If you have extra flowers in your garden or a bouquet of flowers you’d like to keep, consider drying the flowers. They are decorative, they have a pleasant aroma, and they have many mindful uses.
Dried flowers are not just for potpourri—there many reasons why you should keep dried flower on hand. Just a few Mindful ideas are listed below.
- Decoration. Dried flowers can be used for accessorizing. Dried flowers in glass containers make beautiful ornaments and putting dried flowers in picture frames can make for a decorative wall art. Dried, pressed flowers can also be used to decorate homemade candles.
- Edible creations. As long as your flowers are edible you can add them to a variety of culinary treats. Dried flowers can be used in homemade herbal tea. They can also be used as decoration for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies—some flowers, such as lavender, even bring distinct flavors to sweet treats as well.
- Household solutions. Dried flowers can be used around your home. For instance, you can turn dried flowers into sweet-scented linen spray or you can fill a pouch full of dried flowers and place them under your pillow to help you sleep at night.
- Self-care. Lastly, you can also use dried flowers for pampering purposes. You can add dried flowers to homemade bath bombs, soaps, and face scrubs.
Although you can buy dried flowers in the store and over the Internet, it can be more fun to make them yourself. Two of the most popular ways to dry flowers are listed below.
- Hang them. For face scrubs and decorative glass ornaments, hanged flowers work best. Strip the flowers of excessive leaves and tie flowers into a bunch. Hang the flowers upside down in a dry location that’s away from sunlight—the sun can discolor the flowers. It can take weeks for the flowers to dry but it’s worth it.
- Press them. For picture frame application and candle decoration, pressed, dried flowers work best. Simply take a thick book and flip to a section close to the end and line the page with wax paper. Arrange the flowers on top of the paper so that they are not touching and add another layer of wax paper on top of the flowers. Close the book, add more weight on top of the book, and let the flowers press for a week or so. When the flowers are dry they are ready for use.
Important Note: You don’t want pesticide residue in your bath bomb or tea. So, flowers that have been treated with pesticides should only be used for decorative purposes when dried.