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How To Easily Dry Flowers and Faux Antler Dried Floral Art

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This post is sponsored by ACTIVA Products however all opinions are 100% mine. 

Like so many of you, I love real flowers and hate throwing them out. The good news is with ACTÍVA’s Flower Art Silica Gel you no longer have to! Let me show you how easy it is to dry real flowers and then I will share a fun Dried Floral Art project.

Materials Needed

ACTÍVA’s Flower Art Silica Gel

Plastic Containers With Lids (be sure not to use for food after)

Fresh flowers

Scissors

It is best to start flowers that are at their peak. I picked up two beautiful bunches of carnations at the grocery store. I loved the lilac color and knew these would be perfect for the project I had in mind. Be sure to remove any browning flowers before you start the drying process.

How To Easily Dry Real Flowers Our Crafty Mom

Start by cutting your flowers right below the bud about an inch long. Fill your plastic container about halfway with the Silica Gel

How To Easily Dry Real Flowers Our Crafty Mom

Place the flowers standing upright in the container leaving space in between each flower.

How to easily Dry flowers our Crafty mom

 

When you have all your flowers in the container be sure to completely fill it so the flowers are covered. For about 18 flowers I used one box of Silica Gel and 3 containers.
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How To Easily Dry Flowers Our Crafty Mom

Once your containers are full, place the lid on tightly and let it sit in a cool, dry area. Different types of flowers have different drying times, but the instructions tell you everything you need to know. For carnations it was recommended they sit about 3 days. You see the blue crystals in the above picture? They will actually turn white when the flowers are dry. The gel sucks out all the moisture so your flowers will stay just as vibrant as they were when you put them in the gel! The most difficult part for me is patience! I waited three days,  opened up the container and was thrilled to see these lovely flowers.

How To Easily Dry Flowers Our Crafty Mom

See wasn’t that easy? There are so many things you can create, but I have been wanting to use these faux antlers I picked up at a home décor store a while back. I love the deer art you see all over and immediately thought of creating a dried floral wall art. Here is what I did.

Materials Needed

Dried Flowers

Canvas or Wood For Hanging

Faux Antlers

Hot Glue Gun

Once the flowers were dried this took me under 30 minutes. Don’t you just love quick and easy projects?  Use the hot glue gun to center the antlers on the wood board, applying the glue where it meets with the board. I did add quite a bit to ensure it was secure. Next start attaching the dried flowers using just a little bit of hot glue. I continued to fill it in until I was happy with the design. Here is a close up of the flowers:

Dried Floral Deer Our Crafty Mom

 

Another thing I love is that you can reuse the Silica Gel. Just place it in a shallow pan in a heated oven at 250 degrees for at least 5 hours. You will start to see the blue crystals reactivate.

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Evelyn

Saturday 11th of March 2017

You can also use Borax in place of Silica Gel. No need to heat. Just leave the container for about a week. The Borax can be reused or used for you laundry.

Darlene

Wednesday 8th of March 2017

I used this product back in the 1990s and loved the results . But had totally forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder that I must do it again.

Amy @ mylifefromhome

Wednesday 15th of February 2017

I've never taken the time to dry flowers, but have always wanted too. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Tuesday 14th of February 2017

Your dried flowers turned out so pretty. What a fun decor project. Thanks for sharing and hosting at the #HomeMattersParty :)

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai

Amanda

Monday 13th of February 2017

This is so cool, I haven't ever dried flowers before. I love how this project turned out!