How are dried flowers made?

Discover the five-step process of dried flower making and assemble the perfect show-stopping bouquet for someone special in your life.

Seasons change, but the beauty of long-lasting dried flowers doesn’t. Whether you’re delirious for delphinium or pining for pampas, dried flowers add colour and character to your décor.

However, there is a method behind the magic. The best dried flower bouquets are gorgeously arranged and curated with intent, purpose, and meaning.

To shed some light on this and inspire you, we’ve put together a quick guide on how our beautiful bouquets of dried flowers are put together and why we make our bunches the way we do.

The five-step dried flowers process

If you haven’t yet been gifted or treated yourself to some dried flowers, now is the time.

These low-maintenance, versatile, and aesthetic bouquets can add the perfect touch of rustic elegance to any room.

Yet, to create the most pleasing and eye-catching bouquets, you’ve got to have an eye for it.

And our florists can piece together the perfect dried flower bouquets for any season, event, or occasion.

But if you want to get creative and make your own dried flower bouquet, here are some helpful steps to get you started:

Before arranging and drying out your bouquet, gather your flowers and foliage

Having arranged and dried flowers for many years, we know that specific flowers dry more quickly than others. Therefore, you must pick the right flowers before investing your time in the process of drying flowers.

Flowers with low moisture levels like lavender, hydrangea, roses, and sunflowers, are usually easier to dry.

For optimal results, you want to begin drying out your flowers when they are almost in full bloom and when the buds are practically open.

You don’t want to use flowers that have gone past or are in full bloom, as this will increase the chances of petals falling off, and wilted flowers won’t look good in any flower arrangement. Trust us. We know what we are talking about.

Don’t forget to consider any furry friends and allergies too. The last thing you want to do is cause any harm or discomfort to the recipient.

Remove excess foliage and greenery

If you want to create a balanced and tidy dried flower bouquet, trim the excess foliage. There’s nothing fancy about this step. But it will help speed up the drying process.

Pick your preferred method to dry your flowers and leave them to dry

There are several different ways to dry out a cherished bunch of flowers to get the most out of their beauty.

At The Last Bunch, our process of drying flowers involves hanging them upside down from the ceiling. This vital step helps them hold their shape and last for longer.

To make the process easier, try putting your flowers into small bunches, as large amounts of flowers will take a long time to dry, and each flower will dry differently.

Air drying tends to be a popular method for drying out flowers due to its simplicity. By hanging them upside down in a cool, dark, and dry place, you can dry out your favourite flowers using minimal effort.

Allow two to three weeks for your flowers to air dry completely. Once the petals feel dried and crisp, they’re ready to be assembled.

Start assembling your dried flower bouquet

Now for the fun part. Ultimately, everyone’s idea of a perfect bouquet is different. And the best thing about putting dried flowers together is having the freedom to experiment and put your own unique twist on the arrangement.

We advise starting at the base with the foliage and supporting flowers and then beginning to add your focal flowers at the front to make them stand out.

Play around with a few arrangements to see which one you like best.

Tie the dried flower stems together

Once you’ve carefully pieced together your bouquet of dried flowers, it’s time to secure them in place. Why not use some pretty ribbon, a piece of string, or any material to make your bouquet even more exquisite?

Whatever works for you, go for it, and get creative.

And that’s the tea. Your dried flowers are now ready to be sent to a loved one to be cherished forever. Flowers can change a space, show creative expression and be all-important mood enhancers. So, have some fun with the five-step dried flowers process.

Whether you create them yourself or invest in a professional, trusted business, they will never go unappreciated.

Shop for dried flowers made in the UK

Love what you see, but pushed for time? Then let us take care of the rest.

If you want a perfectly curated dried bouquet made with the highest quality flowers, we are here to help.

At The Last Bunch, we’re well-known for our incredibly popular bunches of dried flowers created by our professional team of talented florists.

Whether you are looking for a mini bouquet, flowers for a specific occasion, or a bunch made with desired colourways, our online store has something for everyone. You can even pick your own.

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