Handmade dried floral wreaths for any occasion
Dried floral wreaths are a beautiful way to decorate your home for the holiday season – or any season! They’re also an elegant and eco-friendly alternative to fresh flowers, and they will last much longer than fresh decorations too! In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of their pros and cons so you can decide if they’re right for you.
But before we dive into dried floral wreaths, we will want to take a look into dried flowers in general.
What are dried flowers?
Dried flowers are just as they say – dried! They’re usually made by removing the water from fresh cut flowers and leaving them out to dry. Sometimes, however, some of their outer petals will be removed in order for them to last longer without wilting.
Dried flowers last longer than regular flowers because they’re not as fragile. They don’t have to be refrigerated and they can last for years (if properly stored).
How long do dried flowers last?
Professional dried flowers will last a few years (again, with proper storage). They’ll need to be stored in an airtight container or they can get moldy.
The average person’s dried flowers will last anywhere from two weeks to three months. The length of time varies depending on the type of flower and how many petals you remove before putting them on the wreath. It also depends on how you take care of them. If you care for the dried flowers carefully, and keep them out of direct sunlight, they could last years!
Some people think that dried flowers last forever. This is not true. They will eventually start to fall apart and lose their color, so it’s best to use them within a few years of drying them.
Dried flowers are becoming more popular because they don’t have the same fragility as fresh ones. Dried flowers last about ten times longer than fresh cut flowers before they die so it is definitely worth looking into!
Are dried flowers eco-friendly?
Dried flowers are very eco-friendly. Having dried floral wreaths is one way to have an eco-friendly front door!
Some reasons that having a dried floral wreath is eco friendly includes:
- Using less water
- Since they last longer, they are more sustainable
- Chemicals are not used on them
What are the pros and cons of having dried floral wreaths?
There are both pros and cons of making the decision to having dried floral wreaths as the wreath of choice for your home.
Take some time to weigh the advantages and disadvantages before deciding if this type of wreath is the best fit for your front door.
Pros of having dried floral wreaths include:
- Last longer (you don’t have to keep buying them)
- Look great (current trend)
- Create a welcoming feel without being overbearing
- Environmentally friendly
Cons of having dried floral wreaths include :
- Not fresh
- Occasional loss in color
- Occasionally deal with petals falling off
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9 of the best dried floral wreaths for your front door
22-inch Pink Grasslands dried floral wreath. Handmade in the USA.
This dried floral wreath is sturdy and very full. It would be an absolute gorgeous addition to your front door!
Samantha Azzarelli is the founder and creator at The Gathering Garden, a Florida-based homegrown business where dried floral wreaths are handmade to order.
The Gathering Garden was born from a love of nature and all that it provides.
22-inch dried cockscomb & strawflower wreath
You’ll be wowed by this beautiful floral wreath, which is also created by The Gathering Garden. They have sold more than 2,000 wreaths online.
Their dried floral wreaths will last for years to come so you can enjoy it season after season. The Gathering Garden uses authentic and carefully dried blooms, which retain their beauty longer than a fresh one!
How about a wreath of cotton? Enjoy this country-feeling wreath. It’s real cotton on a rattan base. The wreath comes with essence oil that you can apply for a fresh scent! The company offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
16-inch safflower and herb natural dried and preserved wreath
How about dried herbs in a wreath? From the kitchen to your living room, this wreath will add a welcoming touch of color and fragrance. This all natural and preserved wreath features safflowers and savory herbs like dill, marjoram, sage, bay, and chili peppers.
It’s handmade by artisans in the USA.
20-inch springtime English lavender wreath
Breathe in the amazing scent of Lavender with this gorgeous front door wreath complete with dried lavender. Every wreath made is unique as they are all handmade. So, it makes this wreath that much more special because each one is its own.
Van Cortlandt Farms in the Pacific Northwest makes many handmade wreaths and all are simply breathtaking. See some of our top picks below. Each one is truly one-of-a-kind.
VanCortlandt Farms Handmade Nature’s Passion wreath – available in 3 sizes
Featuring: Artemisia, Purple Globe Amaranth, Green Wheat, Yarrow, Flax, Nigella, Purple Sinuata Statice and Orange Safflower
Handmade “Orange U Glad” wreath
Featuring: Dry salal, globe amaranth, artemisia, green wheat, orange safflower, yarrow, millet and orange slices
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DIY Your Floral Wreath
Another option is to start with a base made from grapevine and add dried flowers to the wreath. There are many different styles of bases that you can start with for dried floral wreaths and then add as many flowers as you wish making your dried floral wreath uniquely you.
The Peace Sign wreath from American Green Crafts
This peace symbol states that only good vibes live in this home. Add a couple flowers or a whole bunch and make a true peace and love statement on your front door. You can also choose the “Customize Now” option and they will do some of the work for you!
For a more basic base, there is always the grapevine circle. This wreath is fairly thin around and that should be kept in mind. However, overall it is a nice base to add your lovely dried flowers and make your own gorgeous wreath.
Where to get the dried flowers
There are two options to gather your flowers. You can either DIY or purchase a bouquet already dried.
Purchase dried flowers
These fantastic flowers are a more muted pink. They are approximately 24 inches long. So you have plenty of room to play with to attach them to your wreath. Nice delicate smell to the flowers as well.
280 to 300 stems of dried lavender bundles
Who doesn’t love a delicate lavender fragrance? This bundle of lavender doesn’t disappoint and would look lovely in your own DIY wreath.
Dried eucalyptus branches – 30″ tall
Eucalyptus is another great choice for your wreath. You can use it as an indoor wreath to help keep the bugs out. Aromatic and lovely choice for your DIY dried floral wreath.
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DIY your dried floral wreaths
There are many options to dry your flowers. However, the easiest solution is airdrying them. All you need is twine, scissors and a stick to hang them from!
- Remove the leaves
- Group flowers and tie them together
- Attach the flowers to your stick
- Hang them up to dry
- 3-4 weeks, they are ready to use. According to FTD, you can spray them with some unscented hairspray and keep them out of direct sunlight.
For three other methods, head to this awesome blogpost of FTD.
Any string will do. However, I’m a huge fan of twine. So this is my pick for the string to hang your flowers to dry!
Checkout this video for one of many ways to DIY your own dried floral wreath!
Common flowers and elements found in dried floral wreaths
According to HGTV, there are several awesome choices for the best flowers for drying.
- Globe Thistle (wear gloves when picking)
- Celosia (AKA Dragons Breath)
- Strawflowers (such as Sundaze)
- Violas or Pansies
- Baby’s Breath
- Globe Amaranth (comes in a wide array of colors/shades)
- African Daisies (such as Sopranos)
- Artemisia (the plants have a silvery to grayish green leaf great for drying)
- Cream Veranda Rose
To learn how to prepare and care for these various types of dried flowers/leaves, visit this article by HGTV
Other elements found in a dried flower wreath are grapevine, herbs or ribbon. Show your creative side with your own personal touches. The sky’s the limit!
Meaning behind the flowers
Different flowers that you pick can have different meanings or even different purposes. For example, eucalyptus is a great choice to keep bugs out and lavender is very calming. But beyond that, there is symbolism too. Read about some other flower choices below.
- Hydrangeas represent grace, gratitude and beauty. Therefore, they are a great choice for your wreath.
- Pansies represent loving feelings. This flower would be great as a wreath to give to someone special! Remember that different colored pansies can symbolize slightly different things. So pick your pansies wisely!
- Baby’s Breath is a very common addition to many bouquets, arrangements, and wreaths because it’s small, delicate and available pretty much all year. Like with many flowers, the different colors symbolize different meanings. However, overall, Baby’s Breath shows such things as adoration, innocence, romance and devotion. Read more about its meaning here.
- Celosia is a great choice if you want to represent boldness and courage. A great statement for your home.
- Besides being a lovely scent and having a calming effect, lavender has some awesome symbolism too. Lavender flowers represent purity, silence, devotion, serenity, grace, and calmness. Purple is the color of royalty and speaks of elegance, refinement, and luxury, too. The color is also associated with the crown chakra, which is the energy center associated with higher purpose and spiritual connectivity.
- Larkspur represents an open heart. Another great meaning for your home. Once again, pick your color wisely as a pink larkspur represents fickleness whereas a white Larkspur, a happy-go-lucky nature!
- Cream Veranda Rose would be ivory in color and signifies gratefulness and thoughtfulness. It’s the rose that says I’m thinking of you … But not necessarily in a romantic sort of way.
- African Daisies have great symbolism too. They can represent purity, innocence, and a love full of loyalty. For more on their meaning, head over to Floraqueen.com and learn more!
Cost of dried floral wreaths
Obviously, because no matter what, the dried floral wreath will be handcrafted. If you have one made, a decent wreath can cost over fifty dollars and many around the hundred dollar mark.
If you make it yourself, you have a little more control over the price. However, sometimes it’s better to just purchase one premade. Though it might seem costly compared to other wreaths, it’s well worth it because of what you are receiving.
Final thoughts on dried floral wreaths
A dried Flower wreath is an excellent addition to your home. Keep in mind that it’s best to keep your dried flowers out of direct sunlight whether you purchase a wreath or create your own. They don’t last forever; however, with proper care, they can last a couple of years. So that’s many seasons where you can enjoy your dried floral wreath.
The only question left is, are you going to purchase one already done or try to create your own? Oh and don’t forget that this wreath option is also environmentally friendly!