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10/5/16

Drying Rose Buds with Silica Gel


Roses are among the most beautiful flowers. They are on my list of favorites. I especially love Rose buds and want to keep them forever! Drying flowers is a very old technique and many materials have been used in the process. Silica Gel is a good dessicant, it gives fast results and works wonders with wrapped around petal flowers like Roses

 
Materials:

Rose Buds
Silica Gel {available at craft stores}
Scissors
Plastic box with a lid {airtight container tall enough to fit your flowers}
Paper Towels 
Soft small brush


Instructions:
  1. Place a sheet of paper towel inside a plastic box.
  2. Add a layer of Silica Gel.
  3. Cut your Rose bud stems depending on how long you want them using your scissors.
  4. Place your Rose buds inside the plastic box on the Silica Gel facing up.
  5. Cover them with Silica Gel until completely covered. 
  6. Seal the plastic box with the lid tightly. 
  7. Keep it at room temperature and away from the light for about two weeks. 
  8. After two weeks carefully remove the lid of the plastic box.
  9. Remove your Rose buds from the Silica Gel. 
  10. Carefully remove Silica Gel crystals from petals using a small soft brush.



You can use your dried Rose buds in many projects. You can preserve your wedding bouquet, use them in home decor, etc. I made myself a ring.

TIP: Although Silica Gel might come a little pricey you can reuse it.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth. Crafts Designer & Stylist, Author, Instructor. Makes creativity a ritual. Aesthetically reactive to beautiful things. 
Mission: to inspire you.

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