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A creative use of dried flowers offers you something different from sympathy flowers. There is nothing more personal or beautiful than a handcrafted piece using flowers from your own backyard.
10 Crafts Made with Dried Flowers
If you have some beautiful wedding flowers and are looking for a DIY keepsake to make with them, or if you are already blessed with luscious greens and blossoming plants then keep the summer colors for this fall then you must try one of these 10 craft ideas for dried flowers.
1. DIY Terrarium
Succulent terrariums are very popular indoor plants because they require minimal care but one using dried plants requires even less care. All you need is a pretty glass casing, colored sand to fix the stems in and dried greenery to make your own dried flower terrarium.
Experiment with different color patterns to really have it stand out. The texture is very important for this craft idea so don’t use pressed flowers but rather ones that have kept their natural shape.
2. Framed Designs
Framing your favorite flowers is not much different from making a custom postcard. Instead of a blank postcard, use thick paper and keep it free of dust with a glass frame.
Alternatively, place your design between two thin sheets of glass so that it appears to be floating. Then, craft your own frame around it using cardboard or plywood.
3. Pressed Flower Phone Case
Customize your phone case with leaves and blooms that you grew yourself. No more confusing your mobile with that of someone else because this is a one-of-a-kind design.
Clear plastic back casings are the easiest to work with but you can also use different solid colors to hide the color of your cell phone. Painting the greenery that you use can also add more pop to the design.
4. One-of-a-Kind Resin Jewelry
Nature-inspired jewelry pieces come back into style every spring and summer so why not stand out from the crowd by making your own? Making resin jewelry like a charm bracelet or pendant necklace offers endless creative options so you will never experience the awkward moment of meeting someone with the same piece.
Browse online for different tutorials and ideas on how to incorporate real flowers into your design. Also, make sure that there is a protective layer for the natural material because you don’t want to damage it with accidental bumps and scratches.
5. Customized Coasters
Personalize your plain coasters with your own summery design and impress everyone at your next dinner party. Popular bases are wood or cork but you can also try different materials like thin glass sheets.
Don’t worry about making each coaster identical to each other because the DIY quality already creates a cohesive appearance. In fact, slight differences between each coaster emphasize how unique they are.
6. Decorative DIY Candles
Are you the crafty type and already make your own candles? Take it one step further by adding your own pressed flowers to the wax (ps: they also make a wonderful personalized gift idea).
The downside is that actually burning a candle with preserved flowers is not a good idea. So, if you still want to make use of it, pour the wax into a glass mold and decorate the glass instead of the candle itself.
7. Paper Lanterns
DIY paper lanterns are a popular craft idea and they are a whimsical source of light for cozy nights on the patio. Create the most contrast with a cream colored paper which also gives off the brightest light.
Luminaries are a lightweight portable lamp if you use batteries instead of a regular light bulb.
8. Customize Pantry Jars and Bottles
Are you making the switch to using less plastic in your household by buying in bulk and storing in glass jars or bottles? Have your pantry look as pretty as a picture by personalizing them with pressed greenery.
An added benefit of this Instagram worthy kitchen makeover? Depending on the technique that you use, there might still be a residual scent from the flowers, just like with potpourri.
9. Natural Baby Mobile
Bring the great outdoors into a nursery room by making your own DIY mobile. If you want to make sure that the dried flowers don’t crumble, make sure that the base material is durable like clay or completely cover the blossoms with a safe clear material.
10. Floral Ceramic
Start your own family heirloom by customizing plain ceramic plates, bowls and tea sets with pressed flowers. This is a unique alternative to the more traditional hand-painted dishes.
This craft project requires more care and attention for the materials because it needs to be safe for serving food on and preferably dishwasher-safe, as well. Make sure you do your research on suitable materials before trying this DIY pottery.