So you want to learn how to dry flowers in a microwave. That’s cool. Or that’s hot. Depending on who you ask.
Why dry flowers in a microwave?
Most importantly, because fresh flowers turn brown in resin and look like dog 💩.
So you’ll definitely need to dry them before including them in your next resin project. And there are pros and cons to drying flowers in a microwave.
Instant gratification! In under five minutes, you can have dried flowers to use in resin.
There is a bit of a learning curve. You’ll need to try a few times to determine what works best with your microwave wattage.
Your flowers will come out flat. There isn’t a good way to keep them three-dimensional. But I’ve got a fix for that in a minute.
💡 Pro tip: Don’t start with your favorite flowers. You’ll fail at a few, and they’ll end up crispier than a day at the beach without sunscreen.
Step 1: Place flowers on paper
Take fresh flowers and place them onto a rectangle of white office paper. Then, fold the paper over onto the top of the flowers.
Step 2: Place in a paper towel
Next, put the paper, with the flowers inside, into a folded paper towel.
Step 3: Nuke ’em
Place the flower sandwich into the microwave. You’ll need a heavy, flat-surface item to press onto the flowers during warming. Then, microwave your flower sandwich on high for 30-second increments.
💡 Pro tip: For my microwave, I found 1 minute to 1 minute, 15 seconds was best for drying the flowers. And glass will get SCREAMING HOT when you do this. And might even crack. 😭
Ta-da! You just learned how to dry flowers in the microwave.
I think if I were going to do a lot of these, I would invest in this microwave flower press.
But what if you don’t want flat flowers?
Then you’ll want to dry them in flower desiccant. It takes 1 to 2 weeks to do this, but they’ll maintain their natural shape.
Now that you’ve got dried flowers, how do you use them in resin?
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