Dried flowers ring in the fall season with their vintage elegance and classic look. Welcome the season with all things vintage and wonderful! Instead of letting your fresh bouquet wilt after a few days, why not transform it into a beautiful decoration by making your own fall dried flower bouquet.
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- Make your own autumn decoration from dried flowers
- Step-by-step instructions on how to make a dried flower bouquet
Make your own fall decorations from dried flowers
Contrary to popular belief, dried flowers are something completely different than dead or wilted flowers. Sure, they may not be freshly picked from the flower farm, but here are a few steps you can take to preserve the beauty of your flowers for even longer.
Take advantage of a beautiful bouquet and turn your fresh flowers into a sentimental keepsake by letting them dry into vintage artwork. Preserved flowers can be used as a wedding keepsake, a reminder of the first time you received a bouquet, and an expression of heartfelt appreciation. They also make a beautiful floral decoration for your home.
Step by step instructions on how to make a bouquet of dried flowers.
The purpose of drying flowers is to remove moisture from the stems while preserving the shape and beauty of the flowers. We’ve put together nine simple steps, as well as some tips and tricks, on how to make your own beautiful dried flower bouquet this fall. With these simple ideas, you can do it too.
Choose the right flowers
The art of drying flowers helps preserve the bouquets you’ve been given – and the memories of them, too. Although most flowers can be dried, some flowers are easier to dry or dry better than others. Therefore, it is important to choose the right flowers for your bouquets. Florists who work with artisan dried flower bouquets usually look for fresh flowers that are almost in full bloom and whose buds have just fully opened.
Avoid using flowers for your dried flower arrangement that have already matured past their full bloom time, as the petals of these flowers can fall off and wilted flowers are an absolute no-no for a stunning dried flower bouquet. Flowers with long, straight stems are also ideal. They are much easier to dry and tie together!
Flowers with low moisture content are usually easier to dry – such as baby’s breath, hydrangeas, celosia, chrysanthemums, rosebuds, gomphrena, statice and sunflowers. So you can think of dried baby’s breath, dried roses, dried hydrangeas and dried sunflowers as part of your fall decor right now! Dried rose petals are also wonderful for a romantic, autumn dried flower bouquet.
Remove excess foliage and greenery
Florists specializing in rustic bouquets recommend removing excess foliage and greenery from the flowers you want to dry. Try to cut off all leaves and thorns as much as possible, but avoid touching the petals. This will ensure that your bouquet has a balanced look. However, you can also do dried grass if you want to incorporate foliage into your bouquet.
Make your own dried flower bouquet in the fall: Drying Methods
Gather the flowers of each variety in small bouquets, as larger bouquets take a longer time to process and dry, and each type of flower dries differently. Dried baby’s breath, for example, dries faster than dried roses. Dry each type of flower separately, as the length of the drying process can vary greatly depending on moisture content and environmental factors.
Let your flowers air dry
One of the easier methods is to air dry your flowers. Many flowers can be easily dried by hanging them upside down in a cool, dark, dry place. Avoid places where they are exposed to sunlight, as sunlight can fade the color of the petals. Tie the flowers into small bouquets with a rubber band or twine and hang upside down to dry.
Combine silica gel with fresh flowers
The magic of silica gel is that you can use it again and again to preserve your flowers. Silica gel is often used to soak up all the moisture from the flowers. Place the silica gel in a microwave safe container along with the flowers you want to dry. Place the mixture of flowers and silica gel in a microwave oven and start on the “thaw” setting while setting the timer between two and five minutes – you may want to experiment with this as different types of flowers have different drying times.
Dry the flowers in the microwave.
Probably one of the nicest ways if you want to make a dried flower bouquet yourself in the fall! It only takes a few minutes and the color of the flowers is effortlessly preserved compared to other methods. It’s also a great alternative if you don’t want to wait weeks for your flowers to dry. The silica gel is optional but very helpful in drying the flowers. You can take the precaution of putting a cup of water in the microwave – the water can absorb some of the microwave radiation and prevent the flowers from accidentally drying out too much.
Use hairspray for preservation
Let the fun begin! Now that your flowers are properly dry and beautiful, you can start arranging your bouquet or create your very own beautiful arrangement ! Let’s start by taking apart the little bunches of flowers once you have dried them using the air drying method. Remove the rubber bands or twine and slowly take the flowers apart, but carefully, as the dried petals can break easily. Use hairspray and spray the flowers moderately to keep the petals intact.
Start with the larger flowers
Select the larger flowers first – they will form the basis of your dried flower bouquet. Start your bouquet with these larger flowers, such as preserved roses, dried hydrangeas or dried sunflowers – whichever are the larger. These flowers will be the focal point of your rustic flower arrangement. Then, choose the smaller flowers like dried baby’s breath and foliage branches like dry grass to complement your bouquet.
Tie the flower stems together
Once you have artfully arranged your dried flower arrangement, you can secure the bouquet with a string. Hang the worthy fall decoration on your walls or opt for the classic look by placing your bouquet in a glass vase. Also tie the stems together with a soft ribbon to make your dried flower arrangement even prettier! If you have any flowers left over, you can safely store them and use them for future craft projects.
Scent the flower arrangement with essential oils.
This is optional, but who wouldn’t love to have a dried flower bouquet that also smells wonderful. With a few drops of essential flower oil, like jasmine and rose, you can scent an entire dried flower bouquet.