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How to make a dried flower wreath

October 23, 2020

How to make a dried flower wreath – 10 beautiful ideas to enjoy making.

Have you noticed how dried flowers have grown in popularity in recent months? There’s something so lovely about being able to capture – and preserve – the beauty of a flower to enjoy for much longer. As a flower grower myself, I am determined to learn how to dry my favourite blooms. I have researched the subject and found some really inspiring ideas and people.

I’ve started with a simple step by step to making a foraged wreath – which is totally adaptable. I’ll add to this as I find more, but to start with, here are 10 ideas I love. Hope you find something you love too!

Idea 1 foraged dried flower wreath

dried flower wreath foraged flowers for autumn - click through for step by step DIY tutorial to make your own wreath#dried #flowers #wreath

This beautiful idea is by Kirsten of Henthorn Farm Flowers who has kindly shared her step by steps:

Step 1

For giant wreaths, I often start with a large hula hoop covered in hessian to disguise it, then bind with wisteria vine to strengthen the structure and provide an open network of twigs that I could weave my foraged ingredients into. This one I made by twisting wisteria vine into shape and leaving to harden for a few days

Step 2

I added copper beech branches to add shape and then added a huge variety of dried garden and hedgerow finds.

You can use anything you like really but I like to use rose hips, conkers, horse chestnuts, oak leaves with acorns, larch cones, contorted willow, dried tansy, helichrysum, hydrangea, sangisorba and echinacea heads from the garden. I also love honesty peeled and natural, dry bracken, cardoon heads, eucalyptus, thlaspi, Daucus and Ammi seed heads along with some dried Amaranthus. To name just a few. The creative fun comes from heading out to forage for what you can find and creating with that.

Step 4

Finish with a wire hook to the back and a ribbon. I love the contrast with this luxurious petrol blue velvet ribbon.

Idea 2: dried flower wreath – silver honesty

white dried flower wreath honesty wisteria and white helichrysum #dried #flower #wreath #tutorial
I love the silvery white colour of this wreath – also by Kirsten of Henthorn Farm Flowers:

‘I used a base of wisteria vine, weaved into a wreath and then left to dry and harden. You can use any type of vine to make your own be that ivy, grape or clematis or even long lengths of willow but the key is to form it into shape while the wood is fresh and flexible.

‘I wrap twine or wire around the frame to give me more anchor points and then I carefully thread my stems through the open structure. This creatures a loose, airy and delicate wreath where the plant material appears to float. The honesty needs to be carefully peeled on both sides to reveal the moon like disc and cut to size.

‘I use other dried white flowers to lighten the look and add interest. Dried gypsophila works well as do the tiny flowers of Anaphlasis triplinervis which is a perennial plant I grow especially for drying. To finish weave through some dried white helichrysum and add a wire hook to the back.’

Idea 3: Make a pretty asymmetrical wreath

bex partridge dried flower wreath in pink shades. Click through to discover more about Bex, her book, her online shop selling ready made dried flower wreaths and to get lots of creative ideas and simple step by steps to creating your own beautiful dried flower wreaths #dried #flower #wreath #tutorial

I love this idea by Bex Partridge of Botanical Tales – a great source of creative dried flower ideas. Bex offers a range of creative workshops as well as handmade dried flower wreaths in her online shop.

Bex is a floral artist and I love how she describes what she does: ‘I work with dried flowers throughout their entire lifecycle life from seed, to plant to harvest and then drying and creating.

‘My dried flower art is a way to keep connected to the natural world and to season’s past. It’s beauty at its most sustainable and a moment of preservation in a world so encouraging of consumption.’ 

everlastings dried flower wreath book by bex partridge of botanical tales. Click through to get the book, as well as lots of creative ideas to try making yourself or buy ready made #dried #flowers #everlastings

For anyone interested in growing and drying their own dried flowers, Bex’ book Everlastings is essential reading. There are loads of creative ideas and expert tips. It’s available to order on Amazon here.

dried flower wreath in pink shades by bex of botanical tales. Click through to find out where to buy one ready made by Bex, or to get lots of creative ideas for making a dried flower wreath yourself #dried #flowers #wreath

The Botanical Tales directory listing has all the info you need to find out more and to connect with Bex. Her online shop sells a range of beautiful ready-made dried flower wreaths and more. Some examples of the loveliness on sale right now:

dried flower wreath by bex of botanical tales. Click through to find out where to buy one ready made by Bex, or to get lots of creative ideas for making a dried flower wreath yourself #dried #flowers #wreathautumnal dried flower wreath by bex of botanical tales. Click through to find out where to buy one ready made by Bex, or to get lots of creative ideas for making a dried flower wreath yourself #dried #flowers #wreath

Idea 4 Group dried flower wreaths on a wall

dried flower wreaths hanging on wall love these by bex of botanical tales. Click through to find out how to buy them ready made or make your own with Bex' book as well as lots of other creative ideas and step by step tutorial to make your own #dried #flowers #wreath #diytutorial

I love this idea of grouping dried flower wreaths of different sizes. They are available to buy from the Botanical Tales online shop here and are hung up using tape. 

Idea 5: mini dried flower wreath as place settings

mini dried flower wreath place settings by bex partridge of botanical tales click through to find out where to buy or how to make these yourself with simple step by steps #driedflower #wreath #tutorial

Another idea from the Botanical Tales shop – mini wreaths are available to buy here. Such a beautiful idea for making place settings and creating a colour scheme.

Idea 6: mini dried flower wreath as gift wrap decoration

mini dried flower wreath gift wrap decoration by bex partridge of botanical tales. Click through to buy ready made from Bex's shop or to make your own with simple dried wreath making tutorial step by steps #dried #flowers #wreath #tutorial

This mini dried flower wreath (available to buy here) looks so wonderful as gift wrap decoration. It’s tied on using simple string, so it’s also an eco-friendly option. Love!

Idea 7: add fresh flowers to a dried wreath ring

fresh and dried flower wreath by bex partridge of botanical tales. Click through to find out how to make one just like it yourself as well as lots of other creative and beautiful dried flower wreath ideas you'll love to make #flower #wreath #tutorial

This beautiful idea is from a tutorial Bex shared with us separately over on the blog. Read the full post: How to make a spring flower wreath – step by step tutorial

I love the way seasonal flowers are added to a wild, informal woody base. Not as everlasting as dried flowers, but easily refreshed with different flowers as the seasons change.

Bex Partridge offers an online seasonal wreath tutorial available to buy on Illuminated Shadows, £20. The tutorial includes tips on foraging, making your own wreath base and drying flowers. Bex will also take you through all the steps of creating your own foraged seasonal wreath. 

You can watch the trailer here to help you decide:

 

Idea 8: mix dried and fresh together

make a fresh and dried flower christmas wreath - we share step by steps as well as the info you need to book up a virtual workshop with Leigh Chappell and Jane Ford using sustainable ingredients and combining fresh and dried maybe like these straw flowers. Love the ribbon naturally dyed by The Natural Dye Works #christmas #wreath #sutainable #dried #diy #tutorial

I love the combination of glossy green foliage, foraged dried ingredients and pops of pretty colour from dried straw flowers The exquisite naturally dyed ribbon from The Natural Dye Works is the perfect finishing touch. Love! 

It’s made by Leigh Chappell Flowers and, if you’re quick, you can book up to join the Online Christmas wreath making workshop on 12th December 13.30am -12.30pm The workshop being run in collaboration with Strawberry Hill House and Janne Ford – Book tickets here

Ticket price (£28) includes 1.5 metres of hand dyed velvet ribbon, a re-usable wire wreath ring, reel of rustic string, details of where to buy sustainable moss and foliage. All you’ll need is some foliage, moss and maybe some flowers. You can buy wired dried straw flowers from Etsy here.

Idea 9: buy a dried flower wreath kit

dried flower wreath kit

This pretty dried flower wreath kit is for sale on Etsy by Florence and Flowers and costs just £21. It includes everything you need to make the wreath including instructions, dried flower, grasses, seed pods and moss. You just need to add your own foliage.

Idea 10: dried flower embroidery hoop wreath

dried flower wreath embroidery hoop by olga prinku. Click through for step by steps to creating your own embroidery hoop art with dried flowers as well as lots of other dried flower ideas to inspire you #dried #flowers #hoop #wreath

For a totally different take on dried flower ‘wreaths’, Olga Prinku is a great source of inspiration. Using wooden embroidery hoops, tulle and dried flowers, she creates the most beautiful art. I have picked up some lovely old wooden hoops from local charity shops and am planning to have a go myself. 

If you fancy doing the same, Olga has shared her simple step by steps over on the blog here: How to make embroidery hoop art with dried flowers

dried flower wreath embroidery hoop art by olga prinku click through for step by step tutorial and lots of creative ideas you'll love #dried #flowers #wreath #tutorial #hoopart

There’s an introductory video to Olga’s work as well as links to her full tutorial (available to buy on Illuminated Shadow) here: Dried Flower Embroidery Tutorial

dried flower wreath embroidery hoop art by olga prinku click through for step by step tutorial and lots of creative ideas you'll love #dried #flowers #wreath #tutorial #hoopart

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Henthorn Farm Flowers are sustainable organic flower growers located in Clitheroe, Lancashire. They provide flowers for weddings, events and seasonal farm gate sales. Kirsten also offers a range of inspiring workshops

Botanical Tales is listed in the From Britain with Love directory

Bex Partridge’s Everlastings book is available to buy on Amazon here

Bex Partridge’s dried flower tutorial is available to buy on Illuminated Shadows

Olga Prinku is listed in the From Britain with Love directory. Her botanical embroidery video tutorial is available to buy on Illuminated Shadows


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