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Four Uses for Old Flowers and Bouqs

Dried Flower Arrangements

Flowers make a great gift, whether they are for a loved one or you got them for yourself to treat yo’ self. Unfortunately, as all living things do, flowers eventually die, so they are a temporary gift to give. Maybe you want to preserve flowers from your wedding, or maybe you have a Bouq that stole your heart and you want to extend its life, crafts with dried flower arrangements are a fun way to keep the flowers for longer.

 

How to Dry Flowers

Maybe you want a simple way to preserve a flower as is, or perhaps drying flowers is the first step in an all-out dead flower crafting session. It doesn’t matter because pressing flowers is a simple process that will help you keep any dried flower arrangements for as long as you want. The process is as easy as one, two, three (as you’ll see below.)

Materials Needed

  • Flowers
  • A large book
  • Parchment paper
  • A weight 

Steps

  1. Line a few of the pages of the book with parchment paper.
  2. Place the flowers face down on the parchment paper. Close them into the book.
  3. Place a weight on top of the closed book and let the dead flowers dry for 7-10 days inside the book undisturbed. Check to be sure that the flower is completely dried out and has a papery consistency. Once they do, they’re done! Told you it was easy as one, two, three!

 

Dried Flower Greeting Cards

Homemade cards aren’t just for kids to make! They’re more personal and heartfelt, and it doesn’t matter if you’re not crafty or artistic. The imperfections on homemade cards are all a part of what makes a homemade card special and unique. Looking for a way to get around your ability to draw? Use dried flower arrangements instead.

Materials Needed

  • Dried flowers/plants
  • Wax paper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Clear-drying craft glue
  • Paper (any paper will do, but watercolor crafting paper is less likely to wrinkle from the craft glue)

Steps

  1. Follow the steps above to press your dead flowers.
  2. Lay the pressed flowers on wax paper. By using wax paper for a working surface, you will prevent flowers from sticking to everything and falling apart in the process.
  3. Arrange the flowers on the paper before you even bother using glue. Get an idea of how you want them placed.
  4. Paint the glue onto the flowers. Using the tweezers, place them onto the paper. use the glue sparingly; you’ll need less than you think to get the flowers to stick.
  5. Once you have finished gluing the flowers to your card, place a piece of wax paper over the card and place a heavy book on top of your card and let them dry for 24 hours.

 

Dried Flower Bath Bombs

Everyone needs a spa day every now and again! Whether you are looking to make homemade gifts for your friends or you want to enjoy your dried flower arrangements for weeks to come, a bath bomb filled with dried flowers is a luxurious way to do that. Before you know it, you will be in your own at home spa!

Materials Needed

  • 1/2 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1 Cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 teaspoons Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/8 Teaspoons Rose Essential Oil
  • Dried flower petals
  • Witch Hazel in a spray bottle
  • Bath Bomb Molds 

Steps

  1. First, you will need to sift the citric acid and baking soda into a bowl. This will make sure there are no clumps in your bath bomb mixture and you’ll start with a smooth and even consistency.
  2. Next, mix in the essential oils. Using your hands is the easiest way to get the essential oil evenly distributed and make sure no clumps form. Once it’s mixed, pour in the oats and stir them in.
  3. The next step is to wet the mixture. Spray the witch hazel into the bath bomb mixture and mix it in. Spray a little bit at a time and then mix until it’s even and continue that process until the bath bomb mixture is just damp enough that it will hold a mold. Think of the level of moisture you would want in a sand castle. If it gets too wet, it will just slosh around. If it’s too dry, it won’t stick together.
  4. Next, you need your bath bomb molds. You will fill one half of the mold at a time. Sprinkle some of the dried flowers in the bottom of one half for decoration on the outside of the bath bomb. Sprinkle some bath bomb mixture on top of the dried flowers, then pat it in with your thumb. Sprinkle more flowers on top of that, then more bath bomb mix, then flowers, then bath bomb mix until the half of the bath bomb mold is filled.
  5. Fill the other half of the mold with just the bath bomb mixture. Carefully take both halves of the mold and press them together firmly so both halves of the bath bomb compress together.
  6. Lift one half of the mold off and gently slide the bath bomb out. Placing something soft like a towel or a folded sheet under a piece of cling wrap is a good surface to remove the bath bombs onto. This will prevent them from shattering.
  7. Let the bath bombs dry for 24-48 hours. After that, they will be ready to use! If you aren’t going to use them right away, keep them in an airtight container so they keep moisture out of them.

 

Pressed Flower Lanterns

Pressed flower lanterns are a great way to turn a dried flower arrangement into a fun backyard decoration that can light up any late summer night, backyard BBQ, or outdoor shindig. They’re easy to make, but they look really fancy so you’re sure to impress your friends with your new found craftiness.

Materials Needed

  • Flowers and greenery
  • Wax paper
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting board or self-healing cutting mat
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or cloth for pressing
  • Washi tape 

Steps

  1. Once you have dried flowers, measure and cut four 4 1/2x 9 inch rectangles of wax paper. You can adjust the measurements to make them bigger or smaller if you want, but if you follow these measurements you will get a nice cubed lantern.
  2. Fold one of the rectangles of wax paper you cut out in half. Place some of your dried flowers in between each side of wax paper.
  3. Set your iron to medium and iron over the wax paper with the dead flowers inside of them. Ironing them will fuse both sides of the wax paper together. Repeat until you have all four sides of the panels.
  4. Lay the two panels next to each other. Make sure the side that you want to show on the outside of the lantern is facing you. Cut a piece of washi tape an inch longer than one of your panels. Center the tape over where the panels meet and press in place.
  5. Flip the panels over and press the excess tape onto the inside of the lantern. Create a crease by folding at the tape. Continue this process until you have taped all four sides together.
  6. Put an LED candle or tea light in a glass holder in the lanterns, light them up, and enjoy!

 

Pressed Flower Temporary Tattoos

You can turn your favorite dried flower arrangement into part of your outfit for music festival season. It will be a unique accessory that no one will be wearing, but as soon as everyone sees them, they will want to be. No matter the event, if you show up in pressed flower temporary tattoos, you’ll be giving off the ultimate magical fairy vibes!

Materials Needed

  • Dried flowers
  • Eyelash glue
  • Hairspray
  • Paintbrush

Steps

  1. Once you have dried flowers, use eyelash glue to stick them to whichever body part you want to create your temporary tattoos with. If you are tattooing more sensitive areas or you want the flowers to come off quickly, use vaseline instead of eyelash glue. Arrange however you want, get creative!
  2. Once you have your flower “tattoos” arrange, hairspray them to seal them on for a day of flowery goodness!

 

Don’t Forget to Purchase Replacement Flowers

Of course, once you save your dried flower arrangements by turning it into one of these crafts, you’ll want to purchase a new Bouq to take its place. Fortunately, we have gorgeous, fresh flowers that will match any mood, occasion, or preference–we promise!

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