How to drysunflowers
It’s all in the name. Sunflowers are the ultimate summer flower, with their large yellow petals beaming like the sun as their long stems reach toward a bright blue sky. Dried sunflowers can serve summer vibes throughout the year. Enjoy every last drop of sunshine and learn how to dry sunflowers with our guide.
CHOOSING THE BEST SUNFLOWERS TO DRY
Sunflowers can bloom for roughly eight to 12 weeks from summer to autumn, or about six to 12 days when cut and cared for in a vase. Easy to grow, they make wonderful flowers to cultivate with children and family.
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If you’re wanting to preserve your sunflower bouquet, the easiest tip for choosing the best sunflowers to dry is by selecting those with heads that are almost fully open and with the most petals intact. If you’re cutting them from your own garden, pick them on a dry day. That way, the petals are free of dew and moisture, making them better prepared for drying.
CAN YOU DRY SUNFLOWERS YOURSELF?
There are various ways to dry sunflowers yourself – and it’s pretty straightforward, too.
You can squeeze the best out of your sunflowers by letting them air dry, leaving them in a vase or pressing them.
Air dried sunflowers
Drying sunflowers out in a vase
Pressing your sunflowers is another way to preserve them for longer. Some sunflower heads may be too large and thick to press, but you can press sunflower petals very easily.
- Choose the best petals with plenty of colour and little to no blemishes.
- Grab some parchment paper or kitchen roll and sandwich your flower or petals between a few sheets on either side.
- Finally, take two heavy books and place one below your sheets of flowers and the other on top to press them.
- Leave in a dry area for around two weeks until the flowers are dry.
HOW TO USE YOUR DRIED SUNFLOWERS
Dried sunflowers can make some of the most stunning and versatile decorations, while their seeds can produce more flowers for years to come. Make the most of these summery shoots throughout the warmer months, then repurpose their flowers and harvest their seeds in the autumn.
From decorating the front door and brightening up the kitchen to adding some sunshine to your homemade crafts, dried sunflowers are a subtle way to add some pizazz to your home or perfect a unique dried flower arrangement.
1. Home decor
2. Photo frames
3. Wedding decor
4. DIY art
5. Keep seeds for the garden
Sunflowers radiate the feeling of summer, so it’s no wonder they’re such popular flowers. These cheerful flowers add a burst of mood-boosting colour to our homes and gardens. Get even more purpose and enjoyment after they bloom with dried sunflowers and learn more about recycling your old flower bouquets today.