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Drying Flowers in the Microwave


  • freshly picked or purchased flowers
  • 2 fire bricks A heavy glass or similar extremely hard and flat that is microwave-safe can work as well.
  • paper towels


  • Snip or pinch off the flowers just beneath the head so they will lay as flat as possible.
  • Place a paper towel on top of the glass tray insert in the bottom of your microwave. If you don’t have a glass tray, use a glass microwave safe baking dish or fire brick on the bottom of the microwave oven.
  • Place a single row of flower heads onto the heavy base covering.
  • Place another paper towel on top of the flowers.
  • Put a fire brick or heavy microwave safe glass object on top of the paper towel.
  • Set the microwave for full power mode for 2 minutes.
  • Remove the top brick or glass, and carefully flip over the drying flowers.
  • Replace the paper towel and heavy microwave safe object.
  • Heat at full power for 1 minute.
  • Repeat the careful flipping of the flowers process in 30 second intervals until the flower heads are completely dry.
  • Use or store the preserved flowers as soon as they are cool enough to touch.
  • Store the microwave dried flower heads in an airtight container in a cool dry place until ready to use.