Here at The Terrorium Shop we love preservation. Whether it's preserving the skeletal remains from a decomposed animal, or the pelt of a fresh road kill find. If it can be preserved we will preserve it!
Why is preservation important? Preservation is important to us because it serves as mementos. We love preserving elements we find on nature explorations. When harvesting straight from the wilderness it is very important to do so consciously and ethically. Only harvesting pollinated blooms, leaving the roots intact and always trying to forage specimens that have naturally fallen off of it's host plant first.
There are many different types of preservation when it comes to floral. You can preserve flowers in the microwave and with chemicals like glycerin. I like to keep it natural. Below are my two favorite natural forms of floral preservation.
When I forage I like to take a notebook with me to press flowers. Pressing flowers is great for all types of flowers. Even ones with a higher water content. Pressing flowers also keeps the flowers vibrant.
To press a flower, clip off the floral head you would like to press and lay them between two of the blank pages. Put pressure on the notebook. I have a rope tied around my book that I use while hiking. When I get home I set it under a heavy table.
Brown Paper Bag
This method is excellent for herbs and flowers with woody stems. It does not work well with flowers that have a high water content. Tie off a bundle of flowers with a piece of burlap and hang upside down in a brown paper bag.
The dark environment in the bag helps retain the flowers colors and prevents dust from collecting on your beautiful blooms.
Explore with all different types of flowers to find out which ones you like to preserve best. Always store preserved flowers in a dark cabinet ♡