Is there a way to dry iris flowers?

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Posted 2/7/2013 by peamac in NSBR Board

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Posted: 2/7/2013 11:15:09 AM
DD got a beautiful bouquet of irises and baby's breath from her boyfriend and was hoping to dry them. She's away at college, so the easiest way possible is what she's looking for. I know roses are easy to dry- just hang upside down for a while.

If the only way to do it is with silica gel, where's an easy place to find it?




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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:19:52 PM
I would think the silica gel would be best for them, as they are so delicate. I would try Micheals...

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:18:48 PM
They are so delicate, I wonder if it is really possible to dry them in shape?

Maybe press/dry them and frame them in a pretty shadowbox?

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:28:23 PM
Silica gel will preserve the iris beautifully, in full dimension. Google for information. I looked at 'The Artful Crafter' and they have a great site with good directions.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:29:16 PM
I've tried drying them before using the silica and pressing them, to no avail. Don't know if I was doing something wrong or if they're just too moist and delicate. I wish there was a way to save them, because they're my favorite flower. Can't wait till my garden starts blooming!

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