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How to Air-Dry Flowers 
by Monica Resinger

Air-drying flowers is a simple, fun hobby that can save you money by 
providing free material to make dried flower decorations for your home 
or to give as gifts. 

It's very simple to air-dry flowers. All you need is a place to hang 
them out of direct light, rubber bands and either paperclips or 
florist wire. I have used wooden pegged coffee cup hangers and pieces 
of lattice attached to the kitchen wall as places to air-dry flowers. 
You can also insert cup hooks into a wall and use those. 

Some flowers that have air-dried well for me are: Yarrow (Achillea 
millefolium), pompon Dahlias (Dahlia hortensis), Poppy seed heads 
(Papaver somniferum), Roses (Rosa), Marjoram (Origanum vulgare), 
Delphinium, Larkspur (Consolida ambigua), Lavender (Lavandula 
Augustifolia), African Marigold (Tagetes erecta), Strawflower 
(Helichrysum bracteatum), Globe Thistle (echinops ritro), Cornflower 
(Centaurea cyanus), Statice (Limonium sinuatum), Globe amaranth 
(Gomphrena globosa), and Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) seed 

To find flowers that air-dry well, it's good practice to experiment. 
If it doesn't dry well, you gain the knowledge not to use it next 
time. Sometimes, an air-dried flower that doesn't look good to one 
person may look pleasing to another. 

With most flowers, the best stage to dry them is when they are just 
beginning to open. Depending on the flower, if you hang it too late, 
the petals will fall off. You will learn this as you experiment. 
Others, you will want to wait until the seed head is developed because 
this is the decorative part. 

The best time to cut flowers for drying is late morning after the due 
has dried and on a dry day. I like to take a wicker basket with a 
handle and my scissors with me and take a walk around the yard 
snipping what looks appealing. 

Once you have your flowers picked, you can prepare them for 
air- drying. To do this, bundle eight to ten stems with a rubber band 
at the cut end of the flowers. The rubber band works especially well 
because as the flowers dry, the stems will shrink and the rubber band 
will shrink to the appropriate size of the bunch. Now you can insert 
an unraveled paper clip or florist wire inside the rubber band and 
bend it to form a hook that the bunch can hang over a peg, piece of 
lattice or hook. Hang the bunch of flowers upside down and depending 
on the weather, they will probably take anywhere from one to three 
weeks to dry completely. You can tell they are dry completely when 
they feel crisp to the touch. 

Air-drying flowers make a fabulous decoration by themselves, but when 
they are dry, you can take them down and make dried flower 
arrangements, Christmas ornaments, dried flower wreaths and more. 

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