Summer and its flowery goodness is all too fleeting. There are several ways to preserve blooms, but drying seems to be the most popular. Drying flowers doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the heat and sun that the days of summer bring, air drying brightly colored summer flower petals is a breeze. The following method of drying, and the simple uses for dried petals, will allow you to savor the summer foliage a bit longer. Roses are the usual go-to flower for drying but there are so many beautiful flowers that are perfectly suitable for drying.
Once you have picked your blossoms simply detach the petals from the excess foliage. Place the petals in a single layer on a clean cloth or towel.
Leave the petals outside on a very hot day in the bright sun. Be sure that they are protected from the wind, so the petals don’t blow away as they dry. If the petals are not completely dry by the end of the day, bring them inside overnight and then put them back outside for another day in the beautiful sun.
You will know that the petals are completely dry when they curl up on their edges and become a deeper and more vibrant color.
Uses for Dried Petals
Potpourri is a wonderful use for dried petals of any sort. To make potpourri, simply combine the petals with some fragrant herbs, spices and essential oils in a covered container for a few days to let the scents meld together. Once a week has passed, fill baskets or bowls around your house with the fragrant mixture.
Closet sachets are another wonderful way to infuse your house with the scents of summer flowers. To make, either sew or buy a small linen bag with a ribbon tie. Fill the cloth bag with the dried petals and a dash of essential oil if desired. Hang the sachets in your closet or linen cupboard to infuse clothing and fabric with the heavenly scent.
Flower water is another lovely use for excess summer petals. It is very easy to make a spritzing water for cooling down during the summer heat. To make flower water, simmer petals in water on low heat for 5-10 minutes. Strain the petals from the water and then pour the water into a misting bottle. Keep the water in the refrigerator to keep it cool and mist as desired.
A bath can be the perfect treat to either start of end your day with. To make a bath even more nurturing, you can create an easy scented bath salt to add to your soaking water. Dried petals can be crushed finely and added to a container filled with epsom or coarse sea salt. To add a bit more scent, simply add a few drops of essential oil and shake.
We all wish our fresh flowers lived forever, but it is simple to enjoy the beauty of summer scents for months to come.
Laura Hooker is a full-time mother, wife, Registered Nurse, and sewing and crochet-a-holic! She came about this wonderful world of crafting at an early age, and finds much inspiration from her lovely friends in blog land. She really enjoys coming up with and displaying her own patterns and tutorials. She is married and has a seven-year-old little boy and a new baby boy. You can find her at her blog, Ravelry page or her store on Etsy where she and her twin share sewing and fiber tutorials to inspire creativity in other Mamas. She also can be found at Windfall Dolls, where she and her sister give away Waldorf inspired dolls to deserving little ones.