- 4 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
I thought about making my own shadow box to place my brooch bouquet in so that it doesn’t get dusty. As I was looking around the craft store, I though that the pre-made shadow boxes for footballs and basketballs might work! I bought the football one, and it looks awesome! I can’t wait for Darling Husband to put up a shelf so that we can display it in our house.
So pretty in the sunlight and under incandescent lighting!
For those of you with flower bouquets, I found this website that has lots of tips on how to preserve/dry real flowers:
<h2 class=”slidetitle”>How to dry flowers: With the microwave</h2>
Dry flowers in minutes instead of weeks by using a microwave. Choose the flowers for drying. One at a time, place the flower in a microwavable bowl and cover with about four cups of cat litter. Microwave on high for two to three minutes. When the cat litter is cooled, remove the flower and brush off excess.
Definitely some techniques I would have never thought of!
<h2 class=”slidetitle”>How to dry flowers: With silica gel</h2>
If you want your flowers to look just like they did in your garden, trying using silica gel. The sandy-like substance can be found at craft stores and works best with sturdy flowers like zinnias or roses. Bury your blooms in a large container of silica gel. In a few days to a week, gently uncover vibrant, preserved flowers.
<h2 class=”slidetitle”>How to dry flowers: By pressing</h2>
To use dried flowers for more than household decorating, use the pressed method. Take an encyclopedia or other heavy book. Line a page with parchment or wax paper and arrange flowers face down so they don’t overlap. Close the book and leave untouched for seven to 10 days. Once all the moisture is gone and they have a papery texture, use your pressed flowers to make bookmarks, stationary, or fill a picture frame for pretty wall art.
<h2 class=”slidetitle”>How to dry flowers: Air drying</h2>
Hanging bouquets upside down is the most traditional technique for drying flowers. Gather the flowers in a bunch and secure the stems with a rubber band. Hang upside down in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight, like from kitchen rafters or in an empty closet. Watch the petals shrink and change color, and within a few weeks you’ll have beautiful dried flowers in vintage hues. Try arranging them to make this table centerpiece.
<h2 class=”slidetitle”>How to dry flowers: The lazy way</h2>
Drying flowers in a vase is effortless. Place the stalks in a few inches of water and forget about them. Once all the water is evaporated, the flowers should be upright and perky, but dry. Hydrangeas or baby’s breath are good choices for this method, as blooms with more tender stalks might droop. Simply use the vase as a table decoration or remove the flowers, tie a ribbon around the stems and hang on the wall.