Long Lasting Keepsake

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

I thought it would be a great idea to walk you through the steps of the project I did last year!

For the process of drying a whole bouquet, you'll need to search for an item that will be big enough to hold it once it's dried.*

*REMINDER: when your bouquet dries, it will strink in size a bit, so in some cases you might want to wait to purchase your lantern or shadowbox until the drying process is done! In this case, I picked this one up first because when I was searching for this type of lantern, it was very difficult to find one! So, I made the executive decision to buy it once I found it, and I was praying for the best.

For the drying process, I like to use silicia gel crystals and leave flower bouquets (or just the petals if my client does not want the whole bouquet) covered in an air tight container for at least a week. I did trim the stems from the bouquet because it was too tall for the lantern. Occasionally, some petals/flowers/leaves might not dry correctly and if this happens, I just carefully remove them. After brushing off the crystals carefully with a paint brush (the petals are very fragile at this point), I like to spray a clear acrylic spray for protection!

I sanded this lantern down and gave it a fresh coat of white paint. The top of the lid was opened and I closed it off to add in a battery operated puck light!

I kept the groom's boutonniere in the lantern as well! Ain't it gorgeous?! =)

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