Great Way to Use Kitty Litter Before Your Cat Does.

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Several of our "rock hound" friends, have a box of kitty litter sitting near their cutting and grinding equipment. It's sole purpose - to remove the oil residue that remains on the stones after the stones have been cut into slabs or cabochons.

It just naturally occurred to me one day that if kitty litter does such an efficient job of removing all traces of smelly oil from the surface of cut stones, it might be a great material for drying flowers!

So, when our beautiful orchid blossom dropped off it's stem, we carefully placed it in a little container of kitty litter to test my theory. My sweetie thought i was completely nuts - but he is learning to trust me! Slowly - over time.

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We waited about three weeks, and then carefully uncovered our orchid. It had not shrunk at all and had retained most of it's shape perfectly. The only disappointment was that it had lost most of it's delicate color. But that is pretty normal with dried flowers.

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So I decided to give kitty litter what I would call the ultimate test and dry a fuschia blossom.

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I was surprised by how well the kitty litter preserved the color, and the shape.

What really surprised me most was that the dried flowers are not brittle - even now - a year later! I am able to move the petals and even the stamens of the fuschia - I am amazed at their resiliency.

So of course, last January I planned a post for sharing this wondrous technique for drying flowers in August!

But something in the back of my head kept saying, you ought to google this - there may already be tutorials out there. And guess what! There are!

So, at the bottom of the post you will find links to not only how to dry flowers with kitty litter, but in the oven, in the microwave, in the dehydrator, and many other methods for preserving summer blossoms.

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Here is my favorite way to preserve flowers - it is called water drying! I have been doing this for years - by accident! Didn't even know it is an official drying method!

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And it works great for many flowers - especially those with numerous petals.

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My sweetie loves Dalhias and they water dry very well. Roses will often dry well in water as well.

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Beautiful - yes? I particularly like using dried dahlias, roses, echinacea and daisies on house blessings and harvest brooms. They last a long, long time.

There are great ideas for drying flowers in the links below as well as charts for the best method for specific flowers. Lots of great information!

From Tipnut - How to Dry Flowers - great resource for various methods

From eHow - How to dry flowers with Cat Litter

From West virginia University Extension system - Preserving flowers for year-round use - also includes a chart showing best treatment for many, many kinds of flowers.

And two more using kitty litter and a microwave to speed up the process!

From All Free Crafts and from Flixya

I hope you find the information useful and have some fun drying flowers!

 

Drying flowers is so hard! I

Drying flowers is so hard! I love the way the fuschia turned out! I had never heard of this method, so thank you for sharing. Maybe next year when my flowers actually have a whole season to bloom (just planted them all this year), I can try this!

Kitty litter is such a multi

Kitty litter is such a multi purpose product. We didn't have cats growing up but we always had kitty litter in the garage. My Father used it the "normal" way to soak up oil stains in the garage and driveway.

Great tip Pam- I never would

Great tip Pam- I never would have thought to try litter for drying but it makes perfect sense. And I to am glad to find out that water drying is an official method- that means the flowers I forgot about aren't needing to be thrown away... they are just a dried arrangement! lol.

What a great idea, I've never

What a great idea, I've never heard of it. Thanks for sharing Pam,I just love orchids.

Wow! Great idea!! Do you know

Wow! Great idea!! Do you know if it absorbs a flowers scent too? Just wondering if it could be used to speed up the process of making pot pourri, but I guess if the oils are absorbed then it might not work. Can you explain: do you bury the flower completely in the litter, or is the flower just placed on the top of the litter?
Great great idea Pam, something I'll definitely be trying soon!!

Saliba,  The flowers are

Saliba,  The flowers are completely buried in the litter.  We leave about an inch of litter on the bottom of the container, place the flower on the surface and then gently and carefully pour and place the litter around the flower being especially careful around stamen. Once all parts of the flower are coverec, we add an additional inch of litter.

We have only tried fairly simple flowers with open structures.  I am not sure how complex flowers like the Dahlia in the picture would dry.

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