• Dried flowers diaries December 2012

    Posted on December 21, 2012 by in Diary

    Dried flower crafts at Christmas

    Merry Christmas! I am writing this diary a week earlier than I would nomally, but I am hoping that by this time next week I will be buried under a heap of mince pies and turkey trimmings!

    The plus side of flooding which damaged some of our dried flowers

    at the end of November (see previous diary post) was that our insurance has already come through. We were able to make best use of some of the damaged stock, as you can see in the photo below. The cinnamon sticks had been drying for a couple of weeks, and made very good firelighters, adding a delicate fragrance to the room. As well as the cinnamon sticks, other dried flowers we had to write off and replace were cloves, dried chamomile flowers and dried hops.

    cinnamon sticks burning

    Cinnamon sticks as a fire starter.


    Dried flowers in Make and Craft magazine

    My company Daisy Gifts Ltd is a proud new sponsor of Make and Craft magazine and I have a tutorial and other articles lined up for 2013, including how to make your own potpourri from garden flowers, and why dried flowers are coming back into fashion. I am also told they have a couple of dried lavender makes coming up in the New Year. Do check out their recent online cinnamon candle article as a simple last minute Christmas gift idea.

    make and craft dried flowers

    Check out Make and Craft magazine for dried flower articles coming soon.


    Christmas dried flower makes I didn’t have time for

    This month I have only had time to publish two posts. The first one was a natural Christmas candle ring combining fresh foliage with dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks. The second one was a collection of three simple ideas for natural Christmas decor.
    Here are a few things I didn’t have time to publish:

    natural christmas garland dried chilli

    Make a natural Christmas garland with dried chilli by threading on to raffia.

    rose hip hanging dec

    Make a rose hip hanging decoration.

    dried orange slice garland

    Make an orange slice garland by stitching the oranges together with raffia.

    christmas boxes

    Not technically dried flower crafts but make Christmas boxes by covering small favour boxes with festive paper.

    Dried flower crafts – Links to more Christmas makes

    Handmade Christmas potpourri

    Winter rose and clove potpourri

    Natural Christmas decoration with orange slices and cinnamon sticks

    Natural dried orange slice Christmas decoration

    Natural Christmas garland with cinnamon sticks and orange slices

    Cinnamon cones

    Fragranced cinnamon stick bundle

    Dried flower crafts – Shopping Links

    Buy cinnamon sticks

    Buy orange slices

    Buy small favour boxes suitable for covering

    Buy rose hips

    Buy dried chillies