How to do DIY dried flowers in the microwave in just 60 seconds

Jul 02, 2020
Dried flowers are back in fashion! Source: Getty.

There’s few things as special as being given a bunch of flowers whether it’s from a loved one or just a personal treat. But with such a short life span, sometimes big bouquets just don’t seem worth the purchase.

This is why anyone who’s a fan of flowers should learn the process of drying them out! Dried flowers not only gives an instant vintage or rustic look and feel to the blooms but it also means they’ll last for months or even years to come in some cases.

But those who don’t have the time or patience to wait weeks for the perfect dried flower, need to try the insane modern microwave hack suggested by DIY expert Georgina Burnett who recently shared it on the British breakfast show This Morning.

Burnett said that with vintage style dried bouquets being all the rage once again, people should know that air-drying isn’t the only option. The trick only involves two things; a microwave and some fine silica gel granules which act as a moisture absorber.

Simply add the blooms to a microwave-safe container and cover them entirely with the silica crystals before microwaving on a low heat for around one minute. Once it’s done, brush off the crystals and the dried blooms should be ready to pop in a vase right away.

By coating the flowers with the sugar-like silica granules the petals are dried out in just one minute compared to the weeks of time that it takes to air-dry. Burnett also suggested using a conventional oven however, she noted that would take longer for the magic to happen.

Air-drying flowers is the most traditional way of creating unique bouquets but it’s a process that lets nature take its course and in turn can take up to three weeks to finish. Blooms are then generally sprayed with a UV-resistant hairspray to help them keep their colour when they’ve been fully dried.

But the best part about this modern take on the classic craft is that you won’t even be breaking the budget! Silica gel granules can be bought online for just $20. And when shopping around, make sure to get the finer grain version as you don’t want to crush the petals under the weight of it all but simply fill the gaps in between to absorb the moisture.

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