Dried flowers activities
With the new guidelines to stay at home this spring, here are a few crafting ideas from the archive with a botanical theme. Both crafting and nature are good for a feeling of flow and wellbeing. Why not extend that feeling by giving away your makes! Wishing everyone the best. x
Make your own potpourri
Handmade potpourri is a big trend this year, and I’m told that it fetches as much as £300! Why not make your own potpourri – buy low-cost ingredients and mix them yourself, or if you have a garden, see what flowers and leaves you can pick.
Make a dried flower wreath
Wreath making – buy a plain wreath base and experiment with tying on your own flowers. Flower crowns are a similar craft idea.
Make lavender bags and scented sachets
Buy or make empty fabric bags and fill with relaxing dried lavender for little gifts and treats. For kids projects try:
No sew lavender bags made from fabric scraps
Or even no sew no tie lavender bags
Make a dried flower bouquet
Try combining three or more bunches of dried flowers into a hind-tied bouquet or vase arrangement.
DIY dried flower bouquet like the one above.
Grow your own dried flowers from seed
The next month or so is the perfect time to sow seeds – Chiltern Seeds have a great range of suggestions for drying or
Here are my tips for growing your own dried flowers from seed – including links to more on poppy seed heads and love-in-a-mist
Grow annual chamomile from seed and harvest your own herbal tea later in the year! I had an accidental crop of chamomile in my veg patch!
Later in the year – dry your own garden flowers
How to dry flowers including bunches, flower heads and petals.
Make a flower press
How to make a flower press – follow a YouTube tutorial or cobble one together like I did!
Press some flowers
Basics of pressing flowers – pick flowers from your garden or from a bouquet to press.
Make a pressed flower frame
Press some flowers and display them in a picture frame like the one above
Or buy some pressed flowers and make a locket
Make herbal bath products
Make floral bath sachets like the picture above with flower petals and salt crystals.
Make herbal tea
Remember – if you buy your dried flowers, remember to check they are culinary grade before you pay! Not all flowers are food safe.
Decorate with pressed flowers
Decorate a box like the one above
Other pressed flower craft ideas – decorate a phone case, make a bookmark, make resin jewellery, or stick pressed flowers on your face using vaseline for that festival look!
Make a sleep pillow
Hops, lavender and chamomile are all relaxing and soothing dried herbs – make a sachet or pillow for a good nights sleep.
Happy crafting! x
Top image credit Thomas Skovsende for Prima magazine UK.