The process of drying flowers involves hanging them in a warm, dry location for several weeks. Gather a variety of freshly cut flowers, rubber bands, a pair of pruning shears, and twine or string.
- Gather the flowers
Flowers dry best when cut at their peak or when they are about to bloom. Flowers do not dry well if cut when they are already wilting or in poor condition. Cut a selection of wildflowers, or use blooms from a florist.
- Prepare the flowers
Use pruning shears to remove all foliage, leaving only the stem and the bloom. When drying flowers with small blooms, gather the stems into bunches that are large enough to fill your closed hand. Wrap a rubber band around the stems about 1 to 2 inches below the blooms. Double the band until it fits firmly because the stems shrink during the drying process and the band keeps the stems secure. When drying large flowers, such as hydrangeas, work with the blooms individually so that they receive adequate air flow.
- Hang the flowers
Choose a warm, dry location to hang the flowers for several weeks. Tie a piece of twine or string around the stems, and hang the bunch upside down from a rod or rafter.