How to Preserve Eucalyptus

How to Preserve Eucalyptus @themerrythought
In case you haven’t been able to tell yet, we’re big fans of eucalyptus! We love using it wherever and however we can! It looks gorgeous, smells delicious, and pretty much just makes our hearts happy. We had some leftover fresh eucalyptus from our brunch and decided we would try preserving it on our own – cause why let some beautiful euc go to waste?!
How to Preserve Eucalyptus @themerrythought
How to Preserve Eucalyptus @themerrythought
Materials needed:
– fresh eucalyptus
– scissors/gardening shears
vegetable glycerine
– water
– vase/large jar for eucalyptus
How to Preserve Eucalyptus @themerrythoughtHow to Preserve Eucalyptus @themerrythoughtHow to Preserve Eucalyptus @themerrythoughtHow to Preserve Eucalyptus @themerrythought How to do it:
Cut branches to length, removing any dead leaves or stems. Trim the end of the branches, cutting at an angle. Bring water to a boil, you will need 2 parts boiling water, to 1 part vegetable glycerin. Combine the boiling water with the glycerin and stir until the glycerin has dissolved into the water.  Pour the mixture in your vase/jar, allow to cool slightly, and add the eucalyptus branches. Arrange the eucalyptus so that all the branches are in the water. Store in a cool, dry spot, out of direct sunlight, while preserving. The process will take anywhere from 2-6 weeks, you’ll need to keep checking the progress to see how it’s doing and add more solution if needed. Once it’s fully preserved, the leaves will be smooth, a little darker, and soft.  The water (and end of the branches) may turn brownish (you can change it out if it’s looking too icky). Once it’s fully preserved, remove the eucalyptus and trim the ends of the branches as needed.  Now you have your own preserved eucalyptus to use as desired…we’ve listed some projects below that you can use it in if you need some inspiration!
How to Preserve Eucalyptus @themerrythought
How to Preserve Eucalyptus @themerrythought
Eucalyptus looks great on it’s own in a jar or vase or tied in a bundle and hanging on the wall. But if you’re looking for other ways to use the eucalyptus you just preserved, here are a few of our favorite projects we’ve used it in:
– DIY Leather & Eucalyptus Mirror
– DIY Yarn & Eucalyptus Wall Hanging
– DIY Greenery Table Garland
– Simple Wreaths
Or just go ahead and hold a bundle and snap a euc selfie and share it with us (@themerrythought) – because we never tire of seeing more eucalyptus!

xo. Manda and Caitlin

  • samanthaMonday, June 15, 2015 - 7:02 pm

    This couldn’t have come at a better time since I just bought a bundle from the farmers market this weekend. I’m going to do this asap!ReplyCancel

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey'sTuesday, June 16, 2015 - 5:59 am

    They look beautiful just on their own! I think I might have some in my dorm room this coming year 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’sReplyCancel

  • KristineThursday, March 3, 2016 - 1:37 pm

    I cant find anywhere about preserving them for longer then 6 weeks. I was going to purchase a bunch of like 16 stems but only using them for the shower so o ly need a few. I would like to preserve what I dont use for a later date to use in the shower when the first bunch loses its fragrance. Any suggestions? Also how long do they last in the shower?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, March 7, 2016 - 11:19 am

      After the process we described, which takes up to 6 weeks, then they are preserved and good for use and display for years and years. Fresh eucalyptus seems to work best in the shower – you can usually get a couple weeks out of them.ReplyCancel

  • LeahTuesday, September 27, 2016 - 10:07 pm

    Can you add food coloring or any coloring to the solution to turn the eucalyptus into a different color?ReplyCancel

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