Drying Flowers With Silica Gel
Silica Gel. The most wonderful sand in the world.
As you know, I am a pressing/drying flower enthusiast. Love it. The problem with weighted presses or irons is that the flower gets distorted to a two-dimensional shape. I want the whole flower. 3-D and all. Silica Gel is the way to go.
What is Silica Gel?
This gel is a substance that has the same consistency as sand. When you first open the box, it will start off blue and then as you dry flowers in it, slowly turn to white.
Blue = Ready to Use White = Full of Moisture
Once the sand is white, all you do is pop it in the oven at 200F for two-three hours (or until it turns blue again). Then, wala, presto it’s ready. This technique is very reusable.
Steps to Drying
1. Get a sealed tight container, one with a lid
2. Cover the bottom of the container 1/4 inches thick with sand
3. Get the flowers you want to dry. I recommend roses, tulips, and daffodils. Although, I have dried everything and anything in it (ranging from Bells of Ireland to Snapdragons).
4. Cut flower so there is 1/4 inch of stem
5. Place flowers face up in the container. The 1/4 inch of silica gel should hold up the flower straight.
6. Cover the flower with the rest of the sand. (Make sure you get in the cracks and crevices)
7. Wait 4 – 5 Days. The more moisture the flower holds the greater the wait time. Tulips take 4 days, while roses take 5.
8. Dump your sand into a new container and shake your flowers out!
Well, easy right? What a wonderful pressed flower. Try it for yourself and tell me how it goes!
With my dried flowers I created a Spring Wreath. Follow my blog, to get the latest updates (like the making of this wreath in the next few weeks!)