The month of graduations, weddings, anniversaries... your garden blooming with flowers!
It's filled with so much activity, that it's easy to "forget" to do something extra.But, I am here to remind you of one of the easiest Summer crafts to do with materials that you'll have readily available thanks to all of those celebrations and your garden...
Drying flower petals !
There are many ways suggested, but I am concentrating on the easiest today because I also know you have no time to deal with an activity.
These can be removed from the vases (or if they were hand held bouquets, they may be ready to go directly to the hanging step.).
Clip all wet stem and leaf material off. Tie kitchen twine around the dry part of the stem near the base of the flowers. Invert and hang upside down in a cool, dark, and NOT humid place. I like my laundry room area in the basement.You can even clip the tied bouquet strings onto a hanger and hang it on your drying rod, away from the clothes.
It wll take weeks to the fully dry a bouquet but you won't have time to work with the flowers until Fall anyway. Then, snip off the flowers from the stem and create a floral potpourri! You can add scented oils and create your own "house blend."
This is much quicker than drying whole flowers.
Remove clean, dry, non diseased or damaged petals from flowers. Roses work extremely well and come off with a firm snap using your thumb. Otherwise, use small, sharp scissors. Remove each petal individually. You don't want to macerate or bruise the petals.
Next, place the petals in between sheets of newspaper on a flat surface in a cool, dark, NOT humid, place. The petals should be a single layer thick with newspaper under and over. Leave them alone and check for dryness weekly, should take 1-2 weeks depending on your humidity. This is the best chance for retaining color, as other methods such as sun drying or microwave will bleach out more color.
Once the petals are dry, store in an airtight container--glass jars are great.
They'll be ready for you to float in your fountain for a romantic party, to make potpourri from, or...my favorite idea... make some floral scented sugars. This is done by layering fragrant petals between pure cane sugar in a glass jar (see Oct 26, 2013 post for details for geranium scented sugar)