Chances are, if you’re asking this question, you’re wondering if you can microwave flowers to preserve them. The short answer is YES; flowers can be microwaved.
Microwaving flowers is a quick way to speed up the preservation process, but it’s important to pay close attention, so you don’t over-do it and cause the flowers to brown or burn.
For the best results, we recommend using a professional microwave flower press. In this case, you would follow the directions which come with it.
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However, if you don’t have a microwave flower press and don’t have time to purchase one, the instructions below will help you in a pinch!
- Two ceramic tiles (at least as wide as the flower)- NO metal!
- Four-to-six rubber bands
- Two sheets of paper towels
How to Microwave Flowers for Drying
- Lay one of the ceramic tiles flat on the table or another working surface, and place one paper towel on top of the tile.
- Place the flowers you wish to dry on top of the paper towel.
- Place the second paper towel on top of the flowers.
- Next, lay the second tile on top of all of the other layers and press down firmly, creating a tile and flower sandwich.
- Wrap the rubber bands around the pressed tile and flower sandwich so that it’s tight and secure.
- Microwave for 30-60 seconds at a time, checking to see if they are dry. Be careful as the tiles may get hot! Repeat as necessary.
Once they’re dried, it’s a good idea to place the flowers inside the pages of a book to continue pressing them in the traditional process.
Microwaving speeds up the drying process but, for best results, take the extra step to ensure they are dried and pressed sufficiently.