Drying Flowers With Cat Litter

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June 6, 2012

litterAt this time of year, we have a lot of beautiful flowers blooming. A cheaper way of drying them is to use a cheap cat litter. Make sure you use the plain clay litter. Line a box with paper towels, put a layer of cat litter on the paper towels. Place your roses (or flowers to be dried) on the litter, making sure they aren't touching. Gently add more of the litter to cover the flowers.


They should be dry in about 10 days. Shake them gently to remove excess litter. Spray with the cheap super-hold hair spray. It will seal and protect them. It will take along time to use up all the litter and it works better than the expensive silica gel. The results will be beautiful.

By dorothy wedenoja from New Creek, WV

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June 29, 2004

To dry your flowers, cut the flower so one inch of the stem is left on. Place face up into a coffee can full of kitty litter, pour more kitty litter to cover the flower (roses should only be half opened).



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April 6, 2018

So do you get the clay clumping cat litter?


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The absolute cheapest cat litter works great for drying flowers. It is important that you have cat litter without fragrances (unless you want that fragrance) as these can transfer to your flowers.


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August 8, 2011

Does anyone know if you can use silica gel cat litter for drying flowers? It seems like it would be a lot cheaper than special flower drying silica gel.

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August 10, 20110 found this helpful

Although I've never done it myself, I have heard of people burying cut flowers in cat litter to dry them.
Good luck!


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August 10, 20110 found this helpful

For years I have saved the little packets of silica gel that come in shoeboxes and handbags and pill bottles. That's a good way to get it without paying for it. Have your friends save their packets for you, too.

August 10, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, you can use cat litter.

August 11, 20110 found this helpful

The best thing to use would probably be clay kitty litter, and it may be cheaper.

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