Instructions for Dry Flower Bouquets


Fresh flower bouquets enhance the beauty and appeal of a spot with their brightly colored blooms and foliage and enchanting aroma. However, these flowers wither and wilt in a matter of days and need to be removed. Dry flowers, on the other hand, provide the same decorative feature, but last longer than fresh ones. They are also practically maintenance-free. You can dry them yourself by hanging them upside down in a warm, dry environment until they are free of any moisture.

Step 1

Form a C-shape using the thumb and fingers of your less-dominant hand. Use this hand as a holder for the flowers as you arrange them. Hold it so you look directly over the flowers and they are parallel to the floor.

Step 2

Lift three to five dry flowers with your dominant hand and place them in the C-shape. These form the central flowers.

Step 3

Lift another dry flower and lower it into your less-dominant hand, positioning it at an angle so it is slightly lower than the central flowers. Insert two more dry flowers, each at an angle, around your central flowers. Keep these two blooms level with the previously added flowers, but slightly lower than the central flowers.

Step 4

Add three to four more dry flowers to your arrangement. Slide the stem of each at an angle to form a well-rounded (dome-shaped) arrangement. Add remaining flowers and any foliage if you desire. Depending on personal taste, add stems of foliage around the dry flowers to edge the bouquet, or insert stems in the middle, between flower stems, for contrasting color.

Step 5

Wind a length of elastic band or floral tape around the stems to hold them together.

Step 6

Flip the flowers over and trim the stems down to your desired length, or according to the vase or container you want to place them in. Wind a length of decorative ribbon around the stems of the dry flowers and foliage, directly over the elastic band or tape, to conceal it. Knot it in a bow, or secure the ends together with a corsage pin. Place in a dry vase and display on a wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry flowers and foliage
  • Floral tape
  • Scissors
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Corsage pin
  • Vase


  • "A Master Guide to the Art of Floral Design"; Alisa A. de Jong-Stout; 2006
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