Dried flowers diaries December 2012

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:

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

Make a rose hip hanging decoration similar to the orange one.

dried orange slice garland

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

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

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