Ten Uses for Dried Flowers
Discover some options for using dried flowers.
Dried flowers are full of subtle colors and myriad textures. What can you do with them besides arranging those with stems in a lovely bouquet? Here are just 10 of the many possibilities for using flowers — around your home, in gifting, at celebrations, in cooking, and in body care.
Edible dried flowers are delicious in cakes and other desserts, and many of them make wonderful teas. You might experiment with making your own tea blends, using green and black teas as well as herbs.
Learn to make summer iced teas, including a citrus hibiscus tea. (You'll also find a fun recipe for lavender lemon honey there!
Dried flowers are great additions to natural cleaning products. They partner nicely with citrusy scents and mints, too.
Read more about cleaning with herbs, including dried flowers.
Sew little aromatic sachets to include in dresser drawers and closets. You can even fashion no-sew varieties by tying little muslin or fine mesh bags.
Read more about herbal sachets.
Sprigs of dried flowers look lovely atop a package, in the midst of a bow or scattered across the top of the box.
Make dried flowers the focal point of a centerpiece, A large, clear bowl of hibiscus flowers or a basket of lavender flowers will add color to a side table or dinner seating, for example. (Choose aromatic flowers for around the house but less fragrant ones for the dinner table, so they don't interfere with the aroma of the food.)
At a wedding, strew the procession path with rose petals and toss them instead of rice. Discover other ways to include herbs, including flowers, in a wedding celebration.
A collection of colors and textures can be combined to make a potpourri. Make the scent long lasting by including a fixative such as orris root, and enhance the scent with essential oils, if you like.
Read more about potpourri.
7. Candle making
If you make your own candles, you can easily incorporate dried flowers into your molds. But even if you're not a candlemaker, you can add dried flowers to the outside of your plain candles. Simply place crushed dried flowers on wax paper. Pour a little melted wax over the flowers, then roll the candle in the flowers.
Dried flowers can also be incorporated into the process of making your own paper. Or, for handmade cards, simply apply dried flowers to good quality (fairly heavy) cardstock with a little glue and a paintbrush. (Tweezers are helpful for arranging the flowers.) Dried flowers can also be used to decorate scrapbooking pages.
Some dried flowers make excellent dyes for cloth and for Easter eggs, too. Experiment with hibiscus flowers for a reddish blue/lavender result, and safflower petals for a pale yellow. A mordant (such as alum or cream of tartar) will help give your color staying power.
Learn how to dye eggs naturally.
10. Bathing and other body care
The best herbal baths include dried flowers. Sprinkle them directly in your bathwater, or make an herbal infusion and pour it into your bath. In other body care, infusions of herbal flowers are also the basis of many lotions, toners, facial steams, masks, herbal hair rinses, and sprays.
Read more about herbal skin care.
Read more about herbal hand and foot care.
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Here are just some of the dried flowers you might enjoy:
Arnica flowers — yellow, with tinges of soft green
Calendula — fluffy, orange
German Chamomile flowers — golden brown, delicate
Roman Chamomile flowers — cream colored
Elder flowers — creamy browns
Feverfew flowering tops — soft greens
Hawthorn leaf and flowers — brownish white flowers and deep red berries
Hibiscus flowerss — deep red, large
Hops flowers — yellowish-green
Jasmine Flowers — cream
Lavender flowers — rich lavender
Life everlasting flowers — yellow, member of the sunflower family
Linden flowers — small yellow flower on oblong, leaf-like, soft green flower bract
Red clover blossoms — soft maroon
Rosehips — rich brick red
Red roses — deep and soft pinks
Safflower petals — red and yellow