How to Decorate With Dried Flowers

Overview

Fresh flowers are always a nice touch to any home décor, yet their beauty fades fast, usually within a week. Dried flowers, on the other hand, provide long-lasting beauty and are versatile enough to be used in many different home decorating projects. With some common household items and a few craft materials, you can use either store-bought dried flowers or ones you've preserved yourself to create simple and elegant masterpieces.

Step 1

Cover a floral foam wreath with dried flowers using hot glue gun. Spray the wreath with an adhesive or hairspray to help hold the flowers in place and preserve their color. Hang the wreath on the front door, over a mantel or above a couch or bed.

Step 2

Fill a large urn-shaped vase with taller dried flowers and dried grasses. If necessary, add floral foam to the bottom of the vase to hold shorter flowers up higher. Set the vase in an entryway or on either side of a doorway. Similarly, fill several smaller vases of varying heights with dried flowers, and group them together on an end table, kitchen counter or dining table as a centerpiece.

Step 3

Add bunches of dried flowers to a basket and display them on a mantel or coffee table. Fill flat-backed baskets with flowers, and hang them on the wall in the kitchen, dining room or outside your front door.

Step 4

Snip off the dried flower heads from the stems, toss them with some essential oils to add scent, and put them in pretty glass dishes to use as potpourri throughout your home. Another option is to place a glass candle holder with a candle in it on a glass dish and add the potpourri to the dish around the candle holder for a pretty table decoration. Be sure the candle is higher than the potpourri so the flame is away from the flowers.

Step 5

Decorate the edges of a picture frame or framed mirror with dried flowers by gluing the flower heads onto it and hanging it on the wall. Or use several various-sized shadow boxes to frame your dried flowers and group them together on a wall.

Step 6

Place bunches of dried flowers across the top of a mantel or on top of kitchen cabinets. Add some dried grasses or greenery in with the flowers, if desired.

Step 7

Make dried flower topiaries by gluing dried flower heads onto a floral foam ball, then sticking the ball onto a wooden dowel. Put floral foam into a small clay flower pot, stick the wooden dowel into the center, and cover the foam with craft moss. Display your topiary on a table, shelf, or make several in varying heights and group them together as a centerpiece.

Things You'll Need

  • Floral foam wreath
  • Hot glue gun
  • Adhesive spray or hairspray
  • Vases
  • Dried grasses
  • Loose floral foam
  • Baskets
  • Essential oils
  • Glass dishes
  • Glass candle holder
  • Candle
  • Frames
  • Shadow boxes
  • Floral foam ball
  • Wooden dowel
  • Clay flower pot
  • Craft moss

References

  • Country Living: A Home in Full Flower
  • Florage: Dried Flowers
Keywords: dried flowers, dried flower decorations, decorating with flowers

About this Author

Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.