Make dried flowers yourself
How to create a beautiful bouquet
Making dried flowers yourself is very easy. GALA tells you which flowers and grasses are best and how you should proceed with drying.
No way old-fashioned and dusty: Dried flowers are back from the 80s and are now trendy Living trend. No wonder, because pampas grass and Co. are not only a stylish decoration, but also score points in terms of sustainability. Once the plants are completely dry, they will last almost forever.
Regardless of whether you want to keep a memory with a dried bouquet or just one nice decoration want to create for your living area: It is very easy to make dried flowers yourself. GALA shows you how this works best.
Which flowers are suitable for drying?
In principle, you can dry all flowers and grasses. The drying time and the result vary depending on the plant. Specimens that contain less moisture and one soft stem have dried out after just a few days. They also do not disintegrate as quickly when dried. The following plants do particularly well and are popular classics in everyone Dry bouquet:
- Star umbels
- Everlasting flowers
- Star scabiosis
- Pampas grass
Varieties with one firm handle need a longer time to dry. Sometimes you have to be patient for up to two weeks. The wait is worth it, because especially dried roses, blue thistles or colorful everlasting flowers are an eye-catcher in every bouquet of dried flowers. Eucalyptus branches are also a great eye-catcher with their silver-green leaves. Be sure to try out different plants and combine your DIY drying bouquet as you wish.
Instructions: Make dried flowers yourself
To dry flowers, you need a branch or wooden stick, string or Gardener bast and of course cut flowers of your choice. To get a nice result, you should do the following:
- Step 1: Remove the Leaves and thorns on the lower third of the stems, so that the flower comes into its own.
- Step 2: Cut the flowers at an angle and put them in for a few hours fresh water. So you can soak yourself up with water again and get better stability later.
- Step 3: Take the flowers out of the water and tie the same varieties together in small bunches. You attach these to the branch so that the small bouquets with the Flowers down dangle. This way, they stay in their original shape after drying.
- Step 4: Hang the branch on a warm and dry place on. Tip: The flowers should not be exposed to direct sunlight during the drying process, as this will fade the color of the flowers.
- Step 5: Depending on the variety, you can “harvest” your dried flowers after a few days or weeks. To make delicate dried flowers last longer, you can add something to them Hairspray fix and then combine them into decorative dry bouquets, arrangements or bouquets.
Tip: Use this method to dry yours too, for example Bridal bouquet or individual flowers from it to keep as a souvenir. Alternatively, you can press individual flowers out of the bouquet. You can find out how to do this below.
DIY: tie a bouquet of dried flowers
You can use yours when tying your bouquet of dried flowers creativity Let free rein and put together what you like. If you still have no idea how to design your bouquet, here are some tips you can use to achieve a beautiful result:
- Choose one or more flowers as central eye-catcher for your bouquet. To do this, you should choose flowers with large and magnificent blooms. For example, roses or hydrangeas are good. The exotic Protea plant also looks great as the center of the bouquet.
- Add another variety to the flowers in the center Flowers or grass such as pampas grass or wheat grass. In this way you create a varied base for your bouquet of dried flowers.
- Finally, you drape Companion flowers around the bouquet. More inconspicuous flowers with smaller flowers or stems with leaves are suitable here. Good choices are, for example, gypsophila, eucalyptus or small, colorful everlasting flowers.
- Now you can tie your finished bouquet with a ribbon fix and present it in a matching vase as a decoration.
DIY: tie the wall wreath
With dried flowers you can not only make beautiful bouquets, but also great ones Wall wreaths produce. Whether as a decoration for your own four walls or for a wedding or celebration – a self-made wall wreath made of flowers is always a beautiful eye-catcher. All you need is a metal or Wooden hoops and floral wire.
To make the wreath, first tie the Dried flowers in small bouquets together. Then use the floral wire to attach one bouquet after the other to the hoop. The bouquets should overlap so that there are no “bald spots”. Leave the last third of the tire free, it looks lighter and more modern than a fully equipped wreath. Finally, you can use a hot glue gun to fill small holes with pretty flower heads.
Of the creativity there are no limits to the design. For example, combine fresh blossoms or leaves with the dried flowers for a summery effect or mix pine cones and rose hips into your wreath in autumn. Feathers can also be a great eye-catcher in a flower wreath.
DIY: Pressing flowers
Another great way to dry flowers is to press them. Perhaps you remember it from your childhood. Depending on how much moisture the flower contains, pressing can take a few days or several weeks. Flat flowers such as violets or daisies are particularly suitable for pressing.
With a book
You can simply squeeze small flowers or cut flowers between the pages of a book. To do this, insert Piece of cardboard in the book and place one or more flowers on it. Then put a sheet of paper on top of the flowers and close the book. After a few days, check on your flowers and replace the discolored sheet of paper if necessary.
With a flower press
Instead of a book, you can have a Flower press use. This consists of two square ones Wooden writing with screws on the corners, cardboard and paper. Layer the materials on top of one another in the following order: the wooden disc at the bottom, then the cardboard, then the paper and then the flowers. Then comes the second paper to cover the flowers, cardboard and on top the second wooden disc. Screw the press on tightly and replace any discolored paper after a few days.
Tip: Great collagen can be glued with the pressed flowers.