How to Keep Pressed Flowers From Fading
Pressed flowers are useful for many reasons. They can be used with crafts, such as handmade bookmarks or framed artwork. They can help you remember special days from the past, such as a wedding or a birthday. When caring for your pressed flowers, you need to take the proper steps to correctly store them to help prevent as much fading as possible. It is important to note that all pressed flowers will fade in time. However, by following these tips, you can help delay the process for as long as possible.
Keep your pressed flowers in a sealed container with a lid. It's important to use a container with a lid because leaving your pressed flowers out in the open air will cause them to fade and break down faster.
Store pressed flowers in a dark, cool location, away from direct sunlight. A closet would be a perfect location. If the flowers are exposed to too much sunlight, they will quickly fade and lose their color.
Keep your pressed flowers out of rooms with high humidity, such as a bathroom or kitchen. Humidity will break the flowers down quicker and they will also lose some of their color.
Purchase a flower dye kit from a craft store. Dye kits contain acrylic paints that you can brush onto your flowers to help preserve the color. Dyed flowers keep their color for several years.
- "Pressed Flowers;" Pamela Le Bailly; 1999
Kim Land has been a freelance writer for 19 months, primarily for eHow. Land has had the opportunity to cover many topics ranging from cooking to finance, learning a lot and meeting many creative people. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Purdue University.
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