How to Dry Flowers and Create Beautiful Dried Flower Arrangements for Your Home

Fresh flowers and lush green plants make for beautiful home decor and add a bit of life to any space. However, not all of us have the green thumb, flower expertise, or botanical knowledge to keep these living decor items looking good for more than a week. Thankfully, there’s a new trend going around that allows us non-botanists to enjoy fresh blooms around our home. And, most importantly, it requires no maintenance or care for them to look stunning all year round. This trend, which has been gaining popularity (and for good reason!), is dried flower arrangements.

Dried flower arrangements are created using dried flowers, which have been dehydrated to remove any moisture. As a result, these delicate dried flowers take on a rough texture and typically a soft, muted color. When different varieties of dried flowers come together, it forms a dried flower arrangement that adds a stunning touch to any home decor. And, better yet, they are long lasting decor pieces that can be used season after season. Knowing how to dry flowers and how to use them for home decor will allow you to utilize these stunning displays in your own home.

Best Flowers to Dry for Dried Flower Arrangements

assorted of dried flowers for dried flower arrangement

The best thing about creating your own dried flower arrangement is that you can craft a display that matches your own unique style. Choose your favorite flowers or ones that match your home’s vibe and you can create a one-of-a-kind dried flower arrangement for your space. Most flower varieties can be dried. However, there are some that look better when dried and are also less fragile than others after the drying process. Here are some of the best types of flowers to dry for your dried flower arrangement:

  • Baby’s Breath
  • Hydrangea
  • Lavender
  • Pansies
  • Roses
  • Herbs
  • Eucalyptus Leaves
  • Amaranth
  • Celosia
  • Sea Holly
  • Pampas Grass

Carefully selecting flowers for your dried flower arrangement can help you create the most beautiful display, and also one that will last for several seasons. These flower varieties, amongst others, can be mixed and matched depending on the type of dried flower arrangement you want to create. Pick lavender flowers, eucalyptus leaves, and baby’s breath for an earthy decor piece. Or, use dried flowers with muted red and orange blooms and mix them amongst pampas grass for a fall-inspired arrangement. You’re sure to find a mix of dried flowers that will perfectly fit your space and desired style!

How to Dry Flowers for Dried Flower Arrangements

After you’ve chosen and gathered your flowers for your dried flower arrangement, it’s time to dry them. There are a few different approaches to drying flowers. The method you choose may depend on how much time you have available, as well as what materials you have on hand. So, here are two different methods for drying flowers for your dried flower arrangements.

Air Drying Flowers

dried flowers hanging upside down

Air drying your flowers is often the easiest way to dry flowers. However, it is a bit more time consuming than some other methods. With this method, you let the flowers do most of the work, giving them time to dry out on their own. This allows you to sit back, relax, and begin dreaming of how you’ll decorate your home with your dried flower arrangement. So, with these simple steps, you can be on your way to air drying your flowers for your arrangement.

  1. Remove any excess or unwanted foliage from the flowers.
  2. Cut the stems to your desired length, leaving at least 6 inches.
  3. Bundle the flowers together using a rubber band or string.
  4. Hang the bundle of flowers upside down in a dry, dark, and well-ventilated room (an attic or closet works great). You can use a piece of string to secure the bouquet to a clothes hanger to keep the bundle hanging upside down.
  5. Leave the bundle hanging upside down for about three to four weeks. You’ll know the flowers are dry when they feel crisp!
  6. Once the drying process is complete, remove the dried flower arrangement from the hanger. An optional step is to spray the bundle with unscented hairspray for added protection!

Drying Flowers in the Oven

hand turning nob on kitchen oven

In a time crunch to create your dried flower arrangement or just can’t wait to get your home decorated? Drying flowers in the oven is a great option. This option is quicker than the traditional air drying method and is still just as easy! Here’s how to dry flowers in the oven for quick and easy flower drying:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Strip your chosen flowers of any excess leaves.
  3. Lay the flowers out on an oven-safe drying rack.
  4. Put the drying rack full of blooms into the oven and bake for about two hours, checking them after an hour. Once your flowers start to shrivel, you’ll know it’s time to remove them.
  5. After removing from the oven, let your flowers cool-off before arranging them.

After using either method to dry your flowers, it’s time to gather them into an arrangement. If you chose to air dry your flowers, they’re probably already gathered together in a bundle. Rearrange the flowers as needed for your desired look and tie a ribbon or string around the bottom to keep them together. If you choose to use the oven-drying method, you’ll have to gather the individual blooms from the drying sheet and arrange them in your desired style. Again, you can choose to secure the stems of your dried flower arrangement with a ribbon or string to keep them secure. The final product will be a stunning display of dried blooms that will look great in your space!

How to Display Dried Flower Arrangements for Seasonal Home Decor

dried flower arrangements in vases on white fireplace mantle

Once you’ve created your dried flower arrangement, you can display it anywhere in your home for an earthy botanical touch. Choose a vase that compliments your dried flower arrangement to complete the look. Place the vase on an open shelf, on your bedside table, or on your bathroom counter for a lovely fresh decor piece. Or, leave the arrangement out of a vase and lay in on the dining room table for a stunning table centerpiece. No matter where you choose to display your dried flower arrangement, it’s sure to add a pop of color and earthy touch to your space!

One great thing about dried flower arrangements is that they last all season! Create seasonally inspired arrangements to freshen up your space from season to season. For the fall, use muted orange and red tones for an autumnal display. Or, for the summer, you can even dye dried flowers for a bright and colorful display that will truly pop. Dried flower arrangements are incredibly versatile, making them a great staple decor piece for each and every season.

Now that you know how to create a dried flower arrangement, you can be on your way to creating your own unique decor pieces for your home. And for when you’re craving a fresh pop of floral decor, consider ordering a FruitFlowers® bouquet. These gorgeous flower arrangements are complete with delicious treats, like chocolate covered strawberries, for the ultimate flower delivery right to your doorstep. Whether it’s a dried flower arrangement or a fresh-cut bouquet, flowers are a stunning way to liven up any space.

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