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20+ Dried Flower Crafts for Decor or Gifts

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

My mom has always been a big gardener, so my siblings learned how to press and dry flowers at a young age. We also canned, dehydrated, and did all sorts of other hippie late 70s and early 80s things! That part of childhood was really fun.

Once you dry flowers – what are you supposed to do with them? Well, the good news is that you can make things. A bunch of things! And I’m excited to share those things with you here.

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
  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.

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!