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Queen Anne’s Lace-Dried to Perfection

Racks of drying flowersAdding dried wildflowers into a fresh flower arrangement can add some extra texture and eye appeal.   Queen Anne’s Lace, one of the more versatile filler flowers lends itself very well to the drying  process.  And this can be done very easily and inexpensively right at your own home so you can always have a supply on hand.

The most common method for drying flowers is air drying.  To get the best results with Queen Anne’s lace you should select blooms that are just at their peak or even just before full bloom.

Cut the stems to the length that you want them for your project.  Once they are dried, they will be more difficult to cut and it might cause some damage to the dried stem.  Always remove the leaves.  They do not dry well and could issues with the stems.  Using rubber bands, group the flowers into threes or fours and secure them together tightly.

You’ll want to make sure that the area you are planning to use for drying is dark, dry and warm.  Humidity can promote the growth of mold and prevent the flowers from drying properly and direct sunlight could cause them to fade.  A closet or an attic area will work perfectly for drying flowers.  Hang them upside down either on a hook or a nail.  The drying process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete.

If you are in a hurry and need them to dry faster, try  using the Desiccant Method.   The Desiccant method allows you to greatly speed up the drying process by use of white cornmeal and borax as drying agents.  You’ll need some additional items You’ll prepare them the same way you do for the standard drying method, using blooms near or at peak and making sure the stems are the length you will need for your project.  Place the flowers in a cardboard box and cover them in a mixture of equal parts of white cornmeal and borax.  Your dried Queen Anne’s Lace will be ready in about two days.  The only real draw back to this method over the standard drying method is that white blooms may darken in color anywhere from a cream to a tan color.

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