DIY | Bouquet Preservation

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I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. Whenever any woman in my family wanted to save flowers that were given to us as gifts (we’re rather sentimental), we wait until the flowers are a little past full bloom and preserve them.

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

How did we do that?

Tools:

  • Cheap hair spray
  • Rubberband
  • A place to hang bouquet such that it won’t have to sit against anything
  • Vase

It’s easy! Enjoy the bouquet for a bit first. Let all of the flowers bloom and just when you think it might START to die, tie a rubberband around the bouquet "handle". (Don’t hang it like in the picture yet)

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

Grab a can of hair spray and get outside or to a well ventilated area and spray the bouquet upside down and rightside up (make sure to be as thorough as possible).

Then, find a place to hang the bouquet upside down.

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

Wait until the bouquet is SUPER dried. THEN, you can remove it from hanging and enjoy your preserved beauty!

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

It’s not the most PERFECT preservation, but it beats paying $200. The hair spray allows the dried flowers to stay brighter than they would if they dried naturally and also helps the petals keep their shape. I also pulled out some stems first to press for our scrapbook.

DIY in Action

Here is the bouquet on the wedding day.

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

…and here it is sitting on our coffee table.

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

DIY wedding bouquet preservation

I did the same to his bouttoniere. Pics coming soon.

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