Fresh flowers don’t last forever unless they are properly preserved. Drying and pressing flowers are the most popular ways of preserving their beauty. While their colours will fade and change to some degree, they still look lovely when used in various forms of art. So, when you receive a fresh bouquet of flowers or when your garden is in bloom, why not take advantage and pick plenty of flowers for drying? Some flowers are best dried by hanging them upside down while others are best suited for pressing. Either way, once the flowers are dry, it’s important to store them properly in order to ensure that they aren’t ruined.
The first thing to remember is that your pressed flowers need to be stored in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight and heat. Sunlight will cause the flowers to fade and heat will result in them becoming increasingly brittle. Moisture will result in the flowers rotting which is why you might like to add some silica pouches (like those you find in shoe boxes) to keep moisture at bay. This means that they are best stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place like a cupboard in a room that’s not particularly humid.
Another point to keep in mind is that acrylic sealer can help keep the elements from affecting your dried flowers. If you are planning on making a design that you want to enjoy for a long time, it’s worth investing in this technique. Dust is something that you might not be able to avoid – unless you are placing your dried bouquet inside a box frame. Some people say that you can keep dust at bay by gently misting the dried flowers from time to time. Others disagree with this method for obvious reasons. If you want to try this method, do so on just one or two flowers rather than spraying the whole bunch.
Some types of flowers and greenery will lose their bright colours when they are dried. To prevent severe colour loss, you can soak your flowers or foliage in the appropriate dye before drying them out. If you want to prevent the flowers from turning too brittle once dry, you can also add some fabric softener to this mixture.
Don’t forget to layer your dried flowers carefully inside the container once they are completely dried. Do not store your flowers unless they have dried out entirely. If you want to store several layers of flowers or petals, you can do so safely by placing white tissue paper or parchment paper in between each layer. If you plan on creating a substantial collection, you might like to set aside a separate box for each flower type. This will make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for when you need it.