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The gift-giving season is upon us. Have you thought about what gifts you would like to receive this year? If you’re the type of person who is sentimental and who loves to receive flowers as gifts, here are 3 easy methods you can use to dry and preserve them for keepsake.

Method 1: Air-dry flowers

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What you need:

  1. Flowers
  2. Scissors or pruners
  3. Strings or rubber bands
  4. Hair spray

This method is one of the least expensive and less intensive. You only need the materials you already have at home and air. The process can take 2 to 3 weeks if you want them to completely dry up. Make sure to be mindful of the flowers’ fragility at this point. Lastly, to keep your flowers in good form, you can spray it with hair spray.

Method 2: Pressing flowers

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What you need:

  1. Flowers
  2. Books
  3. Flat cardboard

This method will only take a few minutes of your time to get it done. Use a flat cardboard or a sheet of unbleached paper and place them inside the pages of a book with your flowers. This will protect the pages from the moisture of the petals. After placing the flowers, use a heavy object to place on top of the book to apply pressure.

Method 3: Preserving flowers with silica gel

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What you need

  1. Flowers
  2. Silica gel
  3. Container
  4. Gloves
  5. Mask
  6. Scissors

This method is one of the best ways to preserve your flowers if you want it to look realistic. Make sure to get your mask and gloves ready if you’ll do this. After that, fill your container with one to two inches of silica gel. Place your choice of flowers facing up and fill it again with silica gel. Make sure to do this slowly to make sure petals are not flattened.

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