3 years), and add a rustic feel to the overall décor of the space.
While we have a wonderful array of dried flowers bouquets and arrangements available to purchase, we know that the enthusiasts among you want to try this process out for yourselves. If that sounds like you, you have come to exactly the right place.
In today’s post we will discuss how you can dry your own flowers at home. We’ll even throw in some expert Pampas Living advice, just for you.
Can you dry your own flowers?
The short answer to this question is: yes, absolutely! The process of drying your own flowers can take up to three weeks to complete, but at the end, you will be left with a gorgeous selection of dried flowers that are ready to display in your home.
How do you dry your own flowers? Firstly, you need a dark, cool space to place the fresh flowers, such as an empty cupboard or wardrobe. You should hang the flowers upside down using string when they are in full bloom before they begin to wilt. Gently remove any unwanted leaves, browned petals and cut off the end of the stalks where they have been sitting in water. The simply leave them for two to three weeks to dry out naturally.
In the drying process, your fresh flowers will lose their moisture and contract, turning into the kind of dry flowers you’ll see in our online shop. If you want to speed up the drying process, our tip is to use a dehumidifier. This is particular beneficial if you choose to dry flowers in the wardrobe as it will also help to prevent the build up of mould and bacteria for your clothes.
What are the best flowers to dry at home?
Here’s some Pampas Living wisdom for you: some flowers are easy to dry, while others are best avoided.
The best flowers to dry at home and some of our favourites include:
- Helichrysum (Strawflower).
- Gypsophila (Baby's Breath).
- and of course; Pampas Grass!
This isn’t an exhaustive list - there are hundreds of types of flowers you can dry at home - but these are some of the best ones to dry at home.
There aren’t many flowers that don’t dry nicely, but we recommend avoiding tulips, stocks, lilies and chrysanthemum as they don’t dry so well.
Combine easily accessible flowers and foliage for a long-lasting bouquet
Most people want to dry flowers that are easy to get hold of, such as those stocked in supermarkets and garden centres. Most of the flowers listed in the previous section can be accessed easily from such places, or even picked wild in some cases!
When planning to display your dried flowers, you should think about the combination you would like to see in your home. One way of doing this is by buying a selection of flowers and foliage fresh, then combining them together to see how they might suit one another.
Once you are happy with your bouquet, separate each fresh flower stem, hang them in a line in your cupboard or dark room, and in a few weeks you’ll have the perfect bouquet that lasts a long time.
Why dry your own flowers?
If you hate to see your fresh flowers wilt and die, you will love drying flowers as the process pro-longs the life of the bouquets. Instead of replacing your fresh bouquet every week, you can keep a sustainable flower display for weeks and even months using dried flowers.
If you love our amazing dried flowers and want to give it a go yourself, make sure you use this guide to help you make the bouquet you want.