Happy Valentine’s Day!
On this special occasion you may be receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers from your loved ones. Why not find a way to preserve them so you can enjoy their beauty for many years to come?
This DIY Dried Roses Bouquet was actually from a beautiful arrangement of a violet blue roses that my husband surprised me with on my birthday a few months ago. They were so captivating with such a unique hue that I pondered what I could do to keep their beauty intact. I decided to dry them before they went into full bloom.
There are varying techniques of drying flowers. You can use a microwave, a dehydrator, or simply do it the old-fashion way, which is to ‘air-dry’. I definitely prefer the latter and have enjoyed converting flower petals into either potpourri or showcasing them in display boxes. But this time, I wanted to use this pretty glass vase I bought from Ikea, which only cost me $3.99.
Here’s what I did:
(1) I gathered the roses, removed any leaves and foliage, and laid them out in a line and waited about a week to dry. I made sure I kept them in an area where they would not be disturbed (i.e. my sometimes naughty #CalicoKiwi is so fond of nibbling on the petals!) and are far from the sun’s rays (this helps ensure they preserve their color).
(2) After the roses have completely dried (they look fantastic with their beautiful color and their shape was definitely preserved!) I measured the length of the vase and cut the roses to that exact length.
(3) I took the excess stem and placed them inside the vase (never throw anything you can use!). By doing this I create the illusion of a thick bouquet. Then I added the flowers one at a time, with their stems intertwined.
(4) And voila! Here’s the results:
Now I can enjoy these flowers for many years!
I use mine to accentuate the jewelry tray in my Blogging and Keep Collective Office. Occasionally I also use to add ambiance whenever I host a tea party.
This dried roses bouquet looks so pretty that I do believe I will try this simple craft again (I guess we will have to see if the Hubby still gives me flowers!).
There are many ways you can create a dried floral accent.
Some of the helpful tips are:
- Instead of laying them flat, try hanging them to dry using dental floss or rubber bands. You can also use a metal-wire hanger to tie the strings to.
- Spray the dried up florals with a non-scented hairspray
- When using rectangular-shaped vases, try piercing the stems of the roses onto a floral craft green foam. This will help them stand up.
- When using round shaped vase without a narrow stem, follow the same instructions, but tie a ribbon or use a brown wire wrap to hold the flowers in place.
Have you tried drying roses before? Or what are your other techniques for preserving flowers? Do share your ideas, tips, and personal stories!