5 creative things to do with an old bouquet

5 Creative Things You Can Do with an Old Bouquet

Flowers can be a bright addition to any space, but they won’t last forever. No matter how well you care for your flowers to prolong their life, their beauty will fade. 

But, you don’t have to watch your flowers wither away. When it comes time to replace your bouquet, there are a few ways that you can use them to preserve their beauty and/or their lovely fragrance. 

Here are 5 things that you can do with an old bouquet instead of throwing it away.

Press the flowers

Pressing flowers is a time-honored craft that allows you to preserve the blooms for years. Once pressed, you can use the flowers in nearly endless ways. Tape them in a journal as a keepsake. Decorate greeting cards. Arrange them in a picture frame as a decoration. Use them to decorate candles. Don’t be afraid to get creative! 

Pressing flowers is simple. 

  1. Open a heavy book and line it with parchment paper.
  2. Carefully place your chosen flowers inside.
  3. Close the book and weigh it down with additional books or other heavy things.
  4. Wait 10 – 15 days. 

This will leave you with beautifully pressed flowers that will remain preserved for some time.

Make Potpourri

Potpourri is a delight to the eyes and the nose. A classic decoration, a bowl of potpourri can brighten the room just as much as a bouquet, and it has the added benefit that its beauty won’t fade. It also gives off a lovely scent that will make any room feel more cosy. 

Making potpourri might be simpler than you think. 

  1. Gather your flower blooms and petals.
  2. Pick out additional ingredients to add to the scent and style of the potpourri. These can be orange peels, cloves, cinnamon, sage, and any other natural additions that you think will look and smell nice. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
  3. Lay the ingredients out on a baking tray, and let them dry for 2 weeks.
  4. After two weeks, place the ingredients in an airtight container.
  5. If you’d like to add additional scent to your potpourri, you can use essential oils or another fragrance and mix it in the airtight container with the potpourri ingredients.
  6. Seal the container and leave it for 6 weeks.
  7. Open, display, and enjoy! 

Potpourri also makes a fantastic, thoughtful gift, and your giftee will never guess how easy it was for you to make.

Make rose water face mist

Rose water face mist can offer refreshing relief, especially during humid Saigon days, and many claim that it reduces redness and inflammation. This makes it a staple in many-a toiletry cabinet. Now, you can make your own as well. 

After you’ve gathered 7 rose buds, you can start the process. 

  1. Remove the petals from the roses.
  2. Submerge the petals in a large pot of water. Use only enough water to cover the petals. If there’s too much water, then your rose water will not be as effective.
  3. Bring the water to a simmer, cover, and let sit until the petals have lost their color (about 15 minutes).
  4. Strain out the rose petals, and let the water cool.
  5. Place the water in an empty spritz bottle, and enjoy! 

These also make for excellent gifts, so if you find yourself with quite a few roses around the house, don’t be afraid to make a large batch.

Make a wreath with dried flowers

A wreath offers a lovely home decoration any time of the year. Living in the city, you might find that you miss more natural elements in your home. A dried flower wreath can help fill that void. There are many ways to weave a wreath, and it may take a little bit of practice before you can do it well. Don’t get discouraged; after a few tries, you should be able to weave a beautiful dried flower wreath. 

  1. Dry your flowers by removing the leaves, tying them together, and hanging them upside down for 3 – 7 days in a dark and dry room.
  2. Gather other dried elements, like twigs with leaves, grass, and more. You can often find these elements at an online store, in a craft shop, or at a florist.
  3. Bundle the dried elements and flowers into 3 – 5 bundles. Use bind wire to tie the bundles together.
  4. Arrange the bundles into the shape of your wreath.
  5. Take a grapevine base and add some wispy twigs to add some texture.
  6. Attach the bundles to the grapevine base in roughly the same way as you arranged them. Use bind wire to attach.
  7. Fill in any empty spaces with other dried elements, ribbon, or whatever you think would look nice.

 Creating a beautiful wreath is a matter of taking the time to practice and develop an eye for what looks good. If you’re unhappy with the way your first wreath turns out, keep trying. You’ll be a wreath expert in no time.

Make flower petal soap

Soap doesn’t just have to be an essential part of your hygiene; it can also be a beautiful bathroom decoration. Your old bouquets can help turn your hand soap into a bathroom decoration highlight.

 You can use any type of flower for this project, and it requires no floral preparation. Just a little creativity from you.

 The process is easy.

 Place soap base into a bowl and microwave until completely melted (about 30 seconds).

  1. Add a fragrance (essential oils can work well here).
  2. Take soap molds and place one or two flowers or flower petals in the bottom.
  3. Pour a layer of melted soap base.
  4. Let dry for 20 minutes.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the soap mold is filled.
  6. Wait for the soap to completely harden and remove from the mold. 

This can be a great project to try on your own or even with the kids. 

Just because your flowers have wilted doesn’t mean that you have to be done enjoying them. We love recycling here at Enjoya, and we encourage our customers to recycle every aspect of the bouquet, from the recycled paper holder it arrives in to the very flowers themselves.

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