I have run this psot in the past , but since so many Bride have asked me for suggestions to preserve flowers I decided to post this again.
Growing up in a house with 2 other sister, the was alway a need to preserve a flower bouquet. Here is the method my sisters and I used. Let me know if it work you for as well.
First mix a combination of four parts of borax to one part of silica gel. You can make your mixture by hand; the borax should be run through a sieve before mixing with the gel to remove any lumps
You should treat all of the flowers to be preserved immediately after picking. Cut off the stems close to the base of the flower. In the bottom of a plastic bag or an air-tight jar put down a layer of the preserving powder and lay a blossom face down on the powder. Pour some additional powder over the flower until it is well covered. Then lay another flower face down and cover it, repeating the procedure until the bag or jar is full.
Put on your lid, or if using a bag, press down on it lightly to squeeze out all the air. Tie the bag tightly with string as close to the contents as possible to prevent air from coming in.
Now put your flowers and powder mixture away in a dry place for about four weeks without peeking at it. Never store it out of doors.
At the end of the four weeks, open the container very gently and remove the blossoms one at a time, blowing the powder off them.
You may make a stem by running a piece of florist's wire through the lower side of each blossom. Now you have preserved flowers in their garden freshness. You can get the gel at a craft store and borax fron your local grocery store. Please let me know how this mixture works for you. As always we are here for you all. Angel at Rose Hall Eureka Springs vacation,call the Angel at Rose Hall,your Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast and your Eureka Springs Wedding Chapel. The best palce in town for Eureka Springs Lodging a nd Eureka Springs Weddings