Preserve Flowers

Top Ways To Preserve Flowers and Keep Memories Alive

Has the colour and texture of your beautiful flowers started to fade? Flowers only stay fresh and appealing for a few days and start to lose their fragrance, shape, and colour after a certain time. It is very heartbreaking as the gestures of someone's love and affection start to wear out. However, there is a solution!

You can use drying techniques and keep the flowers preserved for a long time. Consequently, you don't have to throw your wedding anniversary flowers, birthday flowers, etc, after a certain time. This way, one can keep the memories alive for a long time as dried florals last more than fresh ones.   

There are various techniques which one can use to dry flowers. Now, you might be wondering which one is the best for you. For this reason, we have explained various flower drying techniques in easy steps. Hence, you can go through each one of them, and decide what's suitable for you. So, without any further ado, let's get started.

Top Ways To Keep Flowers Preserved For Long

Air Drying

It is one of the basic but effective ways of drying flowers. Air Drying is suitable for bigger flower arrangements like bouquets and larger flowers such as sunflowers. However, this process takes a long time as you have to leave the florals to get them air-dried naturally. So, there is nothing much you can do to fasten up the process. They only dry at their natural pace. Air drying the flowers involves the following steps:

  • Strip the extra leaves and foliage from the blooms. Also, cut the stem to the desired length. Moreover, to retain the flowers' colour, do not expose them to direct sunlight. 
  • You can hang the flowers one by one or the whole bouquet. Alternatively, you can use a bunch of flowers and put a rubber band to keep them together.
  • Find a dark area with good air circulation. For instance, you can use an old closet or similar place to keep the flowers safe.
  • Use a hanger to keep the flowers in an upside-down position. It will help keep the stems straight so that they don't look weird after completely drying up.

  • Let the flowers dry up naturally for 2-3 weeks, and keep checking in between if they have completely dried up or not. Afterwards, remove them from the hanger and coat them with unscented hairspray. 

Depending upon the surrounding environment and weather, the flowers can take a few weeks to dry. To check if they have properly dried, touch them, and make sure they don't have any moisture. Also, the texture of the dried flowers must feel like paper.

Microwave Drying

Drying the flowers in a microwave is faster as compared to air-drying. So, whether you want to dry and preserve your wedding flowers or graduation congratulations flowers, you can do it in a few minutes! However, keep in mind that you also need silica gel for this process. Silica gel keeps the shape of the flowers intact and can be used multiple times. Here are the steps for microwave flower drying:

  • Put the flowers in a microwave-safe box or container. Make sure that the container's size is suitable to hold the flowers, and fits the microwave. Also, don't use the same vessel for having meals after the process is completed. 
  • Put silica gel in the container up to 1-2 inches (the amount varies according to the size of the flowers). Place them in an upside-down position, and put more gel on the petals. Be gentle to ensure you don't damage the delicate petals. 
  • Place the container in the microwave while keeping it uncovered from the top. The ideal microwave temperature varies for different flowers, so you have to adjust it in real-time. Preferably start from 1-2 levels above defrost and go for two to five minutes. Flowers like daisies must be dried at low heat while the ones like roses can bear more temperature. 
  • Keep checking the flower drying progress after every 30 seconds. Besides, you can adjust the time and temperature according to the requirement. 
  • After the flowers are dried properly, don't take the container out from the microwave; just cover it immediately. Let it stay in the same position for a few minutes. Afterwards, remove the container from the microwave, slightly open it, and leave it for one day.
  • Finally, remove the silica gel from the flowers with a soft brush without damaging the petals. You can use an acrylic spray to scent the flowers if you want. One can get the spray from major craft stores.

Microwave drying is quicker but can't preserve the flower looks as much as air drying. For this reason, you need to perform this process when the flowers haven't lost their colour completely. Otherwise, you may end up getting a dull brownish colour.

Uses of Preserved Flowers

Once your preserved flowers are ready, you can use them for decoration, gifting, etc. Some of the common ideas to use preserved flowers are as follows: 

  • Create a handmade bouquet for an occasion like a birthday, festival, graduation, etc.
  • Use essential oils on dried flowers to give them a nice aroma.
  • Assemble a shadow box using meaningful blooms and additional items. 
  • Create an elegant necklace by pressing flowers in glass beads.
  • Make holiday-special ornaments by combining resin and glitter with dried flowers.
  • Give a unique vibe to a space with jars filled with appealing dried flowers.
  • Decorate the door by arranging dried flowers in a ring shape.
  • Make a great wall art by framing pressed flowers and a poem or quote written by you.
  • Use dried flowers dipped in wax to design an everlasting showpiece for the table.

Apart from these ideas, you can use your creativity and design unique items to enhance the look & feel of your home, office, and other places. 

How To Get Ready Made Preserved Flowers in A Short Time?

The methods mentioned above are good for preserving flowers. But, if you don't want to invest the time and effort in these processes and get pre-designed preserved flowers, we have a solution! You can go with "Sola Wood" flowers.

Sola wood flowers are an eco-friendly alternative for preserved flowers. Besides, they are chemical-free and hand-dyed in beautiful colours. You can shop for a preserved flower bouquet in Singapore online at affordable prices from Floral Spell. 

Floral Spell is the leading online florist in Singapore. Our sola wood flower range consists of products with diverse and appealing designs. Moreover, you get the option to choose a scent to give the florals your favourite fragrance. Also, sola wood flowers last way more than the preserved ones prepared at home. These benefits make Floral Spell an obvious choice for preserved flowers delivery in Singapore at the best market rates. In addition, you can choose from a variety of designs suitable for various occasions.


After going through the above ways, you can effectively keep the flowers preserved for a long time. Both techniques have their pros and cons, so you can choose one according to your preferences. Alternatively, you can order preserved flowers from a renowned florist like Floral Spell; if you want to skip all the hassle related to the process. Either way, you get preserved flowers that keep your memories alive for a long time. Consequently, your heart is filled with love, joy, and nostalgia whenever you take a look at those flowers.