How to Use Dried Flowers


Look through any gardening book with pictures of formal, backyard or botanical gardens full of flowers and you will have examples of the types of dried flowers available for craft projects. When purchasing assorted dried flowers from a craft store or harvesting local wildflowers or blooms from the garden for drying, using a little creativity and a few supplies will turn the dried flowers into decorative accessories for the home.

Step 1

Purchase assorted dried flowers in bundles or as a single stem from a local craft supply store or through online retail dried flower distributors.

Step 2

Create dried flower craft projects such as decorative grapevine or willow wreaths to accent interior walls and exterior doors, swags for banisters and fireplace mantles during the holidays, decorative bouquets, assorted dried flower arrangements and centerpieces. Use glass vases or ceramic containers to display flowers for a more formal look. Use wicker or woven baskets and metal watering cans for an informal and French country decor look.

Step 3

Gather flowers from your garden for drying. Bind the stems with string and hang in a cool, dry, dark location for one to two weeks to allow flowers to dry naturally. Remove string, secure bundles with ribbon and hang the dried flowers bouquets as decorative accents throughout the home.

Step 4

Create fresh potpourri from home dried flowers. Once the waiting period for home drying is over, place whole, small flower heads, individual petals and dried leaves from flower stems into a bowl or basket to make potpourri. Apply several drops of scented oil to flowers to add a subtle fragrance to the mixture. Follow the same steps as above placing dried flowers inside a glove-sized silk or nylon pouch with a drawstring to make scented sachets.

Step 5

Use dried flowers to create gift items for friends, family and coworkers for holidays and special occasions.

Tips and Warnings

  • To prevent dried flowers from fading and deterioration, do not place in direct sunlight or in front of heat vents or fireplaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Assorted dried flowers
  • Baskets
  • Vases
  • Wreath bases
  • Swags
  • Silk pouches
  • Potpourri oil
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About this Author

Vickie Ferguson began freelancing in1998 and hasn't put the pen down since. Her editorial stints have included working as a reviewer, managing editor and senior managing editor. She writes for several websites and covers a range of topics, including travel guides, gardening, home decor, crafts, pets and wildlife. Ferguson specializes in flower craft articles and has worked in the flower craft business for some time.