Tuesday Tip: How to Build a Bouquet of Dried Flowers
A simple dried bouquet can add romantic Tuscan charm to a window display or dress up in-store merchandise. To get the effect in your store, we asked Ferry-Morse’s Rebecca Sears to share her top tips for organizing a dried flower bouquet. Here are its five easy steps:
- Start early. “Cut back your favorite flowers in the morning after the dew has evaporated. Make sure you take at least 5-6 inches from the stem and always harvest more than you think you need – you will inevitably lose some in the course of the process. drying process.
- Remove and reassemble. “Remove the leaves and foliage from the stems and collect them into small bunches of about eight stems.”
- Let the flowers dry. “Wrap the bunches tightly with a rubber band and tie a string securely to the elastic to hang them upside down from the ceiling. You want to dry the flowers in a dry, dark room. Make sure that they are well spaced for good air circulation and that they are out of direct sunlight, otherwise the colors will fade.
- Check the progress. “After 10 to 20 days, depending on the flower, check to see if they are dry. When dry, the flowers should be stiff and the stems should be easily broken.
- Put it all together. “Once your flowers are dry, you can now put them together in a bouquet. Be creative and be gentle when arranging the flowers to prevent the petals from falling off. Once the bouquet is complete, find the perfect spot in your home (or store) with just a touch of sun – yes, they still need a little bit of sunlight to keep their color – and away from any heat source that could dry out the flowers more and make them brittle.
Alex Herring graduated from Elon University with a degree in Communication. Her strong background in multimedia storytelling helps her deliver engaging content through Decorative gifts and accessories‘Multiple channels, from hosting showroom tours on Facebook Live to writing feature articles for the 102-year-old publication.