How to dry flowers in a microwave

How to dry flowers in the microwave

Originally written January 2015.  Updated April 2020.

This article is the fourth in a series on drying flowers.  You can read the other articles here:

Learn How to dry flowers using silica gel beads

Read How to dry flower petals with contact paper

Try How to dry flowers with parchment paper

The last technique I tried was to dry flowers in the microwave.  I’m not going to lie, this technique intimidated me the most.  I had visions of scorched flowers with bleached-out colors, but I was pleasantly surprised it turned out much better than that.

flowers on white paper

Step 1

I took a few of the fresh dianthus and hydrangea flowers (you can see the original bouquet in the post on how to dry flowers with silica gel beads) and placed them onto a rectangle of white office paper.  I then folded the paper over onto the top of the flowers.

paper towel for drying flowers

Step 2

Next, I put the paper, with the flowers inside, into a folded paper towel.

clear drinking glass

Step 3

I placed the flower sandwich into my microwave.  I needed a heavy, flat-surface item to press onto the flowers during warming.  The only thing in my kitchen that fit the bill was a drinking glass.  I placed the glass on top and microwaved the contents on high in 30-second increments.  For my microwave, I found 1 minute to 1 minute, 15 seconds was best for drying the flowers.  (If you do this, be careful.  The glass will get hot.)

Pro tip:  Microwave the flower in short bursts 10 to 30 seconds depending on your microwave.  Doing it for longer than that can scorch your flowers.

microwave dried flowers detail

Pros:

Instant gratification!  In under five minutes, I had several dried flowers I could use immediately.

Cons:

There was a bit of a learning curve, although it was minimal.  You will need to try a few times to figure out what works best with your microwave wattage.

My glass base wasn’t very big, so I couldn’t press large flowers.  I think if I were going to do a lot of these, I would invest in a microwave flower press.

I’m looking forward to trying these (and the other dried flowers) out in resin next!

Have you tried drying flowers in the microwave?  What advice would you share?

 

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20 thoughts on “How to dry flowers in a microwave

  1. Little trick I learned last year when I tried this a few times… get some plain stone tiles from the home improvement store, they are safe to use in your microwave, heavy, and large. I used two (one on top/one on the bottom) and the same sandwich you did, also tried it using pieces of cotton in place of the paper towel though I didn’t see any real difference.

    1. Hello,
      What I use for more dimensional results, or with delicate flowers, I actually use kitty litter! If you do not want to wait the traditional 14 days. Add about an inch on the bottom of a microwave safe container, carefully add more kitty litter on the sides and tap gently to surround the flower without damaging it. Once this is done fill it in, leaving another inch at the the top above the flower. Microwave for a minute, there may be differences with microwaves. Leave top off ( I would avoid using a microwave you utilize for food), remove and set a lid lightly on the top leaving it cracked open to vent, remove carefully after 24 hours. I use this on Roses. I think it may work on Lilies. I’m going to try some Asiatic Lilies from my garden today.

      1. I wonder if vermiculite would also work. When I fire PMC silver, I have to bury it in that. It’s a volcanic non rock material and extremely light, but will take all the heat you want to give it. Also, absorbs any moisture in the buried item. Hmmmmmmm. I’ll have to try that and let you know.

  2. Hi there! I an sooo excited to see the info on the microwave drying and hints! I have 2 questions for you though:
    1. Why use the office paper, not just paper towels or fabric? Is it to prevent patterns being imprinted or another reason?
    2. How do you know if the flower is “dry enough” to seal & resin? Is there something specific to look for?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. The office paper seemed to dry out the best for me. I don’t know if there is an easy way to tell if the flowers are dry enough except they were ‘crispy’.

  3. Neat but don’t put drinking glasses in a microwave, the glass is not made for heating and can shatter or ‘splode, no kidding! Pyrex (it’s made for heating) is fine and a pyrex baking dish works great. 🙂

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