Preserving Flowers with Kitty Litter

Drying Flowers with Kitty Litter

Cat litter…. a toilet for a cat but also a fantastic way to press and dry flowers. Cat litter is cheap and readily available (just ask all those cat lovers out there). This is why I am saluting it.

To get a  good dry flower the material you use has to be…

  1. Dry
  2. Absorbent

Cat litter is both. Hence, the commercials that rave about their brands nice clumping-ness!

So, let’s dig our paws in deeper.

A Note On Flowers:

The first flower I dried was Statice. Even though it’s an easy flower to dry and press on its own, I wanted to see how it would hold up against kitty litter. And of course, since it’s Statice, it worked!

With kitty litter, I have successfully dried Snapdragons, Bells of Ireland, and Roses.

Steps for Drying the Flowers:

Cut your flowers so 1/4 ” of the stem is still attached

Flower Cut NoFarmNeeded

Get a tight-sealed container, like a plastic tub or glass container

Cover the bottom of the container with a thin layer of cat litter

Thin Layer of Cat Litter NoFarmNeeded

Put your flower in and completely cover it with the litter

Two Ways to Dry:

  1. Leave the Container sealed for 3 days. After 3 days the cat litter should have soaked up the flower’s moisture.
  2. Microwave for 3 minutes. During this time the water from in the flower will move into the cat litter. (Please do this with your windows open because the cat litter does smell when heated!)


The flowers should be nice and dried in 3 days or 3 minutes. Enjoy using it in arrangements or other crafts. Look for inspirations here!

Want to learn other flower drying techniques? Check out our article on how to dry flowers with silica gel for another 3D drying technique. And for a pressed flower technique, see “My Favorite Flowers to Press in a Book.”

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