How to Preserve Flowers with Borax

Who doesn’t love flowers? Even more, who doesn’t love flowers preserved for all eternity? It’s huge for anyone who loves to create DIY crafts, or just love having flowers as a part of their home décor. The best way to preserve flowers is with 20 Mule Team Borax and a bit of cornmeal, of course. They work together to remove moisture from blossoms and leaves, preventing the wilting that’s typical of other flower drying methods.

Here's what you need

  • 1 part Borax
  • 2 parts cornmeal
  • Fresh flowers
  • Airtight container


Step 1

Gather fresh flowers with as little moisture on them as possible (you can cut the stem from the base of the calyx if you want)

Step 2

Combine the borax and cornmeal into a mixture, and pour some of it into your container

Step 3

Place flowers into the container, and sprinkle more mixture on them, taking care not to crush the flowers as you cover them with the mixture

Step 4

When covered, seal the box with tape

Step 5

Store in a cool, dry place for 10 to 14 days

Step 6

Open the box, pour out the mixture, and retrieve the flowers carefully