If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I'm in a full fledged dried flower obsession. It all began when my local florist started selling a selection of vibrantly dyed bunny tail grasses. Intrigued by these gorgeous fluffy things, I took some home, along with some other wonderfully odd dried grasses and before long, my first dried arrangement was born. Since then, I haven't been able to stop shopping and collecting more dried elements. I actually can't quite remember the last time I purchase a fresh bouquet of flowers. Scratch that, I bought 3 bunches of pink peonies from Trader Joe's last weekend but honestly, as beautiful as they were, they lasted a mere 3 days before I had to throw them in the compost. Reason #56 to get on board with dried flower bouquets: there's no expiration date.
The most difficult part about arranging your own dried flowers is actually sourcing the flowers. I recommend first trying your local wholesale flower mart or florist. Next, I suggest browsing Amazon, Etsy or Afloral and Dried Decor. As far as dyeing your own, I haven't tried it. However, I've found a tutorial online that you can take a stab at. Leave a comment if you try dyeing your own. I'd love to know how it turned out!
A Glossary of Dried Flowers, Pods & Grasses
from left to right: pink Brunia, purple Phalaris, dried pods, blue bunny grass, blue Phalaris, white Thistle, green Avena wild oats, natural bunny tail grass, burnt orange bunny tail grass, bleached wheat, German Statice, white floral buttons, natural green Phalaris, Jacaranda pods, natural Protea, pink Phalaris, pink star flowers, pink floral buttons, bleached wheat, bleached bunny tail grass, pink Amaranth, bleached Stardust Gypsophila and dried cotton pods (not pictured)
Start with your biggest flower or pod first. Then, add a few of my main elements, which in this case are the blue bunny tail grasses.
Then, add your next largest element. Then add some of the smaller grasses and flowers.
Continue adding at least a few of each of the elements. At this point, you should have one or a couple of every flower, pod and grass. Think of this as the center of your bouquet. You'll start to work your way around the center, in a clockwise direction and adding more and more.
Keep rotating the bouquet while it's in your hands. When adding flowers and grasses, I like to work my way down, making the center of the bouquet the highest point.
Continue rotating the bouquet and shaping it with more flowers and grasses. When you're finished, go through the bouquet and pull out some of the smaller flowers and grasses to give it a more dynamic silhouette. Wrap the stems with a rubber band and trim the ends with a flower cutter.
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