DIY: Dried Flowers In A Jar
i am one of those girls who can and will be wooed by a fresh bouquet of flowers (no shame) so when i got a dozen bright pink roses from john last valentine’s day, i was giddy beyond words. however the elation soon turned into sadness and worry as the petals began to brown and turn crunchy.
so i scoured the web for the easiest way to preserve these special little things and ended up with this super simple DIY for flowers-in-a-jar. with just a few easy steps and materials i mostly already had, i got to save these roses not only to remind me of a fond little memory, but also to add a quaint bit of decor to my room.
after about 3 weeks of letting my flowers dry i got my materials ready. basically you only need a pair of scissors and your jar of choice — traditional mason jars probably the prettiest i can recommend, but i got this sweet alternative from daiso for just a few bucks.
i’ve found that people usually recommend spritzing the flowers with some hairspray to better preserve them, so i did that, too. however i couldn’t find a consensus on when exactly to do it, so i gave the roses the first spray about 2 weeks into the drying process.
EDIT: you may also want to check out these methods for properly drying out your flowers.
now you’ll want to cut up your flowers accordingly. i cut the rose stems a few different lengths to have some variation in the jar and also trimmed some of the little flowers to to fill up the spaces of the bottle.
oh and be sure to do all these over some sort of “disposable” working area to avoid leaving a huge mess!
for good measure you can give the flowers a final spritz of hairspray (mine was a cheap, generic one i had on hand) and let them dry a few minutes.
then start stuffing the flowers into the jar. there’s really no rhyme or reason to this; just make sure there are enough flowers + stems to fill up the spaces without looking too cramped.
and in my case, since my jar had a clear cover, i also had to make sure i liked the way it looked from the top. just fill it with those little flowers if it’s looking kind of sparse!
now close up your jar and decorate however way you want. i had some twine lying around so i just wrapped it in a simple bow, but really you can use any other ribbon or craft material to spruce things up. you can even leave it out completely since the flowers are quite decorative enough.
et voilà! my simple dried flowers in a jar DIY, done in just a few minutes and with very little effort. pretty, no? (:
incidentally, the scissors and twine i used are also from daiso. i am obsessed with that place!