Things You'll Need
Glass jar or vase
Hair dryer, canned air or feather duster
Glossy white aerosol paint (optional)
If you have faded baby's breath that you cannot bear to part with for sentimental reasons, you can refresh its whiteness. Remove the sprigs from your floral arrangement and dust them. Spray the blossoms with a glossy white aerosol paint, over a protected work surface. Use a light touch to achieve the most natural look. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before placing the springs back into your arrangement.
Baby's breath is a delicate flower that's often used in bouquets, corsages and other types of floral arrangements. The flower comes in white, pink and rose varieties. White baby's breath is often used as a filler in floral arrangements and when decorating for Christmas, as it lends a look of snow to holiday decor. You can preserve baby's breath's white color if you properly prepare the flower before using it.
Place newspaper on your work surface to protect it.
Shake the can of aerosol sealer well. Different types of sealer are available at florist, arts and crafts and hobby shops.
Hold a sprig of white baby's breath in your non-dominant hand over the newspaper.
Spray the sealer lightly over the baby's breath blossoms. Rotate the sprig to cover all areas of the blooms. This provides a seal over the brittle, dried flowers, protecting them from absorbing dust particles and making them less fragile.
Stand the treated baby's breath sprig up in a glass jar or vase to allow it to dry. Once the springs are dry, they will be ready to use.
Set baby's breath and other dried flowers in an area away from direct sunlight. Sunshine causes the colors in dried flowers to fade.
Dust the baby's breath, and any other dried flowers in your arrangement, periodically with a hair dryer on the low or no-heat setting. Canned air or a feather duster also will work well. Preventing dust from accumulating on the blossoms helps keep them looking white longer. Dust the flowers at least once a month, or more often if your home has a lot of dust.
- University of Missouri Extension: Drying Flowers and Foliage for Arrangements; David Trinklein; June 2010
- University of Kentucky College of Agriculture: Preserving Flowers & Foliage; Sharon Bale; March 1990
- North Carolina State University: Gypsophila Paniculata - Characteristics; Alice B. Russell, et al.
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