6 inspiring ways to repurpose flower arrangements

In the United States alone, approximately 2.25 million weddings are held each year. It may surprise you to learn that on average each of these marriages creates between 400 and 600 pounds of waste.

Although much of it is food, paper, and plastic, a good chunk of this waste is made up of flowers. Flower arrangements are a big deal and a focal point in most weddings. But what happens to them after everyone has gone home for the night? Unfortunately, they usually end up in the garbage.

And consider the number of flower arrangements at other gatherings that meet similar fates. Conferences, baptisms, funerals, and other special events often have an abundance of flowers which, while beautiful at the event, end up like garbage tomorrow.

Give your flowers and spread the love

Today there are many ways to reuse flower arrangements. Nursing homes, hospices, hospitals and women’s shelters are full of people who could use a little light in their day. Flowers are known to brighten up a room in an instant.

In fact, a study conducted at Rutgers University showed that every person who received flowers during an experience had a positive response. Each person. So why not donate your leftover flower arrangements to someone who can enjoy the extra joy?

If you are planning a wedding or other big event, you might think you already have enough on your plate. Researching where to give your flowers after your wedding and coordinating the details can seem like another overwhelming detail that you don’t want to add to your already packed list.

Lucky for you, there are organizations that were created just to reuse flower arrangements from big events.

Full bloom

Based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Full Bloom is a non-profit organization passionate about flowers, people and their emotional well-being. Their mission is to improve the mental and emotional health of those struggling with death, terminal illness, and other life-changing illnesses and conditions.

Full Bloom recuts, reuses and recycles the delicately used flowers that are made into pretty bouquets for patients in area hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Volunteers deliver this recycled love to the bedside to brighten up their day.

Unlike many similar organizations, Full Bloom operates through the generosity of donations and volunteers.

Repeat roses

Once your event is over, Repeat Roses in New York will pick up your flower arrangements. Any pieces that cannot be reused will be composted or recycled. Then, the remaining usable flowers will be delivered to a nonprofit organization such as a nursing home, hospice, hospital, or women’s shelter.

Once the recipients have finished enjoying the flowers, Repeat Roses will do their best to collect the expired flowers. That way, they can be composted and used to help grow new plants.

Repeat Roses works with clients across the country. Since Repeat Roses is a for-profit company, you will be charged for its services. However, since your flowers will be donated to a non-profit organization, you will be issued a tax receipt.

Are you more of a handyman or a handyman?

If you like to do things yourself and want ideas on what to do with your leftover wedding or event flowers, there are plenty of ways you can reuse them.

Dry your flowers

Save some of your flowers for your keepsake box by drying them. It is absolutely something that you can do on your own. Just jump on Pinterest and you can find plenty of ways to display dried flowers. However, if you want everything done right, find a flower preservation specialist in your area to help you.

Make a candle

You can keep some of the petals in a beautiful candle. If you are an experienced candle maker, you can definitely do this on your own. If you want to outsource the task, there are companies that can help.

Co. Island can turn your wedding flowers into a keepsake candle. The amazing thing about these candles is that they are designed to burn but will never melt, so you can look at the candle and remember your special day for many years to come.

Turn your flowers into jewelry

Take your wedding flowers from decorative to portable with Blossoms Into Beads. When your wedding is over, you send them your flowers. They use the flowers to make handmade beads that go into making personalized jewelry. Create special pieces for yourself or a loved one.

Handmade soaps with flower petals

Homemade molded soaps with flower petals inside make lovely decorations and gifts. You can turn some of your big day’s flower petals into a beautiful bar of soap. This tutorial will show you step by step how to make your own floral melt and pour soaps.

Make homemade paper with flower petals

Want a unique piece of paper to write your thanks? Try your hand at homemade paper. You can work your wedding flower petals into the paper, giving it a very special touch. You can even use leftover wrapping paper from your gifts to make homemade wrapping paper.

The next time you’re having a large event with a lot of flowers, try using at least one of these methods to reuse those flowers.

What other ways have you found to reuse flower arrangements?

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