Freeze Dried Flowers for Holiday Centerpieces and Gifts

Did you know you can freeze dry flowers? It’s true! Freeze dried flowers hold their color, shape and texture, making freeze drying the perfect application for preserving special occasion flowers, like flowers from a bridal bouquet. However, sending bouquets to a commercial freeze drying operation can cost hundreds of dollars. When you have your own freeze dryer, preserving special occasion flowers costs pennies.

a bouquet of pink, yellow, and orange flowers

Preserving Special Moments

A handmade “gift certificate” for freeze drying flowers from a bridal bouquet makes a unique wedding gift, and one that the couple isn’t likely to get duplicates of! Preserving some of the flowers from a memorial service can be a lovely remembrance memento for family members, and can be handed down through generations if properly preserved in a shadow box.

Holiday Centerpieces and Wreathes

Freeze drying parts of your Thanksgiving centerpiece and using it throughout the holiday season saves the expense of buying fresh flowers to keep the table festive through Christmas. You can also use individual freeze dried flowers to create colorful holiday wreaths that will brighten your door until Spring returns.

five yellow flowers two yellow flowers and one pink flower six purple flowers

Craft Projects

Make your own natural art by freeze drying entire flowers and placing them in a shadow box. Or, freeze dry just the petals for use in craft projects or for handmade holiday gifts. After all, there’s no better color palette than what Mother Nature provides.

orange flower petals


Hello, I have a harvest right freeze dryer and would like to freeze dry flowers from a wedding bouquet. What settings would I need to use to dry flowers?

If you are wanting to freeze dry and entire bouquet, for example, it is best to separate each flower. A few of our customers have had success with edible flowers, petals, and small flowers/corsages. (Flowers can turn a darker color and green leaves may brown or turn orange.) Commercial flower preserving sites treat flowers with a closely guarded secret treatment before freeze drying to get flowers to hold color and elasticity. Without the use of chemicals and extremely cold temperatures (like a commercially freeze-dried bouquet), the flowers tend to be very fragile, and can even lose their color. And, depending on what type of flower, it may not even work to freeze dry. But, there are some flower (both edible and non-edible) freeze-drying success stories on Facebook if you wanted to research and see some examples.

I want to buy freeze dried flowers to make wedding bouquets and floral arrangements. Do you know where I can buy freeze dried flowers?

Does anyone know of places that will freeze dry my flower arrangements? I am looking for something in the greater Toronto area. Thanks!

I think it would be cool to take edible flowers,,, put plastic wrap over them and tighten them into a ball and freeze them like that. Then remove the plastic wrap and freeze dry the flower balls, that can then be placed in a cup of tea were they would reconstitute and open up. 🙂

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