Using dried fall flowers for your floral arrangements can extend the enjoyment of your fall flowers. Many flowers dry beautifully -- whether by air, microwave or dehydrators - such as straw flowers, statice, baby's breath, larkspur, and yarrow. Flowers like black-eyed Susan, zinnias, marigold, sunflowers and roses dry better using a desiccant such as sand, cornmeal or silica gel and retain the shape and colour. Adding embellishments or selecting containers reflecting the autumn season can enhance your dried fall flower arrangement, making it the focal point of a room.
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Fall dried flower arrangements can be quite striking, with colourful dried blooms mixed with graceful branches and long grasses. Arrangements in vases can be small, with just a few dried flower types like straw flowers and statice, or very large. Because the fall flowers are dried, you can reinforce the stems with wire, insert the stems into floral foam, and create a dramatic display. Dried fall flower arrangements in clear vases can be held in place by filling the vase with cranberries, dried beans, nuts or small pine cones.
Wreaths made with dried fall flowers can be used to decorate doors, walls or laid on a table with a pillar candle in the centre. Along with a variety of dried flowers from your fall garden, add dried herbs like lavender, sage, rosemary, and bay leaves to your wreath. Other fall-themed items can be included such as sprigs of hard berries, nuts, seed pods, grasses and bright-coloured fall leaves.
Dried fall swags are similar to wreaths, but are generally used to decorate above windows, doors and wall spaces. Branches, long grasses and grain stems (like wheat) give swags length and gentle shape, while the addition of colourful dried fall flowers at the centre, with a few intermixed with the branches and grasses, complete a stylish display.
An accent for tables and mantles can easily be created by gathering a large bunch of long-stemmed wheat, dried seed pods or coloured twigs. Bind the bunch together, close to the centre, with a rubber band. There must be enough in the bundle that allows the bunch to stand on its own. Cover the rubber band with ribbon or raffia before adding a small bouquet of dried fall flowers at the centre of the bunch. There are many variations, from small and slender, to large and massive; the creation will depend on where you intend to display this type of fall flower arrangement.
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