Also called dried flowers, dead flowers comprise blooms with or without stems that are not fresh anymore. Many people create beautiful and practically no-maintenance arrangements with dead flowers to decorate an indoor or outdoor spot. This inexpensive way of adding color allows homeowners to recycle flowers instead of throwing them out. Dead flower arrangements also have a longer shelf life than fresh. There are many ways of using dead flowers around the house.
Keep dried flower arrangements safe from insects such as roaches, museum beetles and silverfish. Depending on the size of the arrangement, place them in one or several clean, large glass containers with tight-fitting lids. Sprinkle flakes of naphthalene over the flowers and foliage to prevent pests from attacking them, and place the containers over your kitchen counter, shelf or any strategic indoor or outdoor spot.
Cut floral foam to fit the cavity of your vase or container. Determine desired dried flower stem length and cut according to the height of the container. Lower stems of dried flowers and foliage into the container, ensuring each penetrates the foam so it stays in place securely. Review your arrangement to make sure it is well-rounded from all sides. Place the arrangement in a strategic spot to enhance visual interest.
Cut a length of floral wire and twist the ends together so it forms a circle (for a wreath). Follow label directions for inserting the glue stick to the glue gun, and wait for the specified time (which is usually 30 seconds). Glue one side of a dried flower or foliage and attach it to the wire. Repeat this procedure to attach all the flowers and foliage to your wire, creating a thick wreath. Hammer a nail in your front door and hang your dried-flower wreath over it.
Wind a length of wire or elastic band around stems of five to seven dried flowers to form a bundle. Turn the bundle over and cut stem length down to 6 inches. Knot an end of a long ribbon over the band to conceal it, and suspend the arrangement upside down from a window in your house, your patio or balcony ceiling or over your kitchen sink or counter.
Wrap presents in brown butcher paper and tie a ribbon over it for added appeal. Glue dried flowers to the paper, or insert stems under the ribbon so it holds them in place. Depending on personal taste, keep stem length long, or cut them short.
Strip petals and leaves from stems of dried flowers and toss them in a wide, round bowl. Add a few drops of potpourri oil over the petals and mix well to decorate a spot and add aromatherapy.