Learn how to dry flowers with silica gel, using both the conventional method and microwave method. This is the best way to preserve the color and texture of flowers for bridal bouquets, funeral arrangements or other special keepsakes.
Pour silica gel into an airtight container until it creates a layer about 1.5 inches thick
Place flowers face-up on top of silica gel and pour more crystals in and round the petals
Seal the container, and place it in a cool, dry place for 2-4 days (more if bud is very thick).
Once completely dry, remove flowers from the silica gel and brush off excess crystals with a soft bristle paintbrush.
Follow steps 1-2 of the conventional method, but be sure to use a microwave-safe container. No lid is needed.
Place the container with flowers in the microwave (without a lid) along with a glass of water. Heat on medium power in 1-minute increments until dry. Most flowers will take 1-3 minutes.
Gently remove any excess silica gel beads with a paintbrush.
Do not reuse containers for food preparation after drying flowers with silica gel in them. The gel can absorb some pesticides from flowers.See the post for more details on how to reuse silica gel or "recharge" your gel once it can't absorb any more moisture (indicated when the blue crystals turn pink).