Dried flowers provide a versatile and long-lasting option for creating decorative flower crafts and arrangements you can place in your home or office or give as a gift. To put together a beautiful project, all you need is a selection of assorted dried flowers, clear or colored jars in various sizes and a few craft supplies. You can purchase dried flowers or gather an assortment of blooms and stems from your own garden for drying to use in your original creations.
Decorating Inside the Jar
Prepare a work area by laying out the flowers and supplies for the project. Plug in the hot glue gun.
Choose a clear or tinted glass jar. Fill the jar to approximately 1 inch from the rim with small clear or colored stones, beads or pebbles.
Clip flower stems to adjust length and to remove any damaged portions. Insert dried flowers into the jar using tall and short stems to add height and depth to the arrangement.
Fill in around the base of the flowers to the top of the jar's rim with a loose layer of moss. The moss adds a natural look to the arrangement and helps hold the flowers in place.
Flower Jar with Acrylic Filler
Prepare flowers by clipping excess stem length, removing leaves and sorting by type and color.
Pour acrylic water into the jar, filling it halfway with the liquid. Insert flowers into the water to create the pattern for the arrangement.
Place the jar in a cool location and allow the acrylic water to set to its gel form.
Flower Jar with Foam Filler
Measure the opening of the jar and cut a piece of brick foam that will fit through the jar opening, leaving approximately 1 to 2 inches open from the rim to the foam. Shave corners to adjust the brick to fit into the jar.
Cut a piece of tissue paper in half or in quarters if the jar is small. Insert the tissue paper into the jar and press the sheet against the inside of the jar. Allow excess tissue to fan out around the rim of the jar. Trim excess, if necessary.
Insert the foam brick inside the jar. To keep the foam from moving, stuff additional tissue paper around the brick to hold it in place.
Trim and insert flower stems into the foam base. Place moss around the flower base to cover any exposed foam. Use a few dollops of hot glue to secure the moss in place.
Decorating the Outside of the Jar
Prepare the flowers by trimming stems to shorter lengths, removing leaves and clipping a few individual flower heads from stems.
Lay out different sizes of clumps of moss to use on the outside of the jar.
Select a jar to decorate. Lay the jar on its side and place a folded towel on either side of it to secure it.
Apply several strips of hot glue to the jar, then press a clump of moss to the hot glue using a spoon or wooden stick. The moss serves as a base for adding dried flowers. The amount of glue and moss you use will depend on the size of the jar.
Glue flower heads, leaves and flowers with stems onto the moss on the side of the jar. Create small bundles of flowers, secure them with twine, and hot glue them to moss-free spots on the jar's exterior.
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.