Drying flowers is a great way to make a permanent display out of those beautiful spring and summer blooms and autumn pods, but what do you do with the leftover flowers once you have created a dried flower bouquet? Dried flowers are actually useful elements in all sorts of craft and home decoration projects. The ways you can use them are only limited by your imagination.
Dried flower wreaths work as both seasonal and year-round decor. Begin with a grapevine or willow twig ring. Carefully thread dried flowers backed with florist wire into the wreath and hot glue them in place. Glue on dried seed pods to fill in the wreath and add more color. Build new dried flower wreaths each year or add a few new flowers and pods to the same one for an ongoing project.
Decorate a Picture Frame
Attach dried flowers to a picture frame to give it warmth, color and a more natural look. Arrange several dried flower bouquet's and glue them around the periphery of the picture frame or simply place one bouquet in each corner. If you prefer, cut dry flower petals apart and paste them individually onto the picture frame with decoupage medium. Completely cover the picture flame in an overlapping pattern of dried flower petals.
There are a number of ways that you can use dried flowers to make cards for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions. The simplest way is to crumble rose petals, lavender and other fragrant dried flowers into the card to give it a nice fragrance. If you would like to make the dried flowers part of the card, cut the petals up into shapes and paste them to the card to create pictures or messages for the recipient. You can also fold a whole pressed flower into the card as a present for your friend.