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How to Dry Flowers

How to Dry Flowers with Laundry Borax

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How to Dry Flowers

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Laundry borax offers one of the least expensive and easiest ways to dry flowers for arrangements and crafts. You'll need just a few items and a bit of patience.

What You Need

  • Borax powder
  • Uniodized salt
  • Shoe box or container with lid
  • Flowers

    How to Dry Flowers

    Cut the flowers near the base of the petals. The fresher the flower from the garden, the better they will look when they are dry. If you have flowers from a florist or corner store, submerge and soak them in water for 20 minutes before beginning the drying process. This will help remove any preservative that has been added. Allow the flowers to dry completely before proceeding.

    Mix two tablespoons of uniodized salt to each quart of borax. The salt will help preserve the colors in the flowers.

    Place about one inch of borax in the bottom of the box. Place your flowers in the box at least two inches apart. Do not crowd the individual blossoms. Slowly cover the blooms with borax. Sprinkle it in gently so that the flowers are not crushed. Cover completely.

    Cover the box with a lid and place it in a warm, dry room. Do not disturb the box for at least one week. Carefully check the flowers to see if they are dry. Drying time will vary. A rose can take up to two weeks if it is tightly closed. Smaller, thinner-petaled flowers dry more quickly.

    Remove the flowers from the box when dry. Gently brush or blow away the borax that may cling to the petals. Use for crafts or home decorations.

    The borax can be reused. If you don't plan to use it right away, pour into an air tight container until the next use.

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