Bouquets are a lovely gift to get from others, and they can also be a delightful surprise for ourselves, but they don’t stay forever. Instead of discarding your bouquet, consider repurposing it. You might not know what to do With Dead Flowers, but I have created a list of some of my favorite methods to keep a bouquet’s enchantment alive long after the flowers have died.
You can make a wreath, make your floral surface cleaner, and more with dried flowers. These crafts are an opportunity to enjoy a bouquet even after the flowers have died!
1. Make a Room Spray
You may manufacture your natural room spray by combining alcohol, aromatic oils, and a few other items. With so many options for scents and ingredients, this is a simple and quick task. The room spray can be visually attractive by simply adding dried flowers to the container.
Here’s how to make your floral room spray at home.
- Fill a spray bottle halfway with distilled water and the other half with witch hazel.
- Fill the spray container with 15-30 drops of your chosen essential oil(s). Mix with a shaker.
- Decorate the bottle with a few dried flowers or petals.
2. Use Them in Your Journal
Add some blooms from your bouquet to your diary to make it more appealing! It is a wonderful way to save your bouquet and remember the memories linked with it. Tape or glue can be used to stick the flowers between the pages, or they can be left free-floating.
3. Make a Wreath
Make a floral wreath for your home as an additional creative project. You’ll only need a wire hoop or grapevine wreath, floral wire, and dried flowers to make this wreath. Your wreath or hoop can be decorated with little bundles of flowers in any style or arrangement that you want using floral wire. Whether you want to welcome spring or decorate for a garden party, these wreaths are a wonderful way to do so.
4. Make a Floral Surface Cleaner
People who enjoy keeping their homes fresh may want to try producing a surface cleaner that will leave your house smelling wonderful. You can either produce a small batch of cleaner or a large batch, according to how many flowers you have. This is a cheap and easy DIY project that will add some excitement to your next cleaning day.
To produce your floral surface cleaner:
- Combine half cup distilled white vinegar and half cup water in a spray bottle. Mix thoroughly with a shaker.
- Add about 15-20 drops of your desired essential oil to your bathwater (s). To incorporate the oils, shake the bottle a second time.
- A few dried flowers or a few petals can be added to the dish as a finishing touch.
Use these printable storage labels to help you clean and organize the rest of your house!
5. Make “Stained Glass”
Make a suncatcher out of your bouquet’s flowers to replicate the beauty of stained glass. You can decorate your windows with suncatchers, which are little decorations that beautifully reflect light.
Encase your flowers between two pieces of glass or plastic and arrange them in whatever way you wish. Make sure to push hard on the metallic tape to ensure that your suncatcher is secure. When the sun shines down, you may enjoy your “stained glass” artwork.
6. Create Flower Petal Beads
Think about making beads out of your flower petals if you’re a fan of jewelry. Using this method, flower petal “clay” can be formed into beads, which involves heating the petals in water for several days in an oven. If you have a bridal bouquet, you may turn it into a memorable thank you present for your bridesmaids!
7. Make Bath Products
Do you enjoy taking a hot bath? Flowers that are no longer blooming can be thrown away or recycled. Try making bath bombs or bath salts out of those old flowers you have lying around! To create either of these, look up a recipe online. With just a few items and a few minutes of your time, you may have a soothing, floral bath.
Try the following recipe for floral bath salts:
- In a basin or jar, mix 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup Dead Sea salt, and 1⁄2 cup baking soda. Mix thoroughly.
- Gather up some flower petals or buds and add them to the salt.
- Mix in your essential oils before using them.
8. Create Wall Art
Utilize any dead flowers you may have to make a one-of-a-kind piece of wall art. They must first be pressed before being placed in a frame or on a canvas, but you can also use an adhesive to mount the flowers straight on your wall.
There are various ways to use the flowers, like arranging them to create an image or landscape or creating an art collage. There are so many possibilities!
9. Make Candles
Make your candles with a unique twist to bring a touch of elegance and comfort to your home. Put some dried flowers in your wax for an extra touch of creativity. A beautiful, homemade candle can be made with these, but they won’t have any perfume (you’ll need fragrance oils).
You may dry flowers in many ways, but if you’re busy at the moment, try heating them in a bowl of silica sand first. A tiny cup of water and sand is all that is needed to make a flower arrangement in the microwave. Take them out and microwave them for 30 seconds at a time until they’re dry.
10. Frame Them
If you like the look of dried flowers, you might want to put them in a picture frame or shadow box to show off in your home. Framed pressed flowers make great home decor, and it’s a simple craft to make. A book can be used to press flowers, and you can put them in between the pages. Then you can put more books on top of that one. In about two weeks, your flowers will be dry and flat.
If you want to keep your wedding bouquet, boutonniere, or another floral gift, this is a good choice. You might also want to add small photos or ticket stubs from your special event to the pressed flowers. You can hang the frame up or put it on a desk or table if you want. Flowers last a long time, so enjoy them while you can.
11. Make Potpourri
If you want to make a simple and cheap craft, you can use your dead flowers to make your potpourri. You can use any flower for this project. It’s best to use roses, lavender, or peonies because they keep their shape and color well when they dry out.
Flowers need to be dried out for a few days before mixing them with 3-5 drops of natural ingredients (rose, lavender, or Avocado Oil are good choices). Then, give heat to your mixture for a few hours.
So, there are many ways to reuse dead flowers; you can either use them as décor in your home or make unique gifts for the people you care about. Hopefully, you’ve liked my list of methods to recycle dead flowers.