Table of contents:
- What are dried flowers?
- What plants can beginners make dried flowers from?
- Dried flower plants for experienced florists
- What else can be turned into dried flowers for floristry?
- Subtleties of plant collection
- Air drying plants
- Quick Microwave Drying
- How to dry flowers with silica gel?
- How to store dried flowers
- What you need to make a bouquet of dried flowers
- Step by step we make a bouquet of dried flowers
- Materials for composition in a pot
- We make a composition with dried flowers in a pot
Previously, dried plants were used as home decorations, costumes, women's hats and hairstyles. Compositions of dried flowers bring a special accent to the interior and have a unique aroma of summer. If you like creating beauty, then you will surely love the idea of making bouquets at any time of the year.
What are dried flowers?
Dried flowers are dried plants that have retained their aesthetic appearance. They are used for decorative purposes: for making bouquets, arrangements, flower arrangements, panels, paintings and other art crafts.
A dried flower is not necessarily a flower. It can be any plant. “Great!”, beginner florists will think. But not everything is so simple. Some dried plants quickly crumble, break and lose their shape. In this, dried flowers for floristry are difficult to work with. Therefore, they require extremely careful and careful handling.
What plants can beginners make dried flowers from?
As it turned out,not all flowers are easy to handle after drying. Here is a list of plants that even novice florists can handle.
In central Russia, the following species are most often found:
- gypsophila (kachim);
- helichrysum (immortelle);
- winged ammobium;
- xeranthemum (dried flower);
Bouquets of dried flowers look interesting, complemented by thorn plants. These include hairweed, muzzle and eryngium.
Dried flower plants for experienced florists
As already mentioned, there are plants that are difficult to work with and lose their decorative effect. When harvesting and harvesting, they break. If you managed to dry them, then they simply crumble during storage or insertion into a bouquet.
Modern methods of processing and attaching dried flowers allow the use of "capricious" specimens. Let's list the plants that experienced florists have recently begun to use to create compositions.
What else can be turned into dried flowers for floristry?
In principle, only imagination limits. Bold florists even insert bark, roots, vegetables, fruits, moss and mushrooms into compositions. Add cloves, cinnamon and lavender for a fragrant alluring scent.
Tradition althe elements in bouquets are parts of dried plants: flowers, leaves, seeds, seed heads, stems and fruits.
Beautifully complement the composition of any cereal plants. The most commonly used are barley, haretail, corn, miscanthus and anthoxanthum, which also smells delicious.
Subtleties of plant collection
Plants and flowers that you will use are best picked in the first half of the day in dry weather. For a composition of dried flowers, only intact, sluggish and beautiful specimens should be plucked.
Some plants change color after drying. If you do not need surprises, then take note of the observations of our ancestors. Best of all, blue, orange, pink and purple plants retain their color. Light flowers may turn yellow, and red ones may become darker, acquire a brown tint.
Air drying plants
The easiest way is to air dry naturally. Just take the plants outside in the shade and wait a few days. The main thing is that the rain does not wet them.
Large flowers for a composition of dried flowers are usually laid out on a newspaper in one layer. These are, for example, roses and peonies. And small plants are dried in several layers or divided into small bunches, tied and hung upside down. For example, this method is suitable for chrysanthemums and spikelets. By the way, such bunches of fragrant plants look interesting in the interior during drying.
Quick Microwave Drying
This method is not suitable for fragileplants. But with strong buds, you can save time and start composing a bouquet faster. Put the plants in the microwave and check every five seconds. When they are dry enough, you can take them out and use them.
How to dry flowers with silica gel?
Pour the gel into a sealed container, place the flowers, carefully cover with another layer of gel and close the lid. Plants should be checked daily as the gel can easily dry out and break structure. It usually takes a couple of days to dry this way.
How to store dried flowers
Finished plants are tinted if necessary and coated with varnish or a special floristic fixer. This will help them keep their shape longer. As soon as the varnish dries, the dried flowers are carefully removed into a cardboard box. It is not worth storing it in a humid room.
What you need to make a bouquet of dried flowers
The flowers are dried, now you can proceed directly to the composition of dried flowers. For the interior, choose plants that match the color scheme of the room.
So get ready:
- dried flowers;
- sharp scissors;
- rope, string or ribbon for tying stems;
- vase or flower pot;
- fixing varnish.
Step by step we make a bouquet of dried flowers
Step one. Look around the room, look for a corner for flowers. It is better to place bouquets of dried flowers away from heaters and sunlight.
Stepsecond. Depending on the size of the found place, choose a suitable pot or vase.
Step three. Place the necessary tools and dried flowers in front of you.
Step four. Collect dried flowers in a bouquet.
Step five. Use scissors to shorten stems to desired length and tie tightly but carefully with ribbon.
Step six. Cover the composition with varnish (aerosol is better) to make less contact with flowers. Wait for drying. If you want to keep the natural scent of dried flowers, skip this step.
Step seven. Place the bouquet in a vase and put it in its rightful place. Enjoy the result!
Compositions of dried flowers will also perfectly complement the interior. They are different from the usual bouquets in a vase. Flowers can be placed in a low pot, made into a Christmas wreath, topiary and much more. We will make a composition in a low pot.
Materials for composition in a pot
You need to prepare the following:
- a small and low vessel, it is not necessary to buy a pot, you can even use curd cups;
- dried flowers;
- moss, sisal or decorative pebbles (to close voids in the composition);
- decorative items to decorate the pot.
We make a composition with dried flowers in a pot
Step one. Decorate your vessel to look like a pot. If ayou are using the purchased one, then you can skip this item for now.
Step two. Dilute the gypsum according to the instructions, pour into the pot, not reaching the edge of a centimeter or two.
Step three. Until the plaster is dry, carefully stick the dried flowers, cutting the stems to the desired length with scissors. Better to keep it small. A do-it-yourself composition of dried flowers looks good if the entire surface of the pot is covered. Therefore, try to place the plants as close to each other as possible.
Step four. Again, until the plaster is dry, we cover the voids with moss, sisal or decorative pebbles. For convenience, you can take tweezers.
Step five. If you used a ready-made purchased pot, then it's time to decorate it. Maybe he lacks rhinestones, lace or something else?
Step six. Coat the product with varnish, wait for it to dry.
Step seven. Enjoy the result!
Don't forget to dust your compositions, then they will delight you even longer!