it’s so easy to preserve fresh eucalyptus – and the results are beautiful!
I “may” have bought a bit too much eucalyptus.
As I’ve mentioned before, when embarking on a new recipe or DIY I tend to overbuy ingredients and materials, on the chance that something goes wrong. This was the case as I stood in Trader Joe’s, gathering eucalyptus for my shower post.
And I’ll admit, it might have had something to do with the fact that a fresh box had just come out, and the bunches looked (and smelled) AMAZING. At $3 a bunch I could afford to splurge, so I picked up three.
I wasn’t sure how long the bunch in my shower would last, and worried that the other two would be dried up when I went to use them. So I did a little research and decided to preserve them instead. They were so pretty, and I couldn’t bear the thought of them getting dried up.
Turns out, preserving the branches could not be simpler!
All you need is two parts boiling water to one part vegetable glycerin. Combine the two in a jar or vase and add your eucalyptus (for reference I used two cups of water and one cup of glycerin here). In about two weeks you’ll notice that the leaves will have softened, and turned darker in color. Trim the ends if needed and enjoy! I love them in this vintage pitcher from Sfuso Stuffs, but they’re also beautiful attached to a simply wrapped gift, or as a wreath or garland.
Much like forcing branches, you’ll get the best results if you smash the ends of the branches to increase the area that will be absorbing the glycerin mixture. And try to keep them out of direct sunlight if you can.
I love the way these turned out and they actually smelled quite fragrant for several weeks!
One note: I used the glycerin pictured because I had a few bottles left over from another project I (ahem) overbought for. Click the link above for a more economical option!
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