|From the top of the grandkids' arrangement.|
Hidden inside the pages is a pressed flower. When my great-grandfather died, Mama took a white carnation from a funeral arrangement and pressed it inside the book. The flower looks about the same today as it did when she pressed it 30 years ago.
When my own grandmother died 3 years ago, we grandkids bought the tackiest funeral arrangement you could imagine. Granny would have LOVED it. It was full of birds of paradise and golden curly-cues. It looked like a fireworks display. When the family returned to view her grave after the burial, I got the wild idea that I would preserve some flowers for each family member as my mother had. Somehow taking those flowers with me made leaving the site easier.
|This fabric softener left behind a pleasant|
There are basically 5 steps to drying flowers:
- Pick flowers that don't have thick stems. Birds of Paradise are not good choices for a first-timer. (I learned that the hard way.) Lilies are.
- Make a solution of glycerin-based fabric softener and water. Coat the petals of each flower.
- Hang in a dark, cool, dry space for a couple of days until the softener has completely dried.
- Arrange the flower on a piece of parchment paper, fold the parchment over the top of the flower, and close inside a book.
- Add as much weight to the top of the book as possible.
|This herb dryer, given to me by my mother, is|
full of rosemary, basil, thyme, parsley, and the
occasional hot pepper in the summer.
|These Stargazer Lilies demonstrate the importance|
of dipping the flowers in glycerin before pressing
them. Without the glycerin, none of the pink color
would have survived..