The Art of Dried Flowers

So with the countdown to the wedding about to hit fever pitch I thought I'd share one of the DIY tricks I learned while planning my on-a-budget affair. My Mom came to me with this awesome idea for throwing something at me post nuptials. I definitely rolled my eyes when she excitedly announced she was on a mission to buy a huge bag or bird seed in order to fulfill her wish. The thought of pulling seed out of my lace bustier did not strike a chord of excitement. "What about flower petals?" I asked out loud, thinking of all the colorful in-bloom flora that July naturally and abundantly produces. 

It turned out to be a great solution to a problem that I'm lucky to have.

I happen to have this silica gel that is sand-like in my arts and crafts box. I used it to keep newspaper articles I wanted to archive (it takes the acid out of the paper). But, it's really for drying flowers. 

So -- and I recommend that you adhere to the directions carefully -- we began a long and arduous journey to basket-full-of-dried-flowers-that-can-be-thrown-amicably-at-the-wedding. 

Put a thin layer of the stuff on the bottom of a glass dish. Pile petals that were briefly dried-in-the-sun (like for a day or an hour) and then cover them entirely. Put in microwave and fry them in there on high in one-minute increments. You'll know when they're done - they stay colorful and they're a bit crispy. In order to get the best re-use out of all of your materials filter the silicone out through a colander and shake gently to reveal finished flowers. 

The whole thing - if you scavenge the neighborhood (pending permission of course) will cost about $10 in new materials and about a day of your time. Dried flowers are often used in card making and scrapbooking as well. I picked my canister up in a local craft store and it has lasted almost ten years! 

Happy drying!