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5 Easy Dried Flower Crafts

Don’t throw your flowers away once they start to wilt and lose their luster! There are tons of fun and easy DIY projects you can do with dried flowers. Spruce up your bath time with floral bath bombs or make a decorative shadow box for your home. These projects are perfect to do with younger children and are great for gift-giving. See how you can get creative and start putting your old flowers to use!

1. Bath Bomb

Making a floral bath bomb is actually easier than you think. With baking soda, essential oils, citric acid, flowers, and bath bomb molds you can make your very own bath bombs!

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How Do I Dry My Wedding Bouquet?

Ask The Expert: How do I dry my wedding bouquet? I have a small bouquet of white roses that I want to dry & keep the flowers. What steps do iI take?

Flower Shop Network‘s Plant Expert Reply: Air Drying is the most common method of preserving roses. First, cover your roses in a paper bag and shake them with salt to help preserve color. Tie a string around the stems and hang them upside down. Make sure they are completely free from moister, which will cause them to mold. Hang them in a warm, dry and dark place with good ventilation for a two weeks. This will prevent moisture from becoming trapped between the flowers which can mold them.

There are many other ways to dry flowers, but air drying is the easiest and cheapest. Once they are completely dry, be careful handling them because they will be brittle.

You can also find professional wedding bouquet preservation services in your area through this site.

Check out these dried flower ideas for uses after your flowers are dry.

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What To Do With 30 Year Old Dried Flowers

Ask The Expert: I have some dried pansies that my mom pressed between wax paper…..They have been that way for probably for 30 plus years. I would like to do something with them but am afraid they would crumble to nothing…..I thought about using them in scrapbooks and make some bookmarks for family…..
How do you think they will react to me taking off the wax paper?
All thoughts are welcome


Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply: Vaye, It’s hard to say what will happen when you remove them from the wax paper. As long as they have been kept away from moisture, they should be fine and come out of the wax paper easily. Once they are out, they will be extremely fragile. Using them on anything that can bend, like bookmarks and scrapbook paper, may not be a good idea. If you put the flowers on a sturdy backing, such as cardboard, they may be okay. Make sure your scrapbook paper is acid-free.

Here are a few other ideas for using dried flowers:

  • Dried Flowers Under GlassFrame them. Make a pattern, or arrange them like a bouquet and place them in a frame under glass. This will protect and display them for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Make Jewelry. There are jewelry kits you can get to put small items under resin. You can easily place your pressed flowers into a charm and fill with resin for a lasting keepsake.
  • Home Decor. If resin peaks your interest, you can make all sorts of great home decor with kits. Make coasters, paperweights and more!
  • Candles. Melt wax to create new candles and press your dried flowers into the outside for a unique, decorative touch.
  • Découpage. Decoupage your flowers onto clear glass, such as vases or plates for a unique dried flower gift.

Hope this helps!

Is Dried Baby’s Breath Toxic To Live Cut Roses?

Roses & Baby's BreathAsk The Plant Expert: We had some dried baby’s breath saved from a previous vase of roses.  We put the dried baby’s breath into a new vase of roses, and all the roses died within 4 days, after bending over and facing down and losing leaves.  Normally we can keep roses alive in a vase for a week or two, and then they finally die facing up without losing leaves.  We used the same vase we always use, same tap water supply, same rose food, and same store where we always purchase the roses.  The only thing we did differently was to add the dried baby’s breath.  Is it possible that the dried baby’s breath was toxic to the live cut roses? Thanks. -Dave

Flower Shop Network‘s Plant Expert Reply: When it comes to dried flowers, the rule is absolutely NO moisture. Even high humidity can damage most dried and preserved florals. Unfortunately, when your dried baby’s breath was put into the water it began to rot and mold, thus turning the water for your roses toxic. Don’t worry, there are ways to mix dry florals with fresh flowers! You must prevent the water from getting to your dried stems, do this by

  1. Wrapping the stems in floral tape
  2. Coating/dipping the stems into melted wax
  3. OR coating/dipping your stems into melted glue. (Like from a hot glue gun.)

Dried flowers mixed with fresh flowers can create a very unique and beautiful flower arrangement, you’ve just got to prep it! Thanks for your question, Dave! Hope this helps!

What IS This Dried Flower?

Ask the Expert: help identify a dried flower

My mother whom is now passed away got these flowers in a dried arrangement years ago. I was wondering what kind of flower is this? I’ve been searching for sometime now, any help is greatly appreciated. A photo is attached for your consideration.
Thank you,
Jennifer Nutter

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How to attach dried flowers to a shadow box.

Flower Shop Network has an interesting newsletter about dried flowers.  One of the dried flower concepts was to place them in a shadow box design.  A reader from North Carolina recently ask me how to attach the dried flowers to the back of a shadow box.

Although my experience is limited, I have created shadow boxes with dried flowers.  If I had the ability to permanently attach the dried flowers to the container, I used hot glue.  (There are also some spray adhesives that can be used with dried flowers).  I have known designers who have “picked” the dried flowers and inserted them into Styrofoam.

The key to using dried flowers is to make sure they are firmly attached either to the container or each other. (I have seen bouquets of dried flowers tried together with ribbon so that they stand on their own without a container.)  Dried flowers seem more fragile than fresh flowers, as a result most people are hesitant to use them.  The essential element in designing with dried flowers is to cover the mechanics.  When you use hot glue use it sparingly and don’t leave a trail.  If you choose to use picks make sure they are hidden.  Even with ribbon, I tend to use a little hot glue but use it conservatively.  Avoid products that will cause the dried flowers to become sticky — you don’t want dust to adhere to them.

Every day I learn a new floral design trick.  If you know a technique for attaching dried flowers to a shadow box that I haven’t mentioned or a tips on the techniques I’ve mentioned please post your comments.  Knowledge is the door to everything and sharing knowledge is the key that opens it.