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Preserving Your Prom Flowers

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For many young people, prom is the crowning event of their 
teenage years. Everything about the night is magical and 
they want to hang on to those memories. Those memories are 
meant to last, and you can help by preserving or drying 
her corsage so that it's almost as lovely as the day she 
received it. 


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Written By:     Wesley Berry
Copyright:      2006
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Preserving Your Prom Flowers
Copyright © 2006 Wesley Berry
Wesley Berry Flowers
http://www.800wesleys.com



For many young people, prom is the crowning event of their 
teenage years. Everything about the night is magical and 
they want to hang on to those memories. One of the most 
special parts of the evening is the gorgeous corsage her 
date chose with her and her lovely gown in mind. Those 
memories are meant to last, and you can help by preserving 
or drying her corsage so that it's almost as lovely as the 
day she received it. 

Among the most popular, tried, and true methods of 
preserving flowers is pressing them. This is an easy and 
effective method if you wish to place the flowers in a frame 
or scrapbook. To press flowers, you'll need: 

 * Two pieces of corrugated cardboard.
 * Several sheets of newspaper or white paper towels.
 * A flat board.
 * A heavy weight (bricks work nicely). 

Once you've gathered the necessary materials, follow these 
easy steps: 

1. Place one sheet of cardboard on your work surface.
2. Lay several sheets of newspaper on top of the cardboard.
3. Arrange the flowers on top of the newspaper.
4. Place several more sheets of newspaper over the flowers.
5. Set the cardboard on top of the newspaper.
6. Place the board on top of the newspaper.
7. Put the weight on top of the board.

Place the flower press in a warm dry room and allow two to 
three weeks. Check the flowers every two to three days and 
change the papers to prevent molding and help the flowers to 
dry more quickly. 

Pressing works very well if you wish to yield 
one-dimensional flowers in the end. However, if you'd like 
your flowers to retain their shape, you'll need to try 
another method, such as simple air-drying. To air dry your 
flowers: 

1. Secure the corsage to a hanger or hook so that it can 
   hang loosely upside down. 
2. Hang the flowers in a warm, dark, dry room.
3. Allow one to three weeks for complete drying.

These two methods are the most commonly used at-home methods 
for preserving flowers, but there are several more. Other 
methods include chemical drying, preserving with glycerin, 
sand drying, and preserving with shellac. Some methods are 
certainly more difficult and costly than others, so you 
should do your research before embarking on this task. Ask 
your florist if he or she has any other ideas, tips, or 
services for flower preservation. With a little time and 
effort, you can keep prom memories fresh forever. 



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Wesley Berry is the President of Wesley Berry Flowers, 
a successful multi-million dollar business that was 
established in 1946. He is also the Headmaster of the 
Professional Florists' Institute, a floral design school 
located in Michigan. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on the 
web at http://www.800wesleys.com


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