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Drying Flowers

Dried flowers can add a graceful note to your indoor d├ęcor. And arrangements made from them last a long time and require little care.

Select flowers whose colors and forms you like—make sure to choose only those in excellent shape. Cut the flowers at midday when they're free of dew and rain, and before they're fully open. Always collect more material than you think you'll need, in case some of it is damaged.

To dry your flowers, you can use several different techniques, including air drying, microwaving, or drying agents like sand.

Besides flowers, consider using seedpods, cones, grain, grasses, and berries in your arrangements for unique textures and colors.

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