How to dry a rose bouquet?

How to dry a rose bouquet?
I have a beautiful bouquet of long stem red roses that my husband gave me for Valentines Day. So far I've kept them fresh by putting them in the fridge every night and they still look brand new. Now I want to dry them though and use them as decoration in my living room. I know that usually you are supposed to hang them upside down in a dry, dark place to dry them, but we live in a very humid area (right now the thermometer says the humidity is at 56%). Would hanging them upside down in a dark place still work or is there some other trick I need to know? Oh, and FYI, I live in North Africa and we do not have arts and crafts stores here. Any tricks would have to be something simple that I can do at home without having to buy anything special.


princessbummer:  For best results, we recommend that you arrange the roses in a vase with water and floral preservative, as you would with a regular arrangement. Let the roses open up until they are approximately halfway open. if you do not let them open at all, you end up with very small buds (if this is what you are looking for, proceed with the following instructions). After you have allowed the roses to partially open, remove them from the vase, tie a string around the bottom of the stems and hang the bunch upside down in a dry place. It will, depending on the humidity, take about two weeks for the roses to completely dehydrate. You will know when they are dry enough by gently squeezing the buds. If they are still soft then they are not yet dry. When the buds are quite firm, you may untie them and arrange as desired. It is possible to spray the buds with a 'hardener' (available at many craft stores), or hairspray, after they have dried. Doing this will help preserve the flowers and prevent crumbling.
2007-02-22 06:32:04
muchacha:  put them in a large book and, and put something heavy on top of the book. let there for a while. when it dries put in a photo album
2007-02-22 06:33:59
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ttpawpaw:  Hanging them upside down will still work. 56% is not that humid. You ha one other responder with good advice, except the last part. After the roses have opened partially, and you have enjoyed them some, take them out of the water. Carefully separate them and if possible wrap a small thin wire around each stem. Place a small hook in the end of the wire and hang them upside down. They will dry faster and will dry in a more natural configuration and finally if one flower develops any fungus it will not be passed to the other roses and ruin them all.
2007-02-22 06:38:39