I love real flowers. I used to have fake flowers in my house, but then realized they in no way compared to real flowers. And so I buy flowers every so often. I was throwing out the flowers when they died, but then realized they were almost as pretty after they dried.
I even used the flower petals that fell off. They are in the vintage metal scales.
Sitting in the vintage wood box, the dried flowers look right at home. I also threw in some dried wildflowers from the farm and some purchased dried lavender.
I’m always trying new things on the dining room table. Today it is a simple display.
So even if you don’t have an awesome vintage crate like this one, you probably have something in your home that would work well holding dried flowers.
I don’t have a special technique, except that at night I store the flowers (when they are alive) in the refrigerator. They seem to hold the color better that way. Then when I go to dry the flowers, I tied them with string and hold them upside down. They eventually dry in place.
Again, beautiful photography! Your post reminds me that I need to get rid of my lake flowers and get some real ones. I thought flowers needed to be dried into some kind of powder, but I see you just hang them-sounds easy enough.
Have a relaxing weekend, all!
I am a fan of dried flowers and have them in most rooms. BTW, a figure similar to yours is sitting on my dining room table this week.
I love to use my dried flowers as well, especially hydrangeas. They turn such lovely colors as they fade. Yours are beautiful in that arrangement. I also love the little tea canister that you use in a lot of your shots…I happen to have the same one on my kitchen counter. I got mine in Seattle, but it is a French import.
I love drying flowers they look vintage when dried. Thanks Anita!
Love the look of dried flowers. Currently drying roses that were a b-day gift from my grandson so they will always hold a special memory. Tied a ribbon around the rubber band holding them together and like the look enough that I just may leave them that way. Your home, ideas and photography never fail to inspire.
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
Love the dried flowers and the beautiful vignettes you create with them!….Have a great weekend!
Charlie@Seattle Trekker says
I love the thought and attention to the finishing touches and the details.
Marie@The Interior Frugalista says
Beautiful vignette! Your post reminded me that I need to start doing this again because I’m getting tired of the silk ones I have around the house – just not the same no matter how much you pay for them.
ann p. says
I have been drying roses and herbs for years. What a fun way to use roses. I currently have mine on a
cream colored platter on my buffet in my “french” kitchen.
buCheryl @ Artzzle says
These are lovely but I don’t have the place or patience to try it. But right now I am totally enjoying all of my big, beautiful peonies! They’re blooming late but I don’t mind!
Jan @ justjanblog says
Such pretty photography! Love your dried flowers, they look so pretty in the container you have!
Gorgeous, I used to have lots of dried flowers in my previous house which was far more cottagey than my existing one. I especially love the muted colours of dried hydrangeas.
I managed to get some good shots of my office today, I am pleased with the way I am improving but still a long way to go. I hope to get some more done tomorrow. I do love how you style things, your photos always look very ‘natural’ and not contrived.
I love how your dried flowers look in that old wooden crate! Just my style 🙂
Love your idea of drying roses! I have a large patch of lavender that I dry for sachets. I will have to do some vase arrangements too. Thanks for your ideas!
I do this technique with herbs, lavendar, mostly.
I hadn’t thought about doing it with roses. . .thank you for the inspiration, dear friend.
I have the most beautiful hue of roses called “Ginger Snap”.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to have some amazing petals for Autumn’s decor!!!
Joanne Boulter says
I’m with you Don’t throw out your wilted flowers. I think they are just as pretty or prettier when dried. They look so paper thin. I put some petals in a bowl and sprinkle a little lavender oil on them. Beautiful! Check out the new DIY projects on Anne’s Attic – Design I need 25 followers to make my goal, I would love it if you would be one of those followers.
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Very attractive,I much inspire by this unique style photography..
Remember the cool pressed flower crafts?
Hope to see more of that again.
Linda Charlton says
I love dried roses. Do you use hairspray or a special fixative?
I don’t Linda, but great idea!
Linda Charlton says
I have only used hairspray. I might try a floral fixative and see if it works better.
Brenda Wilson says
I love dried flowers – we have lavendar and roses that I like to dry and display.
The dried flowers do look so vintage–lovely.
Gaynelle VanBockern says
I have some flowers from where I had an 87th birthday party for my sister. Our niece bought her some flowers and my sister left them at my house (she lives in another state from me.) I have saved those (there is only about 12 flowers of mixed design) and I have dried them. I cannot do a vase with them but wondered if there is another way to design these so I can send them to my sister. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Gaynelle, dried flowers are so delicate, I would worry that shipping them would destroy them. Is there something else you could send to your sister that would make her smile?