Eternal Blooms : Preserving Fresh Funeral Flowers

How to preserve fresh funeral flowers
How to preserve fresh funeral flowers

Funeral flowers serve as a beautiful and meaningful tribute to someone that has died. They are a great way to express love, sympathy and support during times of grief. Funeral flowers can help to symbolise their life and memory, especially if you choose flowers or colours that are meaningful to the person that has died. Unfortunately, these flowers won’t last forever and therefore more people are exploring creative ways to retain these precious blooms. In this article, we will look into the art of preserving funeral flowers alongside some practical tips on how to do it.

Can you dry funeral flowers?

Drying flowers has been a popular method of preserving their beauty for a long time. This is one of the easiest methods to try.

  1. Air drying: Take a small amount of flowers from the arrangement and bind together at the stems with some string or ribbon. You need to hang the flowers upside down in a cool, dry and dark place for 2-4 weeks. This method is best for sturdier flowers such as roses and lavender.
  2. Oven drying: Take a baking tray and some parchment paper and place your flowers, minus any foliage, on the tray. Bake at a low heat and check on them within an hour. Your flowers may lose petals or colour in the oven, so this method is best if you’re planning to make potpourri.
  3. Desiccant drying: Submerging your flowers in desiccant, such as silica gel or cat litter, and allowing them to dry out for a few weeks is another method. This does allow the colour of the blooms to be preserved better.
Air drying funeral flowers
Air drying funeral flowers

Can you press funeral flowers?

Pressing is an ideal method for those delicate flowers such as daisies and pansies. In order to press flowers, you need to place the petals between sheets of parchment paper, within the pages of a heavy book and leave for several weeks. Once they have dried out, you can then use them within framed pictures or other craft projects.

Flower pressing kits are available and designed for those who want a fuss-free way to preserve flowers. These kits typically include a flower press, parchment paper, and instructions on how to press and preserve your funeral flowers. This is an excellent option for those without the time or inclination for the other preservation methods.

Funeral flower preservation
How to dry funeral flowers?

In conclusion

Preserving funeral flowers is a touching way to remember the person that has died. Whether you choose to dry or press the flowers, the possibilities are endless. By preserving funeral flowers, you can create lasting mementos that serve as a comforting reminder of the love and support shared during a difficult time.