Every woman loves to receive flowers. Whether it’s from her special someone or even picked from the yard by her children, flowers are a truly thoughtful gift that she will remember for a lifetime. The question then comes as to what to do with the flower when they die. Keeping old flowers around is never a good thing unless they are serving a purpose. If you are searching for a way to preserve the memories of your flowers, read on. Below are 12 things that you can do with old flowers.
- Preserve flowers by pressing. Place at least one of the flowers in an old book and leave it. This will “press” the flower and allow it to become a keepsake. After quite some time, you may be able to sue the old flower as a bookmark.
- Scrapbooking. Once you have preserved the flower, use it in your scrapbooking. Create a page that represents why you received the flowers. Include pictures and the old flowers and allow them to be a memory that lasts a lifetime.
- Framing. Old flowers that have been preserved can be framed like artificial flowers. Glue the preserved flowers onto a beautiful piece of fabric and place it in a frame. Hang it in a special place that will always serve as a reminder.
- Take photos of them. Capture the flowers by taking photos of them when you receive them and before you dispose of them. This will give you opportunity to have a keepsake without actually keeping the flower around. You may even create a photo book of the many flowers that you have received from your spouse or you children over the years.
- Composting. Add the old flowers to a compost so that they can become a nutritional part of soil. Use the compost when planting season comes. Old flowers make the perfect addition to the compost bin in your yard.
- Make potpourri. Once you have dried the flowers, combine them with a jar of fragrant oil. Allow them to soak up the oil and place them on a sheet of wax paper to dry. Once the mixture is dry, you will have wonder smelling potpourri.
- Make candles. Choose to add the dried flowers to candle wax when making your own candles. This will give your candles a new and interesting look and will also be very sentimental for you. Use the candles as decoration in your home instead of burning them. You can even give them as gifts to the people who mean the most to you. This is without a doubt one of the unique uses of old flowers. Will you give it a try?
- Use them to keep your other plants healthier. Place old flower parts in the soil of your houseplants. They will break down and provide nutrition that will help your house plants stay healthier.
- Hang dry them and use them as decorating in baskets. In addition to pressing the flowers, there is a technique known as hang drying that can help preserve your flowers. Once you have successfully dried the flowers, use them as decoration in baskets around your home.
- Make a wreath. Take the old dried flower and incorporate them in a wreath for your front door. You can find all of the supplies that you need to make the perfect wreath at your local craft store. Use the ribbon that came with your flowers as a decoration in the wreath too. The wreath is sure to become one of your all time favorite.
- Decorate the edges of a picture frame. Use the dried flowers to help decorate your own photo frames.
- Add to your bath water for a touch of romance. Light candles and have a romantic bath for two sprinkled with the petals from your old flowers.
Once the beauty has left your flowers, finding a creative way to reuse them will help you to create lasting memories. How will you choose to use those Valentine’s flower you received? Use a combination of the tips above to get the most from each and every flower that you receive.