Are you ready to start growing, gathering, and creating with dried flowers? Here in Australia, our ‘second spring’ is fast approaching! You may have plenty of summer flowers ready to create with or you may be ready to start sowing new seed varieties after this heat wave is over. Either way, here are a few quick tips on how to get started!
~ Pick out several seed varieties! No matter what you want to make, it is nice to have a variety, so pick more than one type of flower. Choose different sizes and textures, focal flowers and supporting material as well! My current favourites are ‘Love in a Mist’ and ‘Honesty.’
~ Keep an eye out for possible wreath bases – have a look around your property for bendable branches or vines – maybe there is a jasmine, wisteria, honeysuckle or grape vine that needs to be cut back? Trim and weave into a circle while the material is fresh, and then leave it to dry and harden.
~ Natural, biodegradable, pure jute twine is my favourite material to use because it is so strong, yet soft on your hands and very easy to work with. It is easy to grip and tie new lengths together, and I love that it can go straight in the compost as well.
~ Find a place in your home to start drying! This can be as simple as two little nails in a wall with a length of twine connecting them; bunches can be tied up along the line, creating a wall of flowers. Gather bunches, strip at least half of the foliage down, secure with rubber bands, and tie them up with twine! Try to find an area of your home with good air circulation.
~ Start creating! I always find it easy to start small. Create little arrangements and posies... Or get started on an everlasting wreath! The basis for this process, using twine, is to wrap material, bit-by-bit, along your base. Remember that you can add just a small amount of material, even just a posy or two, and let the base shine.
~ I am here for you! I will be sowing an obscene amount of seeds this autumn and I hope you will join me! Remember that my Wreath Makers Kit is available online – and watch this space for a new, unique kit arriving in March – for those of you that are excited for some new autumn wreath-making ideas! I'd love to know... what stage are you at... thinking about it, growing flowers for drying, hanging bunches, or creating? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you so much for being here!