Flower drying has never been easier thanks to ACTÍVA® Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel and your trusty microwave! It's true that you can not only dry flowers in a microwave, but also preserve the flowers' natural beauty for years to come! This is, by far, the easiest and best way to dry flowers in a microwave.
- 1.5 lb (680 g) of Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel
- (2) Microwavable containers
Before beginning the flower drying process, it's important to read your microwave's manual and know its heating power level. Then, get a microwave-safe container that will accommodate the depth, size, and shape of the flowers you want to dry.
Pour Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel into the microwave-safe container to a depth of one to one-and-a-half inches. Cut flower stems to about one to two inches in length. Place the flowers to be dried face up on the surface of the Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel. Pour more Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel around the base of the flowers, covering the centers of the flowers carefully. Take care not to crush any of the flowers' petals.
Put the container with the flowers into the microwave. Make sure there is no lid on the container. Then, place a glass of water (1 cup of water) in the back of the microwave.
Set the power level of the microwave to medium, and set the cook time according to this timetable:
Drying Time (Medium Power)
Types of Flowers
1 to 2 minutes
Small flowers: pansies, violas, baby’s breath, buttercup, feverfew, heather, ferns, and other small open-faced flowers
2 to 3 minutes
Medium flowers: azalea, calendula, daisy, aster, bachelor button, larkspur, delphinium, foxglove, and other multi-petaled flowers
3 to 3.5 minutes
Large, dense flowers: roses, carnations, gardenia, marigold, hydrangea, hyacinth, chrysanthemum, orchid, snapdragon, stock, peony
Adjustments will be made for things like the number of flowers in the container and the density and size of the flowers. The timetable is a guideline.
If flowers are dried in the microwave for too long, they will become over-dry and will lose their color or become discolored.
Remove the container of flowers from the microwave with pot holders. Make sure to use caution when removing the container, as the Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel will be very hot. Set the container on a heat-resistant surface and do not disturb the Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel in the container until it is completely cool.
Flowers will continue to dry as the Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel cools. Once cooled, if flowers have not completely dried, re-cover the flowers with Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel, refill the glass with water, and microwave on medium power for one to two more minutes - repeating this process until the flowers are fully dried, but taking care not to over-dry them.
Once you've fully dried flowers in the microwave, make a beautiful creation with them! Place them in a vase with gorgeous shades of decorative colored sand, or make a beautiful dried flower craft project.
Don't forget that Flower Drying Art™ Silica Gel is able to be re-used by following the instructions in the package. There is truly no limit to the amount of dried flowers you can make!