These are very popular because you can let your creativity run wild. Not only that, but dried flowers are easy to make and can then be used in many different ways. Flowers can be dried by hanging them upside down in a wardrobe or cupboard for 2 to 3 weeks until ready. They can then be used in bouquets, arrangements or almost anything else crafty that takes your fancy. Don’t be scared to mix and match different types and colours together. Dry them as a bunch for the best results
Just like dried flowers, these are very simple to make. All you need to do is lay them flat between sheets of paper and leave them to dry completely before removing. They work best with some weight on them, so placing them on white paper in the middle of a telephone book would do the trick. Just be careful when drying flowers as some of the colour will come off. Don’t use one of your prized books for this task just in case. Dried flowers can then be used for all manners of craft, but one of the favourites is placing them in a picture frame.
Even though wreaths are often associated with funeral services or even Anzac Day, they can still be a cheery addition to your home. Start with a foam floral wreath base and saturate it with water. You can then add any fresh flowers you like to make your own individual creation by placing the stems into the foam. Leaves, such as those from a fern, also add texture and colour to a wreath that can be an explosion of colour or have a focus on just a few hues. The wreath can be hung (use florist’s wire or ribbon to do this) or displayed. To keep it looking fresh, simply place the base of the wreath into a container of water.
Candles are a beautiful addition to the table for a dinner party or just as a feature by themselves. But you don’t have to be limited by a plain white candle straight from the box. Stick dried or pressed flowers to the candle to create a stunning pattern, or even place the candle in a pot that has small flowers or even a moss growing in it. Experiment with native violets for a taste of both green and beautiful purples and whites.
Remember that it’s not just the flowers that make an individual floral arrangement. What they are placed in also has a big say in the final effect. Rather than use a traditional vase, think outside the square. Play with these ideas:
- Place individual flowers in bottles and then group them together;
- Hot glue coloured pencils to a vase for an amazing effect;
- Wrap a doily around a vase and stitch it in place – this looks great with white flowers;
- Stick family photos or your favourite images from a magazine onto a vase;
- Cover the vase in a variety of ribbons or even strips of wrapping paper to complement a colourful arrangement.