What To Do With Dead Flowers: 8 Ways to Repurpose a Bouquet
Fresh-cut flowers are the perfect addition to brighten up your home or office. However, they don’t last very long and it’s always a little sad tossing them in the trash. What if we told you there was a way to keep those flowers around a little longer to enjoy them long after they’ve died? It’s true! You can keep your lovely bouquets around long after they’ve faded with these simple projects.
1. Create a Dried Bouquet
One of the easiest ways to preserve fresh flowers is to dry them. You can use your dried flowers to make a decorative arrangement for your favorite vase or spray them with your favorite essential oil and hang them on your wall. Drying flowers is very easy. Just follow these simple steps:
– Remove the flowers from their vase.
– Trim the stems to your preferred length.
– Hang each flower upside down individually to dry. You can also rubberband a full bouquet and hang it. However, individual stems dry quicker due to better air circulation.
– Use unflavored, plain dental floss to hang your flowers upside down in a dim or dark location with good airflow.
– Allow your flowers to dry for two to four weeks.
2. Make Homemade Potpourri
Once you’ve dried your flowers, you can use the entire flower buds, petals, or both to make a lovely and fragrant potpourri. You can simply add your favorite fragrance or essential oil to your dried flowers or quickly dry fresh flowers. Either way, make sure your flowers are completely dry so they do not mold.
For fresh flowers, follow these steps for optimal results:
– Spread your flower heads and petals on a baking sheet.
– Dry your flowers in an oven at 93° Celsius (200° Fahrenheit), which may take up to two hours.
– Place dried flowers in an airtight container with a lid and add two or three drops of essential oils for your ideal scent. Rose, lemon, lavender, and cinnamon are among the most common fragrances for the home.
– Store for six to eight weeks to allow the flowers to absorb the essential oils.
When your potpourri is ready, you can place it in a decorative bowl in your home or office for a lovely smelling decorative accent.
3. Homemade Dried Flower Body Scrub
Save your dried buds and pedals to add them to your favorite bath salts. Simply mix your favorite petals with Epsom salts, sea salt, baking soda, and essential oils for a natural floral body scrub. It’s an easy way to add a little extra luxury to your bathtime routine.
4. DIY Ombre Light Feature
Using white thread, rope or a clear fishing line, hang dried flowers from small Command hooks or tacks. You can add some of your favorite fairy lights, garland, or other decorative accents to add to the look of your wall hanging.
5. Make Pressed Flower Art
You can use your old flowers to make unique pressed flower art. Simply place your flower buds and petals between two paper towels, place the paper towels in the center of a hardcover book, and close the book. Depending on the size of your flowers, you may need to place a few more books on top for extra pressure. After a week or two, remove the flowers from the book and paper towels. Select your cardstock and coat it with decoupage glue. Gently arrange the pressed flowers on the glue-coated surface and press them in place. You can hang it as is or place your creation in a nice picture frame. Either way, you’ll enjoy your work of art for years to come!
6. Scented Room Spray
Make your own room spray with essential oils, alcohol, and dried flowers. Add to a nice glass bottle and leave it on display or use it to scent your room with your favorite fragrance. This cute little creation also makes a great housewarming or birthday gift.
7. Decorative Accent for a Gift
Are you tired of boring and wasteful wrapping paper? Consider adding small dried flowers and other foliage to your gift wrapping. This is a super easy way to spruce up even the plainest wrapping paper.
8. Elevate a Clear Cell Phone Case
Who wouldn’t love a custom floral phone case? Now you can make one yourself. Start with a clear cell phone case. Place your favorite dried flower inside and once you have them in your preferred position lock your cell phone in place. Voila! Your very own customized cell phone case.
With a little time and effort, you can repurpose your dead flowers into beautiful and functional creations to enhance your decor and life. Are you looking for a luxurious fresh floral arrangement to celebrate a special occasion? Perhaps you want to send a loved one flowers to express your love or gratitude? As the leading luxury flower shop in Dubai, we import the highest quality and varieties of unique fresh flowers from all over the world to create innovative arrangements to help you express your feelings of love, joy, passion, condolences, and so much more.
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