Are you curious about dried flowers?
I´ve been working with dried flowers since I was a teen. I have tried nearly every way to dry frlowers from silica gel to hang drying to water drying! My preferred methods now are:
I like my dried flowers all natural (no dyes, please!), a bit curly and crusty! I look at dried flowers as a way to prolong the life of my summer blooms, but just for a few seasons more. I don´t need them kicking around much longer than that. I see a lot of claims and statements from companies of fake flowers or dried flowers or artificial stems who use the selling point of making flowers last forever. That actually drives me away from their products and I think those sort of statements show just how disconnected we are from nature. Flowers and greens don’t need to last forever. Ít is their fleeting nature that make them so appealing to us.
Here are a few tips to make a wire-free dried wreath:
-Use flowers like statice, strawflower, or hydrangea because they retain their colors well (hydrangea might change colors but they will remain vibrant).
-Use a biodagradable twine so that the entire wreath can be composted. In the tutorial, I used a suede twine because it was what I had on hand. It can be removed and then re-used.
-You can see instructions for the wreath base and more fresh-to dry, and dried flower projects in Field, Flower, Vase.
-After you fill the wreath out, hang it up and add in extra stems to finish off the design. You can secure them with twine or free-stem it by using the grid you have already created to hold them in place.
Watch the full tutorial below: