How to preserve fresh flowers with hairspray

Updated April 17, 2017

Flowers tend to signify something special. Sometimes there is a particular flower or bouquet that you just do not want to let go of because it means so much. There are ways that you can preserve that special bouquet so you can remember it for years to come. You can do this before all of the blooms fall off and the brilliant colours fade with something that most people have around the house.

Cut the stems of the flowers on a bias using a sharp utility knife. Scissors can damage the stems.

Place the flowers in water until you are ready to preserve them.

Begin the preserving process before the flowers start to wither and die. It is important that the colour of the flowers has not faded since you will not be able to revive the colour.

Gather the flowers together and place them in the arrangement that you like. Place them in a vase or even tie a ribbon around them so you are satisfied with how they look.

Spray the entire arrangement with aerosol hairspray. Give it a good, even coat but do not drench it.

Allow it to dry completely before you wrap it in a plastic bag or place in a container and put it away for safe keeping.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Vase
  • Ribbon
  • Plastic bag or container
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Cheryl Hinneburg has been a freelance writer for five years. In addition to the regular clients that she works for, Hinneburg also writes regularly for Demand Studios and Associated Content, and is a provider for eLance. She is an award-winning poet and is currently working on a Master of Science with a certificate in substance abuse counseling at Capella University.