DIY Dried Flower Wreath

I am so exicted to welcome Chelsea here from Someday I’ll learn.  She is one of the sweetest bloggers you will ever meet.  We are blog swapping today so make sure and click over to her cute blog and see the recipe I came up with {hint…it involves peanut butter and chocolate!}

 

DIY dried flower wreath

Hi everyone, I’m guest posting today from Someday I’ll Learn. Over on our family blog, my husband and I tackle domestic life including cooking, cleaning, parenting, organizing, money management and more…one day at a time! We catch the occasional oven mitt on fire, but we’re having tons of fun navigating young married bliss. We have two rambunctious little boys who help us appreciate the value of silence…and coffee. Lots of coffee.

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I’ve had a bit of an obsession with dried flowers ever since I was a kid. I used to squeeze fresh floral arrangements between the pages of heavy books to preserve them. In high school my boyfriends would give me roses, and I’d promptly hang them upside down to dry. Something about the ability to freeze that natural beauty in time and space is amazing to me. It merges two of my greatest loves: nature and crafting. Dried flowers make incredible embellishments for everything from photo albums to giftwrap.

I bought myself a dehydrator awhile back using the excuse that the kids needed homemade fruit leather. As you can probably guess, it wasn’t long before banana chips and mango strips were pushed aside in favor of sunflowers and roses. I love the ability to spread flowers out delicately on trays and slowly dry the moisture out of them, leaving them looking so close to the day they were picked. Without being squished or becoming droopy, they’re perfect for displaying on a pretty summer wreath.

drying sunflowers

To make a dried flower wreath, cut the stems off as close to the flower head as possible.

how to dehydrate flowers

Lay flat in a dehydrator rack and dry on the lowest setting for approximately 24 hours. Flowers that are extremely moist may take up to two days to be completely dry – you can test simply by touching and seeing if they feel stiff.

dried flower wreath tutorial

Add a large dot of hot glue to the back of each flower to affix it onto your wreath. Dried flowers are really light since most of their previous weight was from moisture, so they glue onto most anything easily. I bought a dollar store wreath frame and wrapped it with twine for an inexpensive backing that has a fun country feel.

dried flower wreath

That’s it! This is so easy to do. Best of all, you can switch up your flowers seasonally for conveniently up-to-date decor.

How are you sprucing things up for summer?


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  1. Very cool!! I have tried to dry flowers in the past– I found this powder stuff that you can lightly dust over the flower and leave it in there for a day or two and it keeps the shape and color perfectly– I never thought to put them on a wreath! Great idea!
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