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Dried flower compositions

Dried flower compositions


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Drying techniques


The floral compositions are certainly beautiful and elegant, but to obtain excellent results it will be necessary to implement the most suitable techniques. The first thing to do is to collect the flowers, which must take place during the summer season. As for the species to be preferred, we find the acanthus, the daisy, the fern, the wisteria and the classic rose in all its varieties. Depending on the species of the flower, this can be dried in different ways. All mosses and lavender should be placed at regular intervals between them on a plywood or rigid board; roses instead give better results with drying in the open air: they must be placed in a bright and ventilated room, taking care that they are not adjacent to heat sources. After about a week the flowers will be tied upside down and sprayed with hairspray. If the flowers are provided with berries and sprouts, especially on the top, they will be dried by placing them in the individual holes of a metal or plastic grid, available at any gardening or DIY store. The pressing technique is useful especially if you want to make glass compositions, frames or paintings; you can use very heavy and voluminous books under which to place the flowers or a special press. If you are dealing with flowers with strong colors, such as mimosas or wisterias, to ensure that they do not become dehydrated and consequently lose their color, it will be good to use vertical drying, placing them with well-spaced stems between them in a jar filled with warm water. To have the flowers immediately available, it is possible to use faster methods and additives. To proceed, you must pour some dessicant into a metal box and place the flowers on the layer. Above these will be added sand (only if they are rather robust and rustic) or glycerine, particularly suitable for treating leaves and small shrubs. The box should then be placed in a dark and dry room, so that the flowers rest for at least three or four weeks, depending on the effect you want to achieve. After this time, both leaves and flowers should be laid on newspaper or a cotton cloth because they dry to perfection. After the flowers are dried, they will be cooked; it will therefore be necessary to place the greaseproof paper on a baking sheet and spread them on it, keeping them at an adequate distance from each other to prevent them from sticking. Above these you will have to place another sheet of baking paper. The cooking time is five to six minutes at minimum temperature, after which everything must be left to cool completely. At this point, it will be necessary to spray them once again with the hairspray on both sides.

Necessary material



First of all it is necessary to bear in mind that flower compositions buckets have the great advantage of lasting over time and being very decorative. The flowers can either be purchased in specialized shops in the sector or hand-processed with the appropriate techniques explained in the introduction. They are very suitable for creating centerpieces, bowls, frames, paintings and garlands, but also for embellishing furnishing accessories such as furnishings or furniture inserts, such as glass panes for glass or cupboards. For a more romantic effect, you can think of including in the floral composition even dried fruit, ears of corn or berries, depending on your imagination and your personal taste. To obtain an effective composition, you must be provided with the appropriate material, which can be purchased in DIY stores or gardening stores; the basic equipment includes a synthetic sponge, scissors and pliers of various sizes, metal or plastic nets and additional decorative elements such as ribbons, golden threads, fabrics and tulle. Even if all this material is not too expensive, it is good to rely on specialized dealers, without working with recycled or unsuitable material.

One of the most beautiful and decorative compositions of dried flowers is the one called "ad alberello". To make it, you simply need to get a wicker basket and lay on its bottom a natural sponge or moss wrapped in a thin wire mesh. The composition begins with the trunk of the tree, obtained with a straight branch positioned in the center. On the top of the branch, a sort of base canopy should be built with a sponge, to which decorative elements will then be added, such as rosebuds, geranium and hydrangea, further embellished with berries and seeds of various shapes. Another very interesting type of composition is the one that involves the use of basic glass elements; it is particularly suited to furnishing with antique antiques. The most suitable flowers are roses, daisies and helichrysum. Also in this case the sponge will be placed on the bottom and the various elements will then be inserted in a harmonious way. A particular idea is to create some pretty and very refined nineteenth-century style bouquets, which can be placed either in vases or simply held together with a ribbon, preferably in satin. The most indicated varieties are romantic and classic flowers such as pink roses, acrinium and helipterum, but also the orchid, poppies and tulips. The bouquet can then be further enriched with various herbs and berries, and surrounded by a base of tulle or crepe paper.