The best method of drying flowers depends on the type of flower, the length of time available to dry them completely and the use. Flowers can be dried by using a microwave, covering with silica gel pellets, pressing inside a book or hanging upside down.
The quickest way to dry flowers is by using a microwave. Place each flower to be dried in a microwaveable bowl. Cover the bloom completely with 4 cups of kitty litter, then microwave on high for two to three minutes. Brush off the flower once the litter has cooled.
Use silica gel for realistic-looking dried flowers. As with the litter, cover the flowers completely with gel pellets. It may take a week to 10 days for the flowers to dry completely. For this method, use sturdy flowers, such as roses or zinnias.
Pressing flowers is a simple method used to dry flowers for wall art, jewelry and craft projects. Any large book, such as a dictionary, works. Separate and arrange flowers face down between pieces of parchment or wax paper inside the book and close tightly. After seven to 10 days, open the book and gently remove the flowers.
The most common method of drying flowers is to gather them together in a bouquet and hang them upside down. The flowers are dry after hanging a few weeks in a dark, well-ventilated area. This method preserves the flowers together in the arrangement.