Flower Crafts for Kids

Drying Flowers

Drying flowers preserves the beauty of flowers, although the scent won't remain. Dried flowers also preserve memories and are a reminder of spring during the colder months. Even fragile types of flowers can be dried to enjoy for years. What You'll Need:

  • Fresh-cut flowers
  • Sand
  • Leak-proof box (such as a shoe box)

How To Dry Flowers:

Step 1: Cut the flowers early in the day, after the dew has dried.

Step 2: Pour a layer of sand into a box.

Step 3: Lay your flowers on the sand with at least an inch of space between them. Gently spoon more sand over the flowers, making sure it gets between petals, until the flowers are covered. If the box is deep enough, you can add another layer of flowers.

If the flowers are delicate, find a box deep enough for them to stand upright in. Pour a layer of sand on the bottom and stick the flower stems into it. Carefully pour more sand around the flowers until they are covered.

Step 4: Leave the box alone for at least two weeks. At the end of that time, carefully pour out some of the sand and check your flowers for dryness.

Larger flowers will take more time to dry than smaller ones.

On the next page, learn how to make flowers in a bottle, similar to a ship in a bottle.

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