Whether the flower is from a special occasion or you just want to capture a bit of beauty to save for later, Laundry borax offers one of the least expensive and easiest ways to dry flowers for arrangements and crafts. You'll need just a few items and a bit of patience.
What You Need
- Borax Powder - Shop For Borax On Amazon.com
- Plain Ground Cormeal or Rolled Oats
- Shoe box or container with lid
Best Flowers For Drying With Borax
- Bells of Ireland
- Lily of the Valley
- Queen Anne's Lace
How to Prepare Flowers To Dry With Borax
Start by removing the leaves and cutting the steam the desired length. If you want to preserve only the head of the flower, cutting the stem near the base of the petals. If you plan to add an artificial wire stem, do it now by creating a small crook on one end of the wire and slipping the wire though the center of the flower head. The fresher the flower from the garden, the better it will look when it is dried.
If you have flowers from a florist or corner store, submerge and soak them in water for 20 minutes before beginning the drying process. This will help remove any preservative that has been added.
Allow the flowers to dry completely before proceeding.
How To Dry Flowers With Borax
Mix the amount of drying medium you need by mixing one part borax with two parts cornmeal or rolled oats. Place about one inch of mixture evenly in the bottom of the box.
There are two ways to place the flowers in the mixture - face up or horizontally.
If want to do face up which is great for flat flowers like zinnias, Queen Anne's Lace and even daffodils, cut the stems around one and one-half inches. Insert the stems into the bottom layer of the borax mixture. Place the flowers in the box at least two inches apart. Do not crowd the individual blossoms. Slowly cover the blooms with more of the drying medium. Sprinkle it in gently so that the flowers are not crushed. Cover the flowers completely.
Follow the same steps for horizontal placement. Just remember, you will need a deeper box so the thicker blossom head can be completely covered. Add the borax mixture in thin layers so that it reaches each petal.
Cover the box with a lid and place it in a warm, dry room. Do not disturb the box for at least one week. Carefully check the flowers to see if they are dry. Drying time will vary from one to three weeks. A rose can take up to two weeks if it is tightly closed. Smaller, thinner-petaled flowers dry more quickly. It is important to check often because if left for too long, the flowers can look "burned".
Remove the flowers from the box when dry. Gently brush or blow away the borax mixture that may cling to the petals. Use the dried flowers for crafts or home decorations.
The remaining borax mixture can be reused. If it feels damp, it can be spread on a baking sheet and warmed in a 150 degree oven for 30 minutes to dry. If you don't plan to use it again right away, pour into an air tight container and label until the next use.
Create More Crafts With Borax
Once you've master drying flowers with borax, you may want to try your hand at other laundry room borax crafts: