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3. For florist wire, you will want to cut off most of stem. Leave about one inch of stem.
4. Push about 3 inches of wire through stem and right through flower head.
5. Next, you want to bend end of wire into a hook over each rose head and pull it down. This helps to keep head secured to stem.
6. When choosing to use glue, begin by diluting glue in a dab of water.
7. You will take a toothpick and dab a thin coat of glue mixture at base of each petal.
8. Next, you will work glue into base of stems of each flower so that you can attach each petal to base, wait till glue dries completely.
9. Now for sand, slowly and carefully cover flowers with sand in deep open boxes.
10. Make sand in box deep enough to hold flowers upright.
11. Sit each flower in sand filled box and slowly pour sand around base, around sides, and over and under petals. You should pour sand evenly so that you can preserve flowers natural shape.
12. You will want to wait for flowers to dry while facing upright.
13. Put boxes with roses in a dry space that is warm and brightly lit. This will ensure that your roses will maintain their bright color.
14. Let them dry for one to three weeks.
15. If you want more muted colors, you will want to dry them in a more humid area.
16. To remove sand, tip drying Container slightly so that sand can fall off flowers.
17. Remove each flower one by one.
Now you have successfully learned how to dry your roses so that they are ready for you to do whatever you'd like with them. These dried flowers will make great decorations for any room in your house or office, or whatever else you'd like to do.
Candee Stark is a Reading Specialist in a local elementary school and has spent the last two and a half years earning her masters degree. Her new passion is her indoor herb garden. Visit her at Flowers and Garden.com if you would like to read more gardening and flower articles.