For thousands of years, artists, botanists, and hobbyists have enjoyed drying and pressing blooms and plants. As well as the traditional methods, there are numerous other inspiring ways to make the most of dried flowers.
If pressed correctly, these floral displays can last for years to come too. Here we have a selection of these methods if you’re keen to get creative with your blooms.
1. Vase arrangements to enjoy morning and night
One of the most prevalent ways to showcase dried blooms is by arranging them in a vase. Begin by inserting a piece of floral foam into the base of your vase or vessel.
The next step requires you to distribute the previously pressed foliage evenly, starting with the tallest stems. For a more varied approach, cut the stems into alternating lengths to create a unique shape. This display is a great option for a centerpiece and can be tailored to any size, style, or hue.
For best results, match the floral display to its surroundings. You can even use a basket or straw tote as opposed to a vase if you wish. Fill either of these vessels with lavender, rice flowers, and bunny tail grass.
2. Fashion pressed blooms into a wreath or flower crown
For a quirky, boho-inspired flower crown or wreath, and one which lasts a great deal longer than a fresh flower crown, pressed blooms are a great option. Whether you’re creating this for a festival, wedding, or birthday party, begin by selecting colour combinations that promise to complement the occasion.
These can be based on the event theme or your outfit. From sophisticated styles to crowns and wreaths boasting whimsical, natural textures in earthy tones, there is a style to suit all.
3. Embellish gift wrapping with dried flowers and foliage
Add pretty floral embellishments to presents by attaching dried flowers and foliage to the wrapping paper using twine to secure the dried blooms in place. Finish with ribbon and voila, the packaging will be just as appealing as the gift inside.
If you’re looking for a simple way to enhance your table set-up or create an eye-catching display at a party or wedding, this is could be just what you need.
4. Create a unique phone case using dried flowers
If you want to view your favorite dried flowers at all times, creating a phone case embellished with an array of pretty, colourful blooms – and is easier than you may think! First things first? You’ll need to invest in a clear phone case.
Once your blooms have been pressed and dried, place them onto the phone case, securing them into place with PVA glue or clear resin.
The end result is a stylish design that can be tailored to any outfit using different styles and colours of blooms.
5. Produce floral resin coasters
DIY floral resin coffee coasters are another good way to prolong the life of a beautiful floral arrangement. Whether making them for yours truly or for your friends, this handmade botanical gift certainly has the ‘wow’ factor. It’s also a great project to take on with the kids in the summer holidays.
Asides from their aesthetic appeal, these coasters promise to protect precious surfaces, while creating a talking point whenever they are used.
6. Make a statement with your letters and cards
Instead of sending a simple card with little decor, create handcrafted versions using pressed blooms. Asides from adding a personal sentiment to stationary and any letters or cards you send, pressed flowers to add color and style to an otherwise simple message.
You can even decorate your own journal with blooms you’ve collected from walks in the park or your garden throughout the year. For best results, steer clear of flowers with succulent stems, thick stems, or heavy leaves.
7. Use simple clear frames to create a statement piece
Make your own artwork for yours truly or as a gift using some of your favorite pressed flowers and plants from your garden, online florists, or the local countryside. Pressed, dried flowers look incredibly elegant and stylish when enclosed in clear glass frames.
Some simple frames can be purchased at low cost too, enabling you to create your masterpieces without needing to break the bank. You can then add these creations to blank walls, your desk, or a side table for an injection of colour too.
As well as these seven examples of creative uses for pressed flowers, you’ll find many more on the internet, all with easy-to-follow tutorials and step-by-step instructions.
Whether you’re looking for a project to take on with the kids or wish to prolong the life of a wedding bouquet or floral gift, there are many ways to use pressed flowers, plants, and shrubs.