23+ Ways to Use Everyday Flowers for Home Decor, DIY Projects, Recipes & More

Flowers, whether in your garden or displayed in your kitchen, are not only beautiful, but also very versatile. Their brightly-colored blooms can be used around your home, in your garden, and always make for a meaningful gift in the form of a flower bouquet. Everyday flowers, including roses, carnations, daisies, and other common variations, are often used in these classic ways.

While they look simplistically beautiful displayed in a vase and are a well-loved gift, everyday flowers can be used in a multitude of other ways. From home decor, herbal teas, crafts, and other unique DIY projects, the opportunities are endless.

We set out to explore some unique ways to use everyday flowers. We asked 20 people, from DIY experts to bloggers and business owners, to share their favorite uses of everyday flowers. (Note: FruitFlowers® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for responses to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to learn about some unique ways to use everyday flowers. Maybe you can even take some inspiration and try a few of these ideas out!


Boye Fajinmi

Boyse Fajinmi is the Co-Founder and President of TheFutureParty, a media platform and email newsletter that covers the latest news in business, entertainment, and culture.

“Plant based dyes: There are a lot of common everyday flower that can be used to create color dyes for clothing. A lot of garden favorite flowers can be used to create plant dyes. Marigolds, dahlias and sunflowers are a few common examples of dye flowers that you could easily find with a trip to your local garden center. You can either plant them yourself or buy them outright. Either way it’s pretty unlikely you’ll have difficulty finding them. Recipes for making the dyes themselves are an easy find online and the majority of the required materials for this project likely are already in your kitchen. This is an easy and fun way to use those flower petals in your garden before they wilt away.”


angela milnes headshotAngela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a DIY expert and founder of the multi award-winning family lifestyle blog, The Inspiration Edit.

@theinspirationedit

“One unique way to use flowers is as part of a centerpiece. A simple vase with a few blooms can make a big impact on a dining room table or kitchen counter. You can also use flowers to brighten up a room by placing them in a strategic location, like near a door or window.

Another unique way to use flowers is to make your own natural dye. This can be done by boiling petals in water and then using the resulting liquid to color fabric or paper. You can also add petals to homemade soap or candles for a touch of luxury.

Finally, flowers can be used in the garden as natural pest control. Certain varieties, like marigolds, release chemicals that repel harmful insects. So not only do they look beautiful, they can also help keep your garden healthy!”


jennifer refat headshotJennifer Refat

Jennifer Refat is the face behind Craftic. Craftic is a blog that features DIY craft tutorials, including the following unique craft that uses everyday flowers.

@crafticland

“Watercolor Dyed Flowers:
Materials: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink (Set of 12 Bottles), Small Glass Vase, White Carnation Flowers, Bounty Paper Towels (8 rolls), Fiskars All Purpose Scissors
Step 1: Prep the flowers. Cut flower stems to 8 inches or less. Remove all leaves by snipping them off with scissors (ripping them will further damage the flowers).
Step 2: Fill vessels with 8 oz. of water each and add 10 drops of concentrated watercolor paint in each vessel.
Step 3: After a couple of hours, you will notice the flowers changing colors. After a day, the flowers will be as colorful as they can get.”

rachel fink headshotRachel Fink

Rachel Fink is the Founder and CEO of Parenting Pod, a parenting blog that discusses mental health, healthy parenting, and other topics from the point of view of licensed therapists and physicians.

“I love using flowers as an easy form of aromatherapy within the home. So essentially, placing certain everyday flowers in the home, so that their scent can help in different ways. Mainly, I use the scent to create a calming and welcoming environment, to reduce stress and anxiety.

Lemon and lavender are two of my particular favorites, and I love having them in the living room!”


david mason headshot David Mason

David Mason is a the owner of The Knobs Company, which helps homeowners and designers create spaces that reflect their unique personalities.

“You can use flowers in a variety of ways beyond just looking pretty in a vase. Many common flowers have culinary, cosmetic, or even medicinal uses. Candle making is a popular hobby, and you can use flowers to add a unique touch to your candles. For example, lavender flowers can be added to a candle to give it a relaxing scent.

Flowers can also be used in recipes. For example, you can use nasturtiums to make a flavorful pesto or candied violets to decorate cakes and cupcakes.

And finally, some flowers can be used for medicinal purposes. For example, chamomile can be used to make a tea that helps with anxiety and insomnia.”


michel cocke headshotMichel Cocke

Michel Cocke is the CEO of 253 Houses, a real estate firm of premier real estate professionals in the Tacoma, Washington area.

“For centuries, flowers have been used to make tea. Some of the most common flowers used to make tea include the lavender, chamomile, and bee balm. Other plants that can be used to make tea include the leaves, roots, and flowers. Aside from being tasty, these beverages have health benefits.

I especially enjoy the blossoms of tea, which are as delicate as they are flavorful. Moreover, although most flowers are designed to attract insects, some repel them with their natural chemicals. One of the most common ways that these chemicals are produced is by the dried flowers of chrysanthemums. These are then used to make pyrethrins, which are natural pesticides. There are also various types of marigolds that are known to repel insects.”


john webber headshotJohn Webber

John Webber is the Founder of Carved, a company that creates a sells handmade wooden goods, including phone cases and wallet covers.

“Rose Petal Jam: I love making Rose Petal Jam out of roses. It is just so refreshing to have on Summer Mornings. It has many health benefits as well such as it beats the heat away.

Flower Vase: I like putting flowers in flower vases around the house to make it smell
good and fresh. I have wooden vases that I have hand crafted myself and they are one of a kind and look absolutely beautiful.”


ben price headshotBen Price

Ben Price is a DIY, home, and HVAC expert and the co-founder of Heatable UK.

“1) Rose petals are an amazing way to add flavor to your salads or other dishes. Just toss some rose petals into your dish and you’ll be amazed by how much better it tastes! You can also add rose water to cakes and other desserts for a subtle but beautiful floral flavor.

2) Lavender is great for making calming teas, but did you know it’s also great for your skin? Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your moisturizer and you’ll be left feeling relaxed, refreshed, and soft as a baby’s bottom (almost).

3) If you’re looking for something more natural than candles but don’t want to resort to using a flashlight or lamp, try using rose petals as candle holders. They’ll give off just enough light so that you don’t feel like you’re in the dark while also providing a beautiful floral scent that adds some romance to any room.”


falcon river logo John Hart

John Hart is the Co-Founder and CEO of Falcon River, a company that delivers dealflow services to businesses and works to connect qualified buyers and sellers.

“In many cultures, flowers are used as an edible flavor enhancer. For instance, when I had gone to visit an Indian friend, they served me a natural rose drink which they made from dried rose petals and honey. They called it ‘sherbet’.

Flowers are also a great way to jazz up your tea. The addition of a handful of dried petals in your tea can give you an array of benefits. Do remember to be careful and use only recognizable flowers such as jasmine, chamomile, and the like.

Apart from that, preserved flowers are all the rage as decoration items. This is where the obscure flower breeds (which cannot be eaten) can be utilized. Pressed flower arrangements placed in glass frames serve as beautiful party favors and crushed flowers can also be shaped in resin molds to create bookmarks that make for sentimental gifts.”


Stefan Bucur

Sefan Bucur has over 6 years of experience in home decor and interior design. Stefan and his wife are the faces behind Rhythm of the Home, a blog that features home decor, gardening, and DIY inspiration.

“We like placing air and snake plants inside gold terrariums to uplift living rooms and bedrooms. These plants are ideal to elevate any home and the colors of the terrariums are paired very well with the sun’s reflection on them. Ideally the rooms should have plenty of natural light.

Another idea that we use all the time is tall pampas grass placed in vertical vases in focal corners. This is a great way to improve an empty corner that already attracts a lot of attention because it might be close to something important like a dining table.”


sarah jameson headshotSarah Jameson

Sarah Jameson is the Marketing Director at Green Building Elements, a platform for researching residential and commercial building projects.

“Dining Table Centerpiece: Florals liven up the atmosphere in the dining room and are flexible enough to fit into every arrangement. You can either go for a single vase for a round table or opt for multiple vases for rectangular ones.

Eliminate dull corners: Plants or floral arrangements easily make any corner or space in any room of the house livelier whichever arrangement they go for. There are tons of options: dried flowers, single floral blooms, a floral mantel, or a full bunch. The best way to know the height level you should go for is to check your ceiling height or the height of the table and furniture.

Florals create cohesiveness: Flowers add a great design element and they should match well with the colors present in the room so there is cohesiveness or a flow of elements. Blooms are great for complementing colors or contrasting them to either add a pop of color or emphasize the primary color of the room even more.”


jeremy yamaguchi headshotJeremy Yamaguchi

Jeremy Yamaguchi is the CEO of Lawn Love, a company that’s bringing high-tech solutions to commercial and residential lawn care.

@lawnlove

“I love using flowers to decorate the exterior and interior of my home. In my yard, I have a wide variety of native flowers that bloom annually, as well as new one’s each year that I will plant in colorful, unique planters. Inside my home, I have found that flowers don’t just have to be centerpieces, and they don’t have to be in vases. I like to think outside of the box and find places to display them, or things to hold them, that are a little out-of-the box. A couple of examples that I’ve done have been putting them in bottles and hanging those bottles with string on my walls, putting them in a pitcher on my kitchen counter, and drying them down for decoration. I am constantly changing it up!”


stephany smith headshotStephany Smith

Stephany Smith is a home improvement expert at Fantastic Services, a resource for finding local handymen for your home improvement and repair projects.

“Flowers are the embodiment of beauty, but they’re not only that. They’re also functional in that they purify the air, make us feel more in touch with nature and cultivate certain moods. Inhaling the scents of different plants has been a centuries-long practice for reducing stress, inducing better sleep, and fighting depression and even inflammation. These are some of my favorite unique ways to use everyday flowers:

Jewelry: Pressed and dried flowers embedded in clear resin can be made into pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings and statuettes. It’s even more unique if you research which flower matches your personality, birth month or zodiac sign so your jewelry tells a personal story.

Aromatherapy: Essential oils are made ‌of plant leaves and flowers and are used to improve physical and mental health. Research supports that aromatherapy reduces stress, anxiety and even nausea. You can use different scents to DIY items such as soaps, lotions, bath bombs, candles, incense and many more. Some of the things I make, whenever I have time, are lavender lemon soap and essential oil candles.

For the lavender lemon soap, you’ll need shea butter, rubbing alcohol, dried lemon zest, dried lavender buds and a silicone mold. Spray the silicone mold with some rubbing alcohol, sprinkle a layer of dried lemon zest and a layer of dried lavender buds. Microwave the shea butter in a heat-proof container until it’s melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil into it. Add the remaining dried lemon zest and lavender buds to the liquid, stir and pour into the silicone mold. Spray some more rubbing alcohol over it and let it set for 20 minutes. Freeze it for around 2 hours and it’s done.”


tiffany payne headshotTiffany Payne

Tiffany Payne is the Director of Marketing at Orangeries UK, a company that offers high-end, luxury home extensions.

“Your rotten blossoms can be turned into natural soap at home. The natural DIY shower soap can be manufactured from rotting flower petals, which is as basic as it gets. Simply obtain the essential equipment and ingredients for soap manufacturers, such as 100 percent sodium hydroxide or lye in the crystalline state, and combine them with your preferred colors, flowers, oils, and herbs. In no time, you’ll have your own homemade soap!”


fred hoffman headshotFred Hoffman

Fred Hoffman is a professional camper, avid traveler, and Founder of The True Wilderness, a blog that provides a wide array of camping advice.

“There are so many ways to use flowers in your everyday life! You can decorate with them, use them to brighten up a space, or even use them to add a touch of nature to your home.

1) Make a Flower Crown:
Another fun way to use flowers is to make a flower crown! This is a great activity to do with kids or for a special occasion.

2) Decorate Your Home:
Flowers are a great way to decorate your home. You can use them to brighten up a space or to add a touch of nature to your home. One way to decorate your home with flowers is to put them in vases around the house. This is a great way to add a pop of color to any room. You can also use flowers to create a unique arrangement. This is a great way to add some life to your home décor.

Another way to decorate your home with flowers is to use them in crafts. You can make a wreath out of flowers, or you can use them to decorate picture frames. There are endless possibilities when it comes to crafting with flowers.

3) Use Them in Recipes:
Flowers are not just for decoration, you can also use them in recipes! Edible flowers can be used to add flavor and color to your dishes. Chrysanthemums and nasturtiums are two types of edible flowers that are commonly used in recipes.”


rakhi oswal headshot Rakhi Oswal

Rakhi Oswal is a life coach and the founder of Edrio, an online clothing store.

@realrakhioswal

“For me, the best use of everyday flowers is making potpourri. It beautifies as well as freshens any space. There are various ways to make potpourri, but my personal favorite is using dried flowers and essential oils as per the vibe of the room. Flowers can also be used to create beautiful decorative pieces using resin. For example, you can create pictures, photo frames, and even mobile covers. But, most importantly, you can use flowers and leaves with resin to create almost any and every decorative item.”


grace baena headshotGrace Baena

Grace Baena is the Director of Brand at Kaiyo, a platform that provides a sustainable way to buy & sell pre-loved furniture.

“One of my favorite uses for everyday flowers is tea. Chamomile, jasmine, and roses are great for making teas– and you can even use roots from a variety of other plants. These beverages tend to have health benefits and are just delicious to drink. I especially love making blooming teas, which are as beautiful as they are tasty!”


dave cimon headshotDave Cimon

Dave Cimon is the co-founder and CEO of Costumes Heaven, a website that provides cosplay guides and innovative designs and costumes for special events.

“Many people are surprised by the fact that flowers can also be used in preparing food. One of its best uses of flowers is in different teas. Personally, jasmine tea has won my heart and left me in awe with its amazing nutritional health benefits. Jasmine tea is a treasure of antioxidants. It served as an avenger during the pandemic. One of the most common health issues reported by people is related to the heart and this tea lowers the risk of various heart diseases.”


giovanni scippo headshotGiovanni Scippo 

Giovanni Scippo is an experienced designer at 3D Lines, a company that uses CGI to create architectural renderings for interior designers and developers.

“1) Make your gift wrappers or letters fancier by using a wax seal and attaching some florals to them.

2) Create a cute floral wall in a corner of your space and use it for photographs.

3) Flower petals can also be used to decorate cakes or plate a nice meal.”


christina sleeper headshotChristina Sleeper

Christina Sleeper is the Founder, Chef, and chief recipe developer of Sleepers Gourmet, a Los Angeles based specialty food company. They craft original recipe seasonings, jams, salts, teas, pickles and more.

“One of my favorite ways to enhance flavor is to do floral pairings. One of my favorite flowers to work with is rose. I have created original recipe teas and jams with rose. When properly incorporated the taste is nothing short of heaven.”


Aapt Dubey

Aapt Dubey is the face behind Fish in Aquarium, a blog that covers all things fish related, including aquarium reviews and fish care guides.

“I’ve loved flowers my whole life, in fact, I keep fresh flowers on my dining table which I change every morning. Flowers, especially everyday flowers, have a multitude of uses. Some of them are:

1) Resin Art: Preserving dried out flowers could never be more beautiful and meaningful. You can crush the dried out petals, put them together with resin in the form of a necklace, or a keychain and gift them to your close friends and family members.

2) Air purifier: Apart from beautifying the room, flowers also make it fresher to breathe in. Yes, they purify the air inside a room and make your even more peaceful. They radiate loads of oxygen into the room in return, making it easier to breathe in by absorbing the harmful toxins.”


shane paarman headshot Shane Paarman

Shane Paarman is the founder and CEO of awesomestuff365, a blog that features unique gift ideas, cool inventions, and new technology.

“My personal favorite use for everyday flowers is to strategically use them for pest control. For example, petunias, marigolds, lavender, and lemongrass, all repel insects really efficiently! So having these flowers around your house can keep it bug-free. So it’s a practical kind of flowery decoration!”


meera watts headshot Meera Watts

Meera Watts is the Founder and CEO of Siddhi Yoga, a business that provides a holistic environment to transform lives through yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda.

@meerawatts

“I adore flowers and am continuously working to expand my flower collection in my garden. Plants and flowers contain several components that can help to heal wounds and injuries. Ayurvedic medicine relies on the richness of these plants, which serve as both herbs and medicines. I usually choose to grow plants and flowers that can aid in the treatment of others. You might be surprised to learn that many of the flowers you see in front of you are actually good for your health.”


With some new found inspiration from these contributors, you’re ready to start using everyday flowers to their fullest potential. Whether using them to create DIY home decor, incorporating them into a recipe, or using them in a craft, you’re sure to find a use for everyday flowers that inspires you! Ready to get started with one of these ideas? Order a bouquet of flowers from FruitFlowers®, where you can choose a bouquet of flowers that’s just right for your project. Get fresh-cut flowers delivered right to your doorstep and you’ll be ready to go!

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