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20+ Dried Flower Crafts to Beautify Your Home and Gift Giving

Learn how to make dried flower crafts for decor or gifts! Here are over 20+ ideas you’re going to love, perfect for beginning crafters. Grab your pressed flowers and check out these projects.

Dried Flower Crafts for decor or gifts

Growing up, my backyard was less of a yard and more of a botanical wonderland, thanks to my mom’s green thumb. Among the myriad of gardening skills she passed down to us kids, the art of pressing and drying flowers was one that truly stuck.

It felt like we were capturing a piece of the changing seasons under the pages of our heavy books, preserving the beauty of blooms long after their petals had fallen in the real world.

This hobby, along with a host of other delightfully ‘earthy’ activities we indulged in – think canning, dehydrating fruits for winter, and creating our own little ecosystem of sustainable living – painted our childhoods with a deep-rooted love for nature’s gifts.

Fast forward to today, and the question arises: what to do with all those delicate, preserved petals and leaves? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably wondered how to breathe new life into these dried remnants of spring and summer.

Well, I’ve put together a treasure trove of over 20 creative and unique ideas for dried flower crafts that will transform your floral keepsakes into something truly special.

From decorative pieces that add a touch of nature’s elegance to your living spaces to handmade gifts that carry a piece of your heart, there’s something for everyone in this collection of pressed flower crafts.

So, let’s embark on this crafty journey together and explore the endless possibilities that await!

Pressing and Preserving Flowers

Before we jump into the projects, I did want to answer a few frequently asked questions about dried flower crafts. If you just want the ideas, scroll past this section. Otherwise, here’s a little education for you!

How do you dry flowers at home?

There are several methods to press and/or dry flowers. None of them are necessarily better than others. It’s really about what you want to do:

  1. Wooden flower press – two pieces of wood screwed together at all four corners
  2. Between the pages of books – place flowers in the pages of books, close and weight down for several weeks
  3. Hanging – Find a dark, dry area with good circulation and hang the flowers upside down. Leave flowers for two to three weeks until completely dry
  4. Ironing – flatten between parchment paper and press with a dry, hot iron
  5. Microwave – flowers stay between two ceramic tiles held together with rubber bands and are microwaved several times.
  6. Flower drying crystals – place in the silica gel for 3 – 7 days

If I were going to select a method, it would depend on what I was doing. If I need the flowers flat for my project, I’d use the books method and just be patient.

If I want the flowers to be dimensional and in tact (to make a wreath, for example), I’d use the hanging or crystal drying. Don’t be afraid to try them all and see what works best for you!

How do you dry flowers and keep their color?

You can’t. Flowers are going to do what they are going to do. You can’t really tell what colors you’re going to end up with when preserving flowers.

One strategy some use is to cut the flowers before they fully bloom, and that helps. But flowers will not retain their original color when you press and dry them.

Ready to dive into the dried flower crafts? Check out the projects below and let me know which are your favorite in the comments!

Dried Flower Crafts

Learn how to make crafts using dried flowers! Here are some great ideas you're going to love for DIY home decor or gifts.

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Friday 19th of August 2022

Lots of brilliant ideas. Question: if my garden has very few flowers where do you suggest I find fresh flowers or dried flowers in bulk


Friday 19th of August 2022

The craft stores usually have some dried flowers in the floral section, in the jewelry section, or with the resin! I recommend checking there. You can also get dried flowers on Etsy. Or you can buy grocery store flowers when they put them on sale because they don't sell and press them yourself!


Sunday 6th of March 2022

Amy- Anxiety about doing things right, or step by step can stop me in my tracks. I really appreciate you and your writing style! You inspire me to get moving just by saying "but try it your own way!" or "see what works for you" ... Thank you. Thank you. :-)


Saturday 12th of March 2022

My pleasure! And I'm all about taking your own journey :)


Saturday 12th of February 2022

Wow these look awesome. Lots of ideas that I will use. Thank you so much


Saturday 12th of February 2022

Thank you for reading!