Dry Your Keepsake Flowers Using ACTÍVA’s Flower Art Silica Gel
Do you have a special arrangement or bouquet that you would like to
preserve for many years to come? By using ACTÍVA’s Flower Drying Art
silica gel, you can relive this memorable occasion by drying your flowers.
What a wonderful way to save your precious memories! So simple to use!
ACTÍVA's Flower Art Silica Gel – I used to two 5 lb boxes to speed up the process
Microwavable plastic containers with tight fitting lids (do not use these for food)
Decorative wide mouthed crystal container or shadowbox
Cotton balls or ACTÍVA Products colored sand
Microwavable cup with water
Cut the flower stems to about 1 ½” long. Original stems may be dried and
re-attached with floral wire and tape after drying. To use the original stems,
it would be best to cut a 4” wire and poke it into the stem of the flower and
then loop it back up to wire the stem on later. Pour the silica gel into the
container to a depth of 1 ½” deep. The flower should be able to stand face
up in the silica.
Make sure the flowers do not touch each other.
Build the silica up around the base of the flower by gently sprinkling silica gel
around it and then sift it on the top and sides of the flower. Tap the container
to make sure silica sinks into all the petals of the flower.
Completely cover the flowers with the silica gel. There are two ways to preserve
your flowers. One method is to put the lid on the plastic container and let it set
2 – 7 days in a dry place depending on the type and thickness of flower. Read
the enclosed instructions to see the timetable for each type of flower. The method
I used is the microwave method.
Place the uncovered container in the microwave with a cup full of water
in a microwavable cup. I heated mine on medium power in one-minute
increments according to the drying sheet enclosed in your box of silica gel.
I microwaved my flowers 3 1/2 minutes checking often for dryness. The silica
gel will be very hot, so allow this to cool to room temperature. This may take
I arranged my dried flowers in a crystal wide mouth container. You could
either pour colored sand in the bottom of the container for height or use
cotton balls to elevate the flowers. I sprayed my arrangement with hairspray
to preserve them even further.
To reactivate the silica gel, place in a shallow pan in an oven heated to 250
degrees Fahrenheit for no less than 5 hours. The pink and white crystals will
return to a blue hint when it is ready to be used again. What a fun way to
preserve your memories!!
Artwork and Photography by Karen Lowrey