Dried flowers are often used in a variety of home decorations and crafts. The process for drying flowers varies from pressing them flat over time or in the microwave, hanging them upside down in a cool, dry place or using a drying agent --- silica --- to remove the moisture in the microwave. Spray floral glaze onto dry flowers to protect the colour; store dry flowers in a sealed container.
Pressed dry flowers make decorative pendants and charms for jewellery designs. Place the dry flowers behind the glass of a jewellery frame component. Hang the framed flower onto a link bracelet using a jump ring or slide the pendant frame over jewellery cording to make a necklace. You can also glue dried flowers to the surface of handcrafted clay beads as decorations using liquid jeweller's glue.
Decorate glass, wooden, cardboard and ceramic objects with pressed dry flowers and découpage glue. Add design interest to plain picture frames, mirror borders and glass vases or glassware by attaching colourful dried flowers to the outside surface. Brush on a thin layer of découpage glue to the desired spot for the flower, press the flower into the glue and then spread more glue on top and let it dry. Paint wooden trinket boxes or cardboard shoe boxes before attaching the dry flowers to make decorative storage boxes. After attaching the flowers, spread a thin layer of découpage glue over the entire surface of the wood or cardboard box to add a glossy sheen.
Attach a grouping of dry pressed flowers onto an artist's canvas using découpage glue to create botanical wall art. Glue the flowers onto a painted landscape scene to add dimension to the artwork. Combine dry flowers with garden-themed magazine cutouts, descriptive verses and photos to create a mixed media collage.
Mix a variety of dry flowers together to make potpourri. Enhance the aroma of the potpourri with essential oils made from the type of flowers within the potpourri. You can crush flowers that are dry or leave them three-dimensional to make the potpourri.
Decorate the outside of large pillar candles with crushed dried flower potpourri. Spread the potpourri onto waxed paper. Melt candle wax and brush a thin layer onto a narrow section of the outside of the large pillar candle. Press the candle into the potpourri and the dried flowers will adhere to the candle. Cover the pillar or make potpourri stripes.
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