Daisies are wonderfully cheerful flowers and if you preserve them, the happiness they give could last a very long time. Choose daisies that are fully open, but not wilted or past their prime. If you're cutting daisies from your yard, it's best to get them on a dry day or after the morning dew has evaporated. There are several methods you can use for drying daisies, including hanging, pressing or using silica gel.

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Air-Dry Daisies

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Cut the daisy stems to the length you want.

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Discard any broken stems or flowers that are missing petals.

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Remove any leaves from the stems.

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Gather the daisies into a small bunch (no more than 1 inch thick) and band the stems together with a rubber band.

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Hang the daisies upside down in a dry, dark closet from a hook or clothes hanger for a few weeks, or until they're dry.

Press Daisies

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Cut the daisy stem short enough to fit in the large book or flower press.

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Lay two sheets of paper on top of each other.

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Place the daisies on top of the paper, then place two more sheets of paper on top of the daisies.

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Place the paper and daisies in the middle of a heavy book and then close the book, or use a flower press. Put another heavy book or weight on top of the book or press.

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Remove the dried daisies after a few weeks.

Dry Daisies Using Silica Gel

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Cut off the daisy stems just below the flowers.

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Cover the bottom of a microwave-safe glass dish with about 1 inch of silica gel.

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Place a few daisies face down in the dish, without letting them touch, and cover the daisies with silica gel.

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Place a cup of water in the back corner of the microwave. Place the dish with the daisies on the microwave turntable.

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Microwave the daisies for about two minutes on a low power setting.

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Remove the dish from the microwave using oven mitts. Let the silica gel cool completely.

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Remove the dried daisies and gently brush off the silica gel.