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Dried Flowers

What do you do when your flowers start to wilt? Perhaps, instead of throwing them away, try drying them. This is a great, crafty way of decorating and also makes for a fun, whimsical hobby. When it comes to drying flowers, here are some tips to keep in mind for the best results:

  • It’s best to dry flowers that are not fully opened.
  • Remove excess foliage from stems of freshly cut flowers and tie them into small bouquets or leave them separate (depending upon taste).
  • Hang the flowers upside down with string (pick a cool, dry spot indoors where air circulates).
  • Dried flowers make for wonderful accent pieces. They can be added to a bouquet, wreath, or hung from a branch or dowel.

Pressed Flowers

Pressing flowers is an age-old activity and helps to preserve memories. It’s also a beautiful way of keeping your favorite blossoms forever tucked away in a scrapbook.

  • Place picked flowers or leaves on newspaper in a book (as not to damage the pages) and weighed down with heavy books or objects to flatten the specimens.  Store in a warm, dry place until flowers have dried and are brittle. Remove the pressed flowers and add them to a scrapbook, greeting card, or place under glass in a frame.

Make Your Own Ice Cubes!

The perfect companion to any cocktail is a floral ice cube! If you’re feeling festive, try making your own to impress friends and guests (or just enjoy yourself).

Use any edible flowers such as pansies, dandelions, nasturtium, honeysuckle, and lavender (and make sure they haven’t been treated with chemicals).

For flowers to appear suspended in ice, try this helpful tip from Martha Stewart:

“To suspend flowers in the cubes, work in layers: Fill an ice tray (one that makes large cubes so the ice will last longer) a quarter of the way with water, add flowers facing down, and freeze. Add more water to fill halfway, and freeze. Fill to the top, and freeze again.”

For best results, use distilled water.

And voila! You will have created gorgeous floral ice cubes to complement the beverage of your choice.

Flower Candy

If you’re feeling really creative, you can even make your own floral candy!

Small edible flowers are best for lollipops: try chamomile, marigolds, pansies, rose petals, and/or violets. Garden Therapy has exactly what you need when it comes to following a simple floral candy recipe:

Here are the materials and tools you’ll need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 dram candy flavoring
  • Cooking spray
  • Gel food coloring (I chose pink)
  • Fresh, whole violets
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Hard candy lollipop mold*
  • Candy thermometer
  • Saucepan

“Spray your mold with cooking spray and set aside. In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Clip the candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Continue to heat without stirring until the bubbling mixture reaches the hard-crack stage (302 degrees F). Remove the pan from heat and stir in the flavoring and a very small amount of gel food coloring.

Once the mixture has stopped bubbling use a metal spoon to drop it into the molds. Carefully place a flower face down onto the candy. You can use the end of a lollipop stick to slightly press the flower into place. Quickly spoon just enough hot candy over the top of the flower to cover it completely. Place a lollipop stick into the candy and rotate about ½ turn. Allow the candy to harden completely, and then remove from the molds.”

Now, that sounds easy enough! Thank you to Rachel Beyer of Garden Therapy!

Decorate With Lots of Tiny Bottles

Finally, if you’re looking for a way to mix up your old decorating techniques and want to make the most of your flowers, try using assorted bottles of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Jars and drinking glasses also make fun and unusual containers. Put a sprig or two of any flower into each bottle, arrange as desired, and don’t forget to have fun! There is no right or wrong way to decorate with flowers. This is a creative alternative to simply having one bouquet on display.

For more information on how to achieve the crafty results discussed in this blog, consult the websites mentioned below for recipes, tips, and clever advice:
For all your summer floral needs, visit Chelsea Flowers!
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