How to Preserve Flowers in a Frame

A how-to guide on the best way to preserve flowers in a frame.

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This guide will show you how to preserve flowers in a frame so they will last for years. You’ll need some basic supplies, including a frame, glass, and drying agent. Choose your favorite flowers and follow the steps below to create a beautiful display that will last.

What you will need

-A frame that is at least 2 inches deep
– Silica gel
– Tape
– A pencil
– Flowers that are not fully bloomed

1. Tape a piece of paper to the back of the frame. This will catch any silica gel that falls out when you’re adding the flowers.
2. Trace the inside of the frame on the paper. Cut out the shape you just traced. This will be your template.
3. Place your template on top of a layer of Silica gel Use a pencil to trace around the template, then cut out the shape you just traced in the silica gel. You should now have a silicon gel cutout that is the same size and shape as your frame opening.
4. Layer your flowers on top of the silicon gel cutout. Make sure that each flower is facing in the same direction, and that they are not overcrowded on the silicon gel.
5. Place another layer of silicon gel on top of your flowers, then place your frame backing on top of that.

Step 1: Choose your frame

The type of frame you choose will depend on the flowers you would like to preserve. For example, if you would like to preserve a wedding bouquet you may want to choose a shadow box frame. If you would like to frame a single flower, you may want to choose a standard picture frame

Step 2: Prepare your flowers
To preserve your flowers, you will need to remove any leaves or stem that will be below the water line. You will also need to decide if you would like to keep the flowers whole or cut them into smaller pieces.

Step 3: Choose your water type
There are two main types of water that can be used for preserving flowers
-Glycerin: Glycerin is a clear, odorless, and non-toxic liquid that can be found at most craft stores. Glycerin works best for flowers with strong stems, such as roses.
-Silica gel: Silica gel is a white powder that can be found at most craft stores. Silica gel works best for fragile flowers, such as lilies.

Step 4: Preserve your flowers
Once you have chosen your water type, you will need to follow the directions on the package to mix it with the proper amount of water. Once mixed, submerge your flowers in the mixture and allow them to sit for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove the flowers from the mixture and allow them to dry on a paper towel.

Step 5: Arrange your flowers in the frame
Now it is time to arrange your flowers in the frame! You can either glue them directly to the frame or use wire or fishing line to attach them. Be sure to allow the glue or wire/fishing line time to dry completely before hanging up your new flower preserved artwork!

Step 2: Choose your flowers

Picking the right flowers is critical to successful flower preservation. For best results, choose flowers that are freshly cut and free of blemishes. Flowers with a lot of petals, such as roses, are generally easier to preserve than delicate blossoms like lilies.

If you’re not sure which flowers will preserve well, talk to your florist. They will be able to recommend varieties that have a good track record for drying and preserving.

Step 3: Prepare your flowers

To prepare your flowers, start by cutting the stem at an angle using sharp scissors. Cut the stem about ½ inch from the flower blossom. Doing this will help the flowers absorb water more easily. You can also remove any leaves that will be below the water line in your vase.

Step 4: Arrange your flowers

After you have gathered your supplies, it is time to select and arrange your flowers. Choose flowers that are fresh and in bloom for best results. If you are using a pressing method, select smaller flowers so they will fit easily into your frame.

If you are using a drying method, arrange your flowers on the drying rack or in the dehydrator so that they are not touching each other. This will help them dry evenly.

Once you have arranged your flowers, it is time to begin the preservation process.

Step 5: Hang your frame

Now that your frame is complete, it’s time to hang it! You can use nails, screw-in hooks, or even strong adhesive strips to secure your frame to the wall. Make sure to choose a placement that is out of direct sunlight, as this can cause the flowers to fade over time. And there you have it! A beautiful, personalized way to enjoy your flowers long after they’ve bloomed.

Tips and tricks

-Choose the right flowers: Flowers with a small surface area to volume ratio will dry better than those with a large surface area to volume ratio. This means that small, dense flowers will preserve better than large, fluffy flowers.
-Harvest the flowers at the right time: Flowers should be harvested when they are at their peak of bloom. If they are too young, they will not have developed all of their oils and nutrients, and if they are too old, they will have begun to die back.
-Remove the leaves: Leaves contain a lot of water, which will cause your flowers to rot.Remove all the leaves from your stems before drying them.
-Use a desiccant: A desiccant is a substance that absorbs moisture from the air. Silica gel is a common type of desiccant that can be found in craft stores. Place your flowers in a container with silica gel for 24 hours to help remove any excess moisture.
-Frame your flowers: Place your dried flowers in a picture frame behind glass. Make sure that the frame is sealed tight so that no moisture can get in and ruin your dried flowers.


In conclusion, preserving flowers in a frame is a great way to add a personal touch to your décor. By following the steps outlined above, you can create a unique and beautiful display that will last for years to come.

Further reading

If you’re interested in learning more about how to preserve flowers in a frame, check out these additional resources:

-How to Make a Shadowbox Frame for Flower Preservation from
-Create a Lasting Impression with Dried Flowers in a Picture Frame from
-3 Ways to Preserve Your Wedding Flowers from The Spruce