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Drying and Preserving Flowers with Silica Gel

Drying and Preserving Flowers with Silica Gel
Materials Needed for Drying Flowers with Silica Gel
  • Silica gel
  • Airtight glass or plastic container
  • Flowers
  • Scissors or garden pruners
  • Small squeeze bottle
  • Mod Podge or hairspray to seal flower from moisture
  • Optional: Microwave and cup of water


1. Cut your flower & leave no more than 1-inch of stem: roses can be cut shorter.

2. Place a full petaled flower such as a rose, face up into a bed of 2-inch silica gel lining the bottom of plastic container at least 3 inches taller than the flower.

--Flat faced flowers such as gerbera daisy place face down in sand.

--Long strand flowers like amaranth place on its side on bed of silica.

3. Use squeeze bottle to gently cover the flowers completely with more silica gel until completely submerged 2- 3 inches deep  

4. Place an airtight lid on the container and leave it for 3-7 days until flowers completely dry.

OR: MICROWAVE for 1 minute with cup of water also in microwave”

5. Open the container and remove the flowers very carefully. Brush off any remaining crystals with a paintbrush.

6. Put away in airtight container with light layer of silica sand on bottom to keep moisture out.

Optional: Spray with hair spray or brush a coat of Mod Podge to seal moisture out.

*Use the flowers for wreaths, decorations and arrangements

Drying and Preserving Flowers with Silica Gel

Shirley Bovshow shows you just how easy it is to preserve your flowers at home and turn them into a work of art! 

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