How to Dry Flowers for Home Decor

Dried Snow on the Mountain

Snow on the mountain is one of my favorite flowers because it compliments as greenery for fresh cut bouquets.  Did you know you can dry this beauty and also use it for home decor?  Well I was curious so I tested a batch this summer and the results were amazing.

Today’s tutorial will cover how I dried snow on the Mountain; these tips can be used for almost all cut flowers which makes it fun to experiment on flowers you may have growing in your garden right now.

Flowers Dried for Home Decor

Most flowers that you would dry are going to be annuals, these would include, larkspur, celosia, bells of Ireland, sunflowers, straw flower, varieties of statice, corn flower, snow on the mountain and so on.

Perennial flowers to dry include, delphinium, some roses, baby’s breath, lavender, globe thistle, hydrangea and heather.  Peonies grow from a bulb and can also be dried.

I’m sure they’re many others but these are the most common; if I skipped some please share!

Pulling to Prepare for drying

This year I planted one batch of snow on the mountain because with everything going on it was difficult keeping up while making my way through the heat.

To learn how to grow this flower check my planting tips from way back right here.  I’ve been growing this beauty for years and even though it’s an annual I look forward to planting every spring and summer.

Removing Flowers for Drying

One of the most important things to remember about cutting flowers to dry is this… “Don’t wait till they’re past full bloom or ready to expire!”  Harvest right when they look their best which is normally right after they bloom.

The reason is, they will be less brittle and have better color once dried.

When harvesting annual, pull the entire root with the stem.  If the flower is a reproducer, then leave root in the ground and clip long stems from the base as this will help the plant reproduce additional blooms.

Harvesting perennials or bulb flowers for drying is the same rule of thumb but we’re only cutting the stems from the plant base.

Preparing flowers to dry

Prepping the Stems for Drying

With snow on the mountain it’s really easy to prep for drying but you might want to wear gloves because sometimes the sap can irritate skin.

  • Remove the root by clipping away 2 or 3 inches
  • Remove bottom leaf foliage

Gather and wrap the stems

Since we just clipped those stems sap is everywhere and it’s sticky.  This won’t be a concern with most flowers so just keep working because you can clean up later with soapy water.

I like to band off the flowers with twine; some folks use rubber bands; do what works best for you.

Wrap stems and hang to dry

Wrap the twine around the stems of the bunch, in this case I had 7 cuts loaded with blooms so I wrapped the twine around the bundle several times and left additional length to hang for drying.

We’re going to air dry for about 2 weeks because we want them to completely dry out.  They hang upside down allowing the flowers to dry evenly in a straight-line formation.

Dried flower Snow on the Mountain

Once the stems are dry, they’re ready to take down and use in any floral decor your home is seeking.  Decorating ideas are endless and the most common way to use dried flowers would be in wreaths or centerpieces.

Later this month I’m going to share a couple things I made to display dried snow on the mountain. They’re simple pieces but really reflect that natural look that I prefer over silk or imitation flowers.

Now, what are you waiting for?  Get out in that garden and see what flowers you might have that are perfect for drying.

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4 comments

  1. Karen says:

    This is something I’ve never tried. Many years ago I played around with silica for drying flowers, but it’s kind of messy and I could only dry the flower – not a whole stem.

    I’m going to poke around my yard to see what blooming things I can find and give this a try.

    1. Carole says:

      You would really love it. I grew the Snow on the Mountain in my Startle Garden near the Tiny Shed and it was so pretty. I’ve used silica gel too and really like it with zinnias and roses but the flowers are so delicate afterwards. Try the air dry method think you will really like it and even seek some hardy greenery just to play around with it. It’s Fun!

  2. Patti says:

    Oooo this is one of my favorite things. In fact, I have several flowers drying on a screen and some hanging on my screened in porch right now. They will be used for a project coming up very soon. Funny thing is that I’m not familiar with snow on the mountain. I looked it up and see that it is a type of Euphorbia. Maybe a southern thing? It’s very pretty. Some flowers I’m drying this year not on your list are zinnia and calendula but as you said there are so many. I’m even trying some gerbera daisies I bought at Trader Joes. So far they look okay but I’m not sure yet. I tried it with purchased Lisianthus and they dried okay. Their color faded some but they stayed nice and tight. Always worth giving it a try.

    1. Carole says:

      Sounds like you’ve been having fun can’t wait to see what you’re going to create. Plant snow on the mountain you will LOVE it!! Here is my original how to grow it post and a link is in there for seeds. >https://www.gardenupgreen.com/2014/08/how-to-grow-snow-on-the-mountain.html

      I discovered it several years ago when I decided to grow for market. It was fun and then a drought hit. So I’ve dried zinnia heads using silica gel was fun… My big purchase that I plan to move forward on next year is a freeze dryer. I can use it for food and flowers…

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