How to dry flowers in a microwave

How to dry flowers in the microwave

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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29 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.

  2. I wonder how you could do an Easter lily?
    To have it not be flat, that is. Prop the petals somehow?

    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.

  3. 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’.

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. I tried this. 1 min was perfect. 1.15 started a fire in the microwave.

    Please be careful when trying this.

  6. I tried this microwave technique but when i use those flowers for my resin works rhe colour of the flower changes can i no why

  7. thanks guys Im experimenting now with an old bag of brown rice and quinoa no one has gone near for a year. On the pretext that I can usually dry my phone and charging cord out with a bowl of rice. I have heated it in the microwave and placed my Gerbera in it as it cools again on the kitchen table 🙂

  8. Use a large corningware bowl. They have flat bottoms and give you a decent amount of space to work with. Plus they are nice and heavy.

  9. I use exactly the same method with the printing paper folded with the flower inside and also with a paper towel on top and underneath the printing paper. Instead of placing this onto the microwave plate and using a glass for weight, I use a ceramic tile underneath and another tile on top, with the flowers, printing paper and paper towels sandwiched between the shiny sides of the tiles. I then microwave for 1 minute on high and then 1/2 a minute on half the power. Sometimes, depending on your microwave wattage and the thickness of the flowers, leaves etc. you need to change both papers and microwave them a second time on half power for another 30 seconds (you can repeat these 30 seconds until your flowers, leaves etc. are dry). When you do this process the first time, the paper towels come out completely wet and the printing paper also. I then keep my different flowers, leaves with little berries etc. sandwiched between paper towels on different pages of a relatively heavy book.

    By the way, to answer a question I saw above, you cannot microwave flowers directly on paper towels because the petals will stick to the paper towel and will tear when you try to take them off.

    Sorry about the novel🤭

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