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Making Crafts With Drying Flowers

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Drying flowers is a simple and inexpensive way to preserve these cherished moments. There are multiple ways to use your flowers and preserve them for crafts and decorations. Whether they were a gift, or from a special day they can be made into something to enjoy long after that time has passed.

One way to preserve flowers and use in crafts is by hanging them to dry. If you decide to preserve your flowers whole, and intact, you will need to decide this before they have fully bloomed. If a flower has opened up too much, when it is dried the petals will fall off. The brighter and more vivid the fresh flower is, the better color it will have as it dries. If you want more intense colors, be sure to start with that trait in the fresh flower. If the dried flower will be used with it’s stem, it would be best to wire the stem while the flower is still fresh. Then attach the flower, upside down, to a wire hanger and leave in a dark place for two to three weeks. If the dried flowers will be stored a while before use, cover them with a light material, such as tissue paper to keep the dust off.

After following drying instructions bouquets can be placed as a wall hanging next to the wedding photo, in a shadow box, or simply placed on a table or in a hutch. After flowers are dried they can also be put back in a vase and set on a table. If a single flower is preserved, perhaps to save on space, it can be laid over the wedding frame on in front of the wedding photo. Individually dried flowers can also be used when making a wreath. Flowers do not have to have special meaning, any flower that dries well can be used to make an arrangement. In addition to adding a variety of leaves, berries, ribbon or other embellishments, dried flowers look beautiful in a wreath. Sometimes less is more, if your wreath is not looking right, try lessening the amount of items in it.

Flowers can also be preserved by being pressed. This method is simple and can be used for things you want to keep forever, or for special cards or invitations. Pressed flowers are very versatile in their uses. When making wedding announcements a pressed flower of the wedding colors is a beautiful addition to the invitations. They can also be used to make cards or baby announcements. Another option for pressed flowers is to place them as a garden scene in an old window or frame. Glue them on a separate piece of glass, not part of the original frame, cut to the same size and then placed and secured to the frame. Any size can be attractive and used any where in a home, from a bathroom to bedroom. The flowers do not have to be the center of the picture, but can also be placed around a photo or poem on the mat. This is a wonderful way to incorporate the flowers to the event, but do it in a small, elegant way.

If you can find a way to preserve special memories they will bring joy for years. Although fresh flowers are beautiful, dried ones can be just as enjoyable. By finding various ways to use your flowers, you will be surrounded by your memories and remember those happy times when life might be more difficult.

Sending Fresh Cut Flowers Online

Friday, December 25th, 2009

What is the cheapest way to send flowers to someone over the internet? Ordering flowers online has quickly become the preference of choice over calling a florist. Online flower retailers offer fresh flowers cut from the farm and shipped in a box. The recipient will receive the flowers usually the next day if ordered by midday, usually 2 pm is the cutoff and the flowers will arrive in a box. You can send a vase to arrange the flowers in.

We recommend if you are going to send fresh cut flowers, there are several options available to you, some are riskier than others. Here is a list of options for fresh cut flowers that arrive in a box direct from the grower or flower farm:

Fresh cut Roses – Great option, fresh roses are easy to arrange, and usually arrive with greenery, they are in a box with flower preservative to add to the water, and an optional vase. Here is the key: roses are easy to arrange and look great in even a plain vase, and if they come fresh from the grower, they will last and last. They also come in beautiful colors, including red roses, yellow roses, white roses, cream colored roses, fire and ice roses (brilliant pink roses with white edges) and pink roses, light pink or dark pink. A popular idea for graduation is to order royal blue dyed roses, and again they are fresh, easy to arrange and they will last.

A Daisy Bouquet – This is also a very affordable option. Daisies are beautiful and they usually arrive in a big bunch in a box with a flower preservative to add to the water, and an optional vase. Daisies look great no matter how your display. Daisies are also very hearty plants, they will last for a long time. They also look great in any vase. What a customer is likely to see on floral ordering websites is the traditional white daisies. The other type of daisies are Gerbera or Gerber Daisies these come in vibrant colors and usually greenery. They are also hearty and long lasting.

Alstroemeria Bouquet – This is a beautiful and colorful flower. It is usually shipped in a large bouquet with complimentary greenery, optional vase and flower preservative to go into the water. Alstromeria is very affordable and is also used as a complimentary flower in large floral bouquets.

Try to send a bouquet of one type of flower (most popular ones listed above, you can be assured that these will all look good and will be long lasting). Be sure to order by 2 pm EST in order for next day delivery.

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