Spraying Roses With Hairspray

There aren’t many things as lovely and romantic as a new bouquet of roses, whether straight from your garden or received as a gift. It would be great to store them in your home forever, but new roses may be an expensive thing to replace every couple of weeks. Turn those new blooms into dried blooms and you’re able to keep them for many years as part of your room decor. The final touch in drying roses is to seal them with a preservative, and average hairspray makes an perfect material to do precisely that.

Snip the blooms in the rose comes straight below the hips. Use hardly opened rosebuds, not opened blooms.

Pour a 1-inch layer of silica gel to your shoebox-sized plastic storage box. Smooth the silica gel to get an even layer.

Put the rosebuds, stem side down, into the silica gel. Hold the flowers gently so you do not bruise the petals. Push the silica gel round the base of the rosebuds to hold them in place.

Sprinkle more silica gel gently above the rosebuds till they are covered. Sprinkle a small amount at a time, to prevent moving the flowers. Place lid tightly on container.

Set the box in which it can’t be disturbed and leave it alone for four to five days. Pull one flower out in this time and check for dryness. In case a rosebud is dry, a petal will break instead of bending.

Seal the blossoms to stop them from reabsorbing moisture in the air by coating them with a layer of standard hairspray. Put on a plastic glove and cover the work surface with paper towels. Hold one flower at a time with one spray and hand with the other.

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