In the months that we’ve all been staying at home, many of us have found creative ways to have a richer experience at home. We’ve seen all sorts of trends—from baked goods to cultivating our own. But from all of these, one uncomplicated and affordable way began to catch everyone’s attention—dried flowers!
Sarah Yu, owner of dried flowers business Pretty Withered, said that while she loved fresh flowers, she found them too impractical and expensive to sustain at home. With dried flowers, on the other hand, she says that “you don’t have to worry too much. You can enjoy them for a long span of time so it’s a very good investment.” (Read: 5 Celebrities Who Are Now a Certified Plant Tito or Plant Tita)
Are you thinking of decorating your home with dried flowers? Here are some tips you should remember!
#1: Go easy on your first blooms.
While dried flowers require zero maintenance, it is best to buy ones that you can mix with other colors easily. Opt for dried roses, statice, or lavender. If you’re unsure, ask your local florist for some suggestions. Mix two types of flowers at a time and work out a color palette to keep the arrangement easy on the eyes.
#2: Give them *very minimal* sun exposure.
While dried flowers do not require sunlight, it is best to give them minimal sun exposure to retain their color. However, direct sunlight will make them fade faster. Keep them away from forced air heat because this can make them become brittle. (Read: Fruits and Vegetables You Can Re-Grow From Leftovers)
#3: Be gentle.
Dried flowers are basically dead plants so they are fragile and can become more fragile over time. If you see some fall out from grasses or petals from your blooms, don’t despair. You may still collect them. For example, if your lavender has a fallout, collect it in a little pouch and enjoy the calming burst of scent. Lightly dust them, too—hold the back with one hand and dust the front to support fragile stems.