receiving flowers is a kind and chivalrous gesture, but like all living things, they wither and fall to their descent. However, some can alter in form and be used as decor to adorn a room for years. It’s nice to keep flowers in water for a couple of days and admire their loveliness, but before their petals start to shrivel, I like to hang them upside down by their stem and allow the flowers in its entirety to dry up. They become smaller and much more fragile, but you’ll be able to enjoy them much longer.
Keep in mind that flowers will reduce in size by half and its colour will darken. Not all flowers will look pretty when dry, some will simply look like branches, or fall apart even before you put them in vases. My favourite ones to dry are roses, and it’s best to dry those before they have fully matured. I take a piece of craft cord and tie a knot around a stem just below a knuckle in the stem to prevent the stem from slipping through. I then hang it in a room free from humidity for a couple of days. Once they’re fully dried, make sure to handle the dry flowers with care because they are very brittle and can easily break. Place them in an empty vase or filled with pearls wrapped with ribbons or bows, and display them in any room in the house.