A dried flower wreath can be used to decorate a wall, mantel piece or door. You can use flowers that you have grown in your own garden and dried, or purchased from a florist or commercial grower. Flowers with weak or ruined stems that are placed into a dried flower wreath should be wired and taped. Flowers with stiff stems can be directly placed into the foam form that is used to determine the wreath shape.
Cut pieces of the fresh everlasting flower, and German statice off the thick branches and separate them into a pile. The German statice may be a little prickly as it has hundreds of tiny white star shaped papery blossoms with maroon throats on hard stems and twigs. It is easier to work with fresh German statice from the florist before it dries. Place the dry foam form on to a flat work surface.
Insert pieces of the German statice into the foam for a background for the rest of the flowers. It is a good filler for this type of project. Start filling in the entire wreath form at the outer edge and work your way to the center of the curved foam. Use the glue gun to squirt glue on to any stems that seem too loose to secure them into the foam permanently.
Cut the natural or wired stems of dried flowers and grasses that you have collected to 4 to 6 inch lengths from stem to flower top with heavy scissors.
Insert the larger dried flowers such as roses here and there in the wreath form after applying some glue on to the stems. Stand back and look at your project. Push the wired stems of straw flowers and any sturdier stemmed blossoms firmly into the foam of the wreath to fill the wreath out more. Hot glue the stems in place if they move easily or they will fall out.
Insert stems of the more delicate flowers and grasses into the outer edge of the wreath and work your way in toward the center. Use a quick jabbing motion and the stem should sink into the foam. Add small twigs of blossoms into the wreath to fill in any sparse areas of the floral wreath. Wrap a stem against a short piece of wire using floral tape for fine stems that break or bend easily.
Add a fluffy ribbon or raffia bow on a wired stick to the wreath.
Things You Will Need
- Dry foam wreath or heart form
- 2 to 3 bunches of fresh German statice
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters
- Dried flowers--roses, babies breath, white straw flowers, cockscomb, purple or yellow statice
- Dried wheat, flax
- Florist wire and tape
- Ribbon bow (optional)