To preserve flowers to later make decorations with those dried flowers, there are several options you can follow.
Some of the most common are:
Air-drying the flowers: This method consists of hanging the flowers upside down in a dry, dark and ventilated place for several weeks until they are completely dry.
Drying flowers with silica gel: This method consists of covering the flowers with an absorbent material called silica gel, which extracts moisture from the flowers without damaging their shape or color. Silica gel can be purchased at craft stores or online.
Microwave drying the flowers: This method consists of placing the flowers between two sheets of absorbent paper and microwaving them for a few seconds until they are dry. Be careful not to burn the flowers or the paper.
Drying flowers with a press: This method consists of placing the flowers between two sheets of absorbent paper and placing them inside a heavy book or a flower press for several weeks until they are dry. This method flattens the flowers and makes them flatter, but retains their color.
Once the flowers are dry, they can be used to make decorations with epoxy resin, which is a clear, strong material that hardens by mixing two liquid components.
To make decorations with epoxy resin and dried flowers, you need:
A silicone or plastic mold with the shape you want to give to the decoration.
Epoxy resin, which can be purchased at craft stores or online.
A wooden or plastic stick to mix the resin.
A pair of tweezers to place the flowers inside the mold.
A hair dryer or heat gun to remove any air bubbles that form in the resin.
The steps to make decorations with epoxy resin and dried flowers are as follows:
Prepare the mold by cleaning and drying it thoroughly.
Mix the epoxy resin according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Pour a thin layer of resin on the bottom of the mold and let it harden a little.
Carefully place the dried flowers into the mold, using the tongs to arrange them as desired.
Pour another layer of resin over the flowers, covering them completely.
Use the hair dryer or heat gun to remove any air bubbles visible on the surface of the resin.
Allow the resin to dry completely, following the curing time indicated by the manufacturer.
Carefully unmold the decoration and admire the result.