Dried flowers are bloomin’ gorgeous with endless possibilities. But what are the uses for dried flowers, and how can you get the most out of them?
The process of drying flowers goes back as far as the ancient Egyptians to adorn war carts and create fragrances and cosmetics.
And with over 3.3 million tags on Instagram (and counting), dried flowers are still in popular demand 2,000 years on.
But what can you actually do with them besides putting them in a vase? Let’s explore.
9 creative uses for dried flowers
Add them to gift wrapping
Dried flowers make the perfect addition to gift wrapping. They add a touch of rustic elegance no matter what the occasion or gift.
You can tape them to a ribbon or twine or place them inside the wrapped gift to add a personal touch.
This dried flower technique makes a present extra special and takes your wrapping skills to a new level.
Make a floral candle
Candles are infamous decorations with a touch of luxury and cosiness in any room.
So, why not make your own using dried flowers?
For a little extra fun, place some dried flowers into your candle to create a gorgeous pattern and add some colour. Use a step-by-step tutorial to help you decorate your home with homemade botanical candles.
Create beautiful artwork in picture frames
If you want to repurpose your dried flowers, a dried bloom picture frame is a superb idea.
Floral and botanical artwork is a hit in the interior world, and you can use your special bouquets to create a frame that will last forever.
This idea is a fun and refreshing way to decorate your home and add a new feature using fresh blooms that you hate to see thrown away.
All you need is a frame, pressed flowers and clear glue to get started. It’s the ideal excuse to let your creative juices flow.
Weave dried flowers into a wreath
Wreaths aren’t just great Christmas decorations.
A boho-inspired dried flower wreath can be made for any occasion and will fit any décor. Get creative with your colour combinations and arrangements and change your wreath with the seasons.
Press your favourite dried flowers into your phone case.
Once you’ve carefully pressed your flowers and let them dry, the possibilities of what you can use them for are endless.
So, why not spend your day making a unique phone case?
It's the perfect way to keep your favourite flowers close to you.
To assemble, invest in a clear phone case and place your dried flowers in the case and secure them with clear resin or clear PVA glue. It's easy and super cute.
Use them in baking and cooking
Baked cakes with dried flowers are all the rage in the wedding and birthday cake world.
And is that a surprise when they look so chic and stunning?
Dried flowers are a delicious decoration for salads, cakes, cocktails, biscuits, and so much more. But be warned, you must do your research to ensure your chosen flowers are edible and not just glorious and aesthetic décor.
Make dried flower confetti
Do you want an eco-friendly, natural, and rustic alternative to regular confetti?
Confetti is perfect for weddings and any upcoming occasions you might have. And you can make your own using air-dried petals using two simple methods.
Choose a warm, dark, and dry place to dry your petals and retain their colour. Alternatively, you can speed up the process by placing your flowers in the microwave.
Separate your petals and place them between two pieces of kitchen roll in the microwave for 30 seconds until they're dry.
And that’s all it takes. Two simple, quick, and easy methods to create your homemade confetti. This option is affordable and environmentally friendly.
DIY a dried flower brooch
A dried flower brooch is basically a mini bouquet added to your desired outfit to add elegance and texture and keep it forever to mark a significant occasion.
You can make your own using smaller flowers or purchase a mini-dried flower bunch to save time.
Make coasters for your home
Create a DIY resin floral coaster to add a floral touch to your interior aesthetic. They’re easy and fun to do at home and are a lovely, personalised gift for a loved one.
And the best part of all is that they’ll keep your tables stain-free and have your home looking fabulous.
What to do with dried flowers from a funeral
We understand that dried flowers can have a deeper meaning for some.
If you want to cherish a dried bloom bouquet from a funeral, there are different ways you can use them to remember the life of your loved one for as long as possible.
Create an art piece in their memory
Using your dried flowers, create an art piece by pressing flowers or using a mixed medium of painting and collage to produce a stunning and memorable picture to keep forever.
Consider making an art piece inspired by them, their life or what they liked incorporating the flowers from the funeral.
Suspend dried flowers in epoxy resin
Using epoxy resin and moulds to make art and memorable trinkets isn’t a new trend.
If you fancy getting creative or love crafting, epoxy resin offers a lovely opportunity to commemorate a loved one or preserve your much-loved flowers.
You could use this method to create earrings, paperweights, fridge magnets, and more and cherish them forever.
Scatter dried flower petals
Like creating confetti for a wedding or birthday party, scattering dried flower petals from a funeral bouquet where your loved one spent time or at their burial location will be a long-lasting memory.
Simply turn your dried flower petals into small pieces and scatter them in honour of your loved one.
There is no wrong answer for what to do with dried flowers from a funeral. The most important thing is to do something that means a lot to you during this difficult time.
Treat yourself to a special dried flower bouquet
At The Last Bunch, we want all life’s moments to be memorable.
We handmake dried bloom bouquets for everyone and every occasion, from weddings and birthdays to funerals and anniversaries. You can personalise your bouquet and pick them to fit your taste or the event.
So, if you’ve been searching for dried flowers for a special occasion or to treat someone you love, The Last Bunch is the perfect place for flower lovers.
Take your pick, and we’ll take care of the rest. It’s easy.