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DIY dried flower arrangements

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DIY dried flower arrangements

If you like flowers but you don't have the patience or the space to grow them, you can still learn how to make different DIY compositions with dried flowers, to be used to create some nice and nice thoughts for the little ones present, for example on the occasion of some recurrence, to create placeholders, small handmade favors for a wedding or baptism or for the birthday of a person to whom you do not have to make an important gift but only a small present.

Otherwise, dried flowers can be used to beautify and perfume your home, creating themed decorations, centerpieces or a mixture to perfume the environment with pout pourri.


How to dry flowers

First of all, you must proceed by choosing the right type of flowers to dry: not all of them are suitable, the best are full-bodied and solid at the right point to create compositions with dried flowers, such as mimosa or lavender sprigs, roses not too big bud, ears of corn or heather. Any flower or twig you choose should be collected during the hottest hours of the day, better in hot seasons to prevent the branch or flower from having an excessive degree of humidity: in fact, the more humid the flower is, the more time it takes to dry it, with a higher risk of obtaining a suboptimal result.

For drying you must have a dark, dry and possibly well ventilated room (even a small room is fine) to facilitate drying without affecting the color of the flowers. The larger flowers must be dried by hanging them in small bunches with the stem at the top and the flower at the bottom, taking care not to keep all the corollas at the same height because they are the wettest part of the flower. The small flowers or with little robust branches should instead be dried by placing them on a shelf, this operation requires a longer time. If, on the other hand, you want to create floral compositions to hang in a square, it will be advisable to proceed with drying by pressing, for example placing the flowers between two rather heavy volumes separated by a few layers of absorbent paper.

When the flowers are dried and before proceeding to make your floral composition it will be advisable to spray a light layer of hairspray from a distance of at least a span, in this way you can preserve the natural color of the dried flowers much longer.

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