How do I dry flowers?

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I have some BIG, beautiful flowers from my Russian Lilac, that I want to dry, and spray paint. How do I dry the flowers? The flowers are huge, very similar to hydrangeas? The individual florets are smaller, and the flowers are more pointed.
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  • Deanie Winter Deanie Winter on Sep 02, 2016
    Lilacs dry on their own. It is never necessary to do anything extraordinary to them. I have a bouquet from my garden that has lasted for over 5 years and is still growing strong. Pick them and enjoy!

  • Deanie Winter Deanie Winter on Sep 02, 2016
    Oops! Just let them dry before spray painting!

  • Void Strongvillage Void Strongvillage on Sep 03, 2016
    I've heard you're supposed to put silica gel pellets into a big rubbermaid tub, you bury the flowers inside it with closed lid in a dark closet or under your bed, then wait a week and they petrify into position, the petals never losing their color.

  • V Nichols V Nichols on Sep 03, 2016
    If you hang them upside down to dry, they will keep their shape.

  • Laney Laney on Sep 03, 2016
    I hang mine upside down ,they work better...keep there shape After drying used a lot of hair spray on them it help to hold there shape ,then you can do what you choose paint what ever...

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    • V Nichols V Nichols on Sep 03, 2016
      I just tie some twine around the stems and hang them from a planter hook, or you could hang them on a closet clothes rail. Anything like that, just not in the bathroom...too much moisture. The drier the room the better.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Sep 03, 2016
    Cut blooms just before or as close to the peak bloom has been reached. Hang upside down in a dark, dry, well ventilated place. Takes about 3 weeks. If you use silica, sand, or borax to bury the blooms in you run the chance of damage to the blooms.

  • Marie Alesi Caruana Marie Alesi Caruana on Sep 03, 2016
    I hang my hydrangeas after taking off the leaves, then tie a bunch together at the stem end and then hang them upside down in a cool, dry place. I was able to use the same flowers for 2 years in various wreaths without damaging them. Hair spray does help too.

  • Laney Laney on Sep 03, 2016
    Leave some steam on the flower when you cut it and if you got like a laundry rack Tyler Flowers upside down with a string and hanging in the laundry room put it in her room so it won't be disturbed some flowers take a while to dry out depending what kind they are

  • Laney Laney on Sep 03, 2016
    Tie flower upside down...