Special to OneWed by Lisa W. for FiftyFlowers.com
Hey crafty brides! Once you've said I Do
, don’t even think about throwing those gorgeous wedding flowers
away! With help from Ellen Bowman AKA “The Flower Mom” on Twitter, you can learn to preserve your flowers
and enjoy the loveliness of your day forevermore. So plan ahead, take those wedding blooms home and transform them into pretty, unique gifts and keepsakes for you, your friends and family. We hope these five project ideas will inspire you to “reuse” your wedding day flowers, give them as gifts and envision the places where you will enjoy them in your home:
# 1 – Potpourri
Place whole dried flowers or wedding day petals, leaves and ribbon in fancy apothecary jars. Scents are a wonderful trigger to bring you back to that special day. And as time goes on, add drops of natural oils for fragrance. With this pink orchid
, it’s simply perfect for a powder room.
# 2 – The Guest Room
Create photo cubes filled with dried petals and top each with larger blooms. Roses
are perfect for this. Insert your favorite wedding photo
on each side. Then place them throughout the house and enjoy these fragrant reminders of your wedding day.
# 3 – Jewelry Box
Use a single bud from your flower girl's bouquet or headpiece in a tiny, shadow jewelry box. Give to your flower girl as a meaningful thank you gift. Maybe even include a small locket inside. If you are making one for yourself, it’s a lovely place to store your rings
# 4 – Thank You Gifts
Make little sachets of wedding day blooms as thank you gifts for your bridesmaids
. Use organza bags and tie with ribbon or find pretty fabric on sale. For a special surprise, make them before guests depart and tuck in their suitcases for a pleasant sweet smelling surprise!
# 5 – Your Office Desk
Purchase an inexpensive, unfinished frame from your local craft store, then paint or stain it. Hot glue a few of the most special dried flowers around the frame. Add ribbon and tiny pearls or rhinestones for sparkle. The final touch is inserting the perfect photo of your loved ones.
Most flowers can be successfully dried either by air-drying or in silica gel or sand. These techniques are easy to learn and materials are readily available. If you need replacement flowers for damaged blooms order wholesale flowers
online. For detailed instructions on how to create these gifts and preserve your own bridal bouquet, visit RecycleYourWeddingFlowers.com
. Special thanks to
Ellen Bowman for providing these ideas and photos.