Making a Dried Flower Wreath
Colorful, everlasting flowers can keep summer memories in a home year round. Dried flowers can be purchased inexpensively from a florist shop. This is a guide about dried flower wreath
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Christine Weber0 found this helpful
May 2, 2006
A wreath of everlasting flowers that keeps summer memories in your home year round. Dried flowers can be purchased inexpensively from a florist shop if you haven't any on hand. Tansy, strawflowers and others are glued to a wooden wreath covered with moss. Well worth the extra effort!
Materials and Equipment:
- a large garbage bag or several sheets of newspaper
- a purchased grapevine wreath, any size
- sphagnum moss, enough to cover one side of the wreath
- dried flowers such as strawflowers and tansy in a variety of colors, enough to cover one side of the wreath
- a glue gun with glue sticks OR craft glue
- glue spreader or Q-tip
- a lid from a used plastic container (such as a yogurt container)
- Before you start, clear the table and cover it with newspaper or a large garbage bag to avoid getting glue on the table.
- Place all your supplies on the table in front of you. The first step in this project is to cover one side of the wreath with moss. To do this, pour a small puddle of glue onto the plastic container lid. Spread a thin layer of glue on the back of the wreath and press moss firmly onto the wreath piece by piece. You can also use a glue gun to do this. Continue until the whole wreath is covered. Allow to dry completely, then turn upside-down to make sure all the moss is secured to the wreath. If not, add more glue as necessary.
- Once the moss is on the wreath, do a "test wreath" by placing the flowers on the wreath without gluing them until you have arranged them in a way you like. Try to remember the pattern and remove the flowers.
- Place a dab of glue on a spot on the wreath where you would like to add a dried flower. Gently press the flower onto the wreath and hold until the flower sticks to the wreath. Repeat for each flower until you are satisfied with your design. You may want to cover the wreath completely as in the photo, or just sparingly. It's up to you.
- Allow the wreath to dry completely. Hang with a nail on a door or wall, preferably indoors and out of the sun!
In Tahiti I make dried banana leaf, herb, and flower wreaths as decorations for my home. I love the smell of the dried herbs. After the flowers dry the wreath takes on a whole new look. What is wonderful about making these wreaths is the fact you can use any flowers, herbs, and leaves to decorate the wreath.
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I recently attended a wedding and brought a lot of the roses home. I want to make a rose wreath with the roses and surprise the bride. Tips for keeping the color? I am planning on drying them upside down in a dark closet to keep the shape and then spray them with hairspray to keep them firm so they won't get powdery. Anyone got any ideas on how to put this together so it looks nice? Maybe a picture of something they've seen. Or a good website I can get some ideas from? Thanks in advance.
Susan from Watertown
By Shirrell (Guest Post)
August 27, 20080 found this helpful
This is not exactly what you were asking for but you can also dry roses in the microwave in just minutes.
Maybe you could arrange them on a nice matt board with glue and trim with ribbon and what ever then put them in a glass picture box frame.
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By Roberta in hot Florida (Guest Post)
August 30, 20080 found this helpful
A closet probably is not the best place to dry flowers. You need circulating air to keep them from getting moldy. If you have it, an attic is usually the perfect place for them to dry. I know it is probably too late to help you, but maybe someone else will read this.