If you’ve gotten flowers during the holidays, you may be wondering what to do with those flowers once the holidays are done. The flowers are still fresh so you debate about leaving them on display a bit longer or finding some other use for them. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to make your holiday flowers last much longer. Here are a few great uses for those flowers once the holiday fun is done.
Turn Your Flower Arrangement into a Wreath
With a little help from silica gel, you can create a beautiful wreath with your leftover holiday bouquet. Silica gel will preserve the flowers so that your wreath will be beautiful for years to come. Silica gel can be purchased at most arts and crafts stores. If you need inspiration on a particular wreath design, you can search through YouTube or Pinterest for free tutorials. Just type in the type of flowers you have and the word wreath into the search box and you’ll have tons of inspiring wreath designs right at your fingertips.
Flowers Become Works of Art with Mod Podge
If you’d love to preserve the beauty of your bouquet all year long, you can do so with a picture frame and some mod podge. Mod podge is like having glue and varnish wrapped into one substance. It will preserve your flowers for years to come. Just press the flowers and apply the mod podge and arrange as you desire on the picture frame. You’ll need paper for backing and a frame to complete this craft. Most of these supplies can be found for a few dollars at your local craft store. Some craft stores even offer flower pressing classes.
Use Your Flowers to Freshen a Room
You can use your flowers to make your own homemade potpourri. Roses are particularly good for making potpourri, but other flowers will do just as nicely. Before starting on your potpourri, you’ll need to dry your flowers. You can do this by laying the petals out on a flat service for a few days. You’ll also need to mix a couple of spoonful’s of fiber fix in with the petals and essential oils to add to your flowers once the flowers have dried out. Use a few small drops of whatever scents appeal to you the most. Once you’re done, find a sachet bag or small clear container to store your potpourri in.
Flower arrangements can be enjoyed long after the holiday season if you’re willing to think outside the box and use your imagination. It’s amazing how a bouquet can be transformed into a work of art with a few supplies, minimal effort, and a small investment of time. At The Flower Factory we believes that by trying some of these ideas, you’ll find yourself enjoying your flowers for years to come.