Dried flowers can be used in a number of ways. To many people dried flowers make a beautiful flower arrangement. The best the thing about dried flowers is that you can do yourself and it isn't hard. In fact, there are a couple of ways you can go about this.
The first way is to air dry them. This takes the longest amount of time but it doesn't cost anything unless you are paying for the flowers. To air dry your flowers all you have to do is find a place to hang them where they are not exposed to direct sun light.
Ideally, you will want to tie the stems of a small bunch of flowers together. You can also use a rubber band which works well as it shrinks with the stems. Next, you would use a piece of string or other utensils to hang the flowers. This process will take around three weeks, but it depends on the area you live in.
Now, the other way is to use silica gel which will only take 3 to 4 days. This is also an inexpensive project requiring the purchase of silica gel only. Silica gel is a sand-like material and can be found at hobby and gardening shops.
The flowers are carefully covered in the silica gel in an airtight container for about 3 days. The gel soaks up the excess moisture drying the flowers in a much more efficient way than air drying them. In fact, silica gel will most likely keep the color a little bit better than the air drying method.
No matter which method you decide to use, the best flowers to use will flowers that have just opened. As far as which type of flower gives the best results that will be up to you to experiment with. Many people have different tastes when it comes to dried flowers, but if it looks nice to you than that is all that matters.