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At 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
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). This can take a few days to a few weeks depending on the humidity and the flower. Great way to save prom, wedding, or a garden flowers.
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So do you get the clay clumping cat litter?
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.
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.
Although I've never done it myself, I have heard of people burying cut flowers in cat litter to dry them.
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.
Yes, you can use cat litter.
The best thing to use would probably be clay kitty litter, and it may be cheaper.