Floor vases decorated with dried flowers will complement any décor theme or style. Buying a floor vase that is decorated with dried flowers can be costly, but you can make your own with fresh flowers for a lot less.
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Things you need
- Flowers, 25
- Sharp scissors
- Floor vase
- Rubber band
- Hot glue gun
Pick about 25 flowers or buy fresh flowers that dry well. Mums, roses, carnations, and other full flowers work better than delicate flowers such as lilies or daffodils. Cut the stems with sharp scissors, at an angle. Cut them all to two to three feet depending on how tall your floor vase is. You could also go to a craft store and buy real flowers that are already dried. It is more costly to do so.
Gather the cut flowers at the stems. Grasp them together and turn the bouquet upside down. Use a rubber band to secure all of the stems together. Use a piece of string to hang the flowers upside down. Allow the flowers one week to dry completely. Hanging the flowers upside down makes the petals come forward, and the flowers still look full and fresh once dried. When they are dried right side up the petals droop and wilt backwards.
Take down the dried flowers. Use a work surface that can be brushed off easily because leaves and petals will make a mess. Cut the rubber band with scissors. Select a few of the prettiest flowers. Use scissors to cut down the stems to about 8 inches. Use a hot glue gun to glue the flowers directly onto the vase diagonally, vertically, or horizontally.
Arrange the rest of the dried flowers in your hand as you would a bouquet. Grasp them together at the stems and separate the types, then mix them together. You'll want the varieties of flowers to be spread evenly through the bouquet rather than placed in clumps. Use the scissors to vary the length of the flowers to give the bouquet a layered look.
Insert the bouquet into the floor vase. Adjust the flowers until they look the way you want them to. Position some taller in the back, and shorter ones in the front. Take the floor vase into the room of your choice. Position it in a corner, along a wall, or even as a dramatic end or center piece.
Tips and warnings
- Hang the flowers upside down when drying.
- Use care and caution when using sharp scissors or a hot glue gun.
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