Drying Flowers with the Microwave

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By General Craft Contributor Michelle

Have you every tried drying your own flowers to use for decoration, or for your craft projects?  Cut drying time down to minutes, instead of days, using the microwave.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cut flowers from your yard, or garden when they are dry.  Or even use a store-bought bouquet.  Cut your stems to within about an inch of the flowerhead.  Pour a couple of inches of drying crystals into the bottom of your container–I used a glass bread pan.  Lay a couple of flowers, face up, onto the drying crystals.  (Try to select flowers that have about the same density–don’t dry somthing delicate, like a petunia, with a dense flower, like a zinnia.)  Carefully sift crytals around the flowers, and into the petals.

Carefully sift the crystals around, and into the petals of the flowers until they are completely covered.

Place the dish into the microwave, and set for 1-2 minutes for small, delicate flowers, 3-5 minutes for larger, denser flowers.  To begin, I suggest you start small, 1-2 minutes, and then add 30 second intervals until your flowers are dry.  My zinnias took 5 minutes. Use hotpan holders to remove the dish from the microwave, as it will be hot.  The flowers will continue to dry as the gel cools, so adjust as needed.

When the flowers are dry, use your fork to carefully dig your flowers out of the crystals.  Gently tap the flowers to remove excess crystals.  Now use your beautifully dried flowers for display, or in your craft projects.

Happy Crafting!

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