When it comes to summer crafting, we usually spend our time off making bright, fun things inspired by the stunning weather and all the beautiful animals and greenery we see around us when we’re out enjoying the warm breeze and fresh air. Each year, we find that it’s undoubtedly the flowers that catch our attention the most and make us feel more inspired than basically anything else. Crafting with fresh flowers can certainly be done, but we find that the projects have a short shelf life. We’ve done our fair share of crafting with faux flowers in their place, but there’s just something so pretty and whimsical about the flowers being real, so replacing them with silk or plastic diminishes that magic a little bit. That’s why we’ve been so obsessed with the idea of crafting with dried and pressed flowers lately!
Just in case you’re just as intrigued with the idea of drying and pressing your own flowers so you can get creative and decorative with them, here are 15 of the best tutorials, designs, and concepts we’ve come across so far in our avid search for more fantastic projects to try out hands at.
1. Framed pressed flower initials
If you’ve ever worked with pressed flowers before then we have no doubt that you’re probably already well aware of how stunning they are right off the bat. Part of the reason we love working with them so much is that you hardly need to do anything at all to them for the delicate little blossoms to look completely stunning. We’ve often arranged bouquets of pressed flowers on backing card and placed them in frames, but what if you’re looking for something that has a little more personalization to it? Check out Kin Community so see how adorable those same flowers can look when they’re arranged in the shape of a monogram or initial before you frame them!
2. Dried flower and branch garland
Are you more than a little bit intrigued by the idea of working with dried flowers because their gorgeous immortality really pulls at your heart strings but you’re actually of the opinion that pressing them until they’re flattened out takes a bit of their appeal away? Well, luckily for all of us, She Knows is here to remind everyone that not all dried flower projects have to be pressed! Check out how they made this stunning wall hanger mobile that features dried flowers scattered up and down strings like beautiful garlands. We like the way that their use of a branch as a base for their hanger keeps things looking natural and almost rustic.
3. Pressed and dried flower phone case
As you can probably tell already, once you’ve carefully pressed your flowers and let them dry, the possibilities for what you can make are basically endless! If you can think of something that’s doable using decoupage techniques, that same thing can also be done using pressed flowers rather than paper or fabric. This gorgeous pressed flower phone case is the perfect example of what we mean! Check out iCreative Ideas to learn how they arranged, affixed, and sealed their flowers to make sure they don’t peel off with use.
4. DIY dried flower shadow box
Are you very intrigued indeed with the idea of leaving your dried flowers in their natural shape rather than pressing them but you have pets who you know would have way too much fun with the garland mobile idea we showed you earlier? In that case, perhaps you’d be better off with a display idea that will protect the flowers a little more so your furry friends can’t ruin them immediately. We’d suggest taking a look at how Fabulessly Frugal arranged and display their dried flowers carefully in a shadow box.
5. Dried flower bouquet arrangements
If you’re going to go to the trouble of drying your favourite flowers, would you rather preserve them as close to their natural original state as possible, rather than encasing or flattening them into a whole other project entirely? Then maybe this simple dried flower bouquet idea outlined on Save On Crafts would be a little more up your alley! They teach you how to preserve an entire bouquet through a careful hanging and drying process.
6. Dried flower scented sachets
Were you always very interested in those bowls and packets of pot pourri that your grandma had in her home when you were a kid and now you’d like to make something similar but you’d rather make a version that you can hang out of the reach of pets and kids, or perhaps even put in your car? Then we have a feeling you’ll get along very well indeed with this solid scented sachet idea from Flower Studio. Take a look at how they created the base, dried the flowers, and combined the two until they set into this aromatic hanging piece.
7. DIY ombre dried flower wall
Perhaps the hanging dried flower idea actually really appealed to you and your home is a totally safe place to make something like that and have it last, but you’d rather make a larger project that’s closer to a statement piece than the small branch mobile design we showed you earlier on? In that case, we think you might prefer this hanging rose wall alternative outlined on Juliette Laura! We love the way they arranged their flowers in a stunning colour spectrum order to create an ombre effect across the entire wall.
8. DIY dried flower terrarium
Terrariums of all kinds, styles, and sizes have been trending for a while now and, since they’re so interesting to look at and simple to make, we’re not surprised in the least! Personally, however, we’ve always preferred the dried kind because they require much less care than the kind that are essentially still a miniature garden trying to thrive on the corner of your desk. Imagine our contentment, then, when we came across this dried flower terrarium idea featured on Bridget’s Budget Beauty! We love it when more than one thing we adore merges together in one lovely place like this.
9. DIY dried flower door wreath
Perhaps you’ve already got a stunning collection of dried flowers waiting to be used for something but you’d like to keep it simple and also decently sized, since you have quite a large quantity of flowers to work with? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Grateful Prayer, Thankful Heart created this side-heavy hanging door wreath using malleable branches twisted together as their base. We’ve always found this kind of wreath gorgeously vintage looking, no matter what kind of flowers you use.
10. Pressed and dried flower confetti
Are you arranging a photoshoot or preparing for a wedding shower and the idea of including confetti really appeals to you for building atmosphere and aesthetic, but you’re hesitant because you know that some kinds of confetti are quite wasteful and not necessarily healthy for the environment, particularly if your event will be in an outdoor setting? Well, if natural and whimsical are words that fit your over all theme, then perhaps this delicate pressed flower confetti idea outlined on Bit Square is a great DIY alternative for you!
11. Dried and pressed flower canvas wall art
Have you actually been looking for a very simple project that you can create with your kids’ help and use as a tool for helping them learn how to dry, press, and work with flowers themselves? Then we definitely think you should take a look at the way Tattooed Martha made some simply pretty canvas wall art by arranging and gluing some pressed flowers from their own yard and garden and pairing them with a hand written quote that suits the scene they created.
12. DIY dried flower brooch
Have you actually been scrolling through our list thinking about how you love the look of dried flowers so much that you wish you could wear them, so you’ve been hoping to come across a project that will let you do so without flattening them down? Well, your patience was worth it because we think we’ve found just the tutorial for you! Take a look at how Darabil transformed a few simple bundles of dried flowers into lovely little brooches that are perfect for summertime special occasions.
13. DIY dried flower crowns
If you’re going to wear dried flowers and go to the trouble of carefully arranging them in a way that lets you create something beautiful from something so delicate, would you rather make a huge statement with them? In that case, maybe you’d have a better time making and wearing something like this stunning flower crown featured on Hi Lovely! They guide you step by step through the process of making a ring of roses and leaves and give you suggestions for customizing the look however you please.
14. Wooden dried flower coasters
So far, are you finding the idea that interests you the most to be the one that involves decoupaging objects with pressed flowers and sealing them in place, but you’re just not sure that a phone case is the best option for you? Then maybe making something for your home that’s decorative but also functional would be the best idea for you! These awesome DIY wood and pressed flower coasters created by The Crafted Life are the perfect example of what we mean.
15. Dried flower monogram art
Have you actually been scrolling through our list browsing each idea but finding that the one sticking with you the most is the monogram idea from the very beginning, but you hesitated because your personal style when it comes to home decor is quite grand? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Raddest Mom made a completely floral stand alone edition of their initial rather than encasing a small one in a fame. We love how the flowers stand out with lots of visual texture to really draw attention to the letter, even from across the room.
Do you know someone who loves the process and aesthetic of crafting with dried flowers just as much as we do, if not more, and you know they’re always on the lookout for new ideas and inspirations? Share this post with them so they have a few more creative designs to try out!