Wall of Flowers, Dried Flower DIY project

I confess to being a little bit of a hoarder when it comes to dried flowers. Even with no particular plans to use them, I find the act of cutting and hanging flowers to dry brings much joy and satisfaction during the growing season.

But the truth of my flower drying habit was not always pretty. In fact, it was basically a haphazard mess – a vase of drying hydrangeas here, a bundle of tansy there, and a coat closet filled with little bunches of globe thistles, gomphrena, Joe Pye Weed and more.

Recently, I decided to up my dried flower game. Inspired by Bex Partridge of Botanical Tales, I fashioned a hanging rack for my dried flower bounty. Scrounging around my house, I gathered 3/4 inch dowels from an old project my children have long since outgrown, extra brass curtain rods supports, and a roll of bark covered wire. (Unfortunately, I have no advice on where to find these items, since I don’t remember buying them but they shouldn’t be hard to locate if you want to make your own.)

On a blank wall in my studio space, my husband kindly attached the curtain rods near the top, I rested one dowel on them, then wrapped the wire around the ends, let it hang down and then attached a second dowel about 18 inches below the top one.

Then, I hung the third dowel from a second set of wires. Luckily, dried flowers are lightweight, so everything can hang from just three brackets.

Then, the fun began as I attached bunches of flower held together by rubber bands to S hooks, and hung the bunches from the wooden bars. It felt like it came together in minutes. Voila! Dried flower wall!

To be honest, this method of storing dried flowers goes against most recommendations, as they are exposed to plenty of light in my sunny studio, as well as somewhat erratic temperatures.

But as some one who plans to turn over my stock of dried flower within a year, I’ve decided I’m just not going to worry about that. Who wants to see dried flowers sit around long enough to be dusty? Not me!

Instead, I’m planning to enjoy them this winter and early spring, whether attempting some of the projects in Everlastings, attaching a few sprigs to mid-winter presents, or simply enjoying the feast of soft colors and natural forms as I sit below, and sip tea on a winter day.

One way to dry Hydrangeas

cut hydrangeas

Despite my self-proclaimed garden ennui, I have been spending a little time in the past few weeks tidying up around my yard, trying to tame some of the wild late summer growth. As part of those efforts, I cut back some of my Hydrangea “Annabelle’. (This variety can take heavy pruning, or not – for more info look here.)

Rather than throw these cut stems out, or put them in water, I decided to try drying them.

I took an old copper planter, taped a grid  with floral tape to support the blooms. After stripping off the leaves, I dropped the stems in and stepped back, satistified, but uncertain of how they would look once dried.

Turns out, they look great, almost identical (see photo below). I’m not sure if this qualifies as a craft project, or a gardening project, but either way it was entirely satisfying.

Fresh cut hydrangeas, drying in the fireplace on the left. Three weeks later, fully dried, on the right.