The Easiest Way to Dry Flowers in a Microwave

It's so easy to dry flowers in the microwave!  Learn about this method of flower drying in this helpful post.  #driedflowers #flowerdrying

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Flower drying has never been easier thanks to ACTÍVA® Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel and your trusty microwave!  It's true that you can not only dry flowers in a microwave, but also preserve the flowers' natural beauty for years to come!  This is, by far, the easiest and best way to dry flowers in a microwave.

 

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The Easiest Way to Dry Flowers in a Microwave

 

Step 1:

Before beginning the flower drying process, it's important to read your microwave's manual and know its heating power level.  Then, get a microwave-safe container that will accommodate the depth, size, and shape of the flowers you want to dry. 

 

Step 2:

Pour Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel into the microwave-safe container to a depth of one to one-and-a-half inches.  Cut flower stems to about one to two inches in length.  Place the flowers to be dried face up on the surface of the Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel.  Pour more Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel around the base of the flowers, covering the centers of the flowers carefully.  Take care not to crush any of the flowers' petals.

Pour Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel around the flowers to dry flowers in a microwave.

 

Pour Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel around the flowers to dry flowers in a microwave.

 

Step 3:

Put the container with the flowers into the microwave.  Make sure there is no lid on the container.  Then, place a glass of water (1 cup of water) in the back of the microwave.  

Place a microwave-safe container with Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel and flowers in the microwave.

 

Step 4:

Set the power level of the microwave to medium, and set the cook time according to this timetable:

Drying Time (Medium Power)

Types of Flowers

1 to 2 minutes

Small flowers:  pansies, violas, baby’s breath, buttercup, feverfew, heather, ferns, and other small open-faced flowers

2 to 3 minutes

Medium flowers:  azalea, calendula, daisy, aster, bachelor button, larkspur, delphinium, foxglove, and other multi-petaled flowers

3 to 3.5 minutes

Large, dense flowers:  roses, carnations, gardenia, marigold, hydrangea, hyacinth, chrysanthemum, orchid, snapdragon, stock, peony

 

Adjustments will be made for things like the number of flowers in the container and the density and size of the flowers.  The timetable is a guideline. 

If flowers are dried in the microwave for too long, they will become over-dry and will lose their color or become discolored.

 

Step 5:

Remove the container of flowers from the microwave with pot holders.  Make sure to use caution when removing the container, as the Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel will be very hot.  Set the container on a heat-resistant surface and do not disturb the Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel in the container until it is completely cool.

Flowers will continue to dry as the Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel cools.  Once cooled, if flowers have not completely dried, re-cover the flowers with Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel, refill the glass with water, and microwave on medium power for one to two more minutes - repeating this process until the flowers are fully dried, but taking care not to over-dry them.

 

Step 6:

Once you've fully dried flowers in the microwave, make a beautiful creation with them!  Place them in a vase with gorgeous shades of decorative colored sand, or make a beautiful dried flower craft project.  

Create a beautiful dried flower and colored sand arrangement with flowers dried in the microwave.

 

Create a beautiful dried flower and colored sand arrangement with flowers dried in the microwave.

 

Don't forget that Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel is able to be re-used by following the instructions in the package. There is truly no limit to the amount of dried flowers you can make!  

 

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