Do you know what the secret
is to drying sunflowers?
To keeping them perfectly preserved
And what about the secret to getting them to have that gorgeous faded color
like an old sepia toned print?
Sunflowers are happy flowers.
Bright and colorful with those chocolate faces framed by yellow.
They instantly make a room feel like it has been flooded with sunshine.
And when they start to droop a bit - you can enjoy them even so
by drying them.
And it is so easy to do.
Want to know the secret?
Just place your pretty fresh sunflowers in a vase of water
and enjoy their blooms in the kitchen
or wherever you might want their smiling faces
brightening up a room.
Forget about them.
Yes, you read that right.
Forget about them.
Leave them in the vase with water and let them dry slowly.
Don't take them out and toss them when they start looking a little iffy
or when their heads drop a bit
or start to shrivel.
Just leave them.
Those sunflowers were blooming away happily
when I went out of town.
And when I came back - they were not looking so bright and sunshiny
but I set the vase on the sideboard and let them be a bit longer.
They are not fully dried yet even and it has been probably 2-3 weeks
The heads will drop- so if you want them to dry more straight- you will need to prop them
or lay them down once they are mostly dry and straighten them a bit.
And if you want to get that gorgeous sepia toned look rather than that
bold and beautiful sunflower look~
do something super simple- pull the yellow petals off.
That softer faded look that these sunflowers has is actually the base of the flower
that has dried- not the petals.
The petals retain much of their color and are bold even when dried.
So the key to a faded palette is to shake the flowers to loosen the petals or pull them off and
use the petals somewhere else.
I'll show you one of the spots I tucked these gorgeous beauties
tomorrow in my Fall Home Tour.
See you then!