Dried flowers have taken over social media, am I right? They become the new go-to bridal bouquet, a boho-chic home décor solution and a must-have photo prop.

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But why do we love this dried variety even more than the fresh, blooming kind? Well, simply put, dry is the new, fresh! These flowers last so much longer – up to five years if you take care of them. This makes them an economical and environmentally-friendly alternative.

They are also low maintenance, making them perfect for those who don’t have green thumbs. My favourite thing about them is just how gorgeous and versatile they are, and they come in so many different colours and textures that there really is something for everyone.

Despite what you might think, dry doesn’t have to mean dull. These flowers can add a little shine to a space with shades of cream and white, or you can go bright with pretty pinks, yellows and greens. They can be used as table settings for a romantic dinner or be the perfect, affordable birthday spoil.

So grab a glass of your favourite Shine Club Wine and get ready to create a dried flower bouquet for someone special!

What You’ll Need

  • 2 stems of pampas grass
  • 10 bunny tails
  • Grey slangbos
  • Dried wild grass
  • 5 billy button stems
  • Tissue paper
  • String or ribbon
  • Gift tag

How to Assemble Your Bouquet

Step 1: The Pampas Grass

The dry flower bouquet must-have, this looks stunning by itself in a vase. To make this bouquet I used two different colours at varying heights to create depth and drama in an otherwise neutral palette.

Step 2: The Bunny Tails

The cutest amongst the dried flowers, these come in all sorts of colours and look adorable on their own or in a bouquet. I arranged them lower down in the bouquet to compliment the wild grass.

Step 3: Wild Grass

These beauties came straight out of my garden. I dried them and arranged their fluffy stems low to offset the feathery pampas grass.

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Step 4: Grey Slangbos

I love these grey stems that resemble balls of cotton. I placed this in front of the black pampas when arranging the bouquet.

Step 5: Billy Button Stems

A touch of yellow to add an element of fun. I placed these lower down in the bouquet.

Step 6: Wrap it Up

Use some tissue paper and some string to wrap up this gorgeous gift. Add a little handwritten note and you’ll be ready to make someone feel really spoilt on their birthday!

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How to Make Your Own Dried Flowers

I used this method with small branches of leaves and some pretty wild grass that grows in my garden.

  1. Tie a piece of string to the stems of your choice of flower.
  2. Hang them upside down for two to three weeks until they are completely dry.
  3. Store in a warm, dry place away from direct sunlight and water.

How to Look After Dried Flowers

  • Keep dried flowers away from water. It will make them go mouldy.
  • To clean, give them a blast with your hairdryer on a low setting.
  • Keep them out of direct sunlight. They will fade a little over time, but this is part of their charm.
  • Use a little hairspray to keep them from shedding, but not too close to the flowers. Hang them upside down until the hairspray is completely dry.
Use a little hairspray to keep them from shedding, but not too close to the flowers. Hang them upside down until the hairspray is completely dry.

There you have it, a gorgeous, inexpensive gift for a friend (or yourself!). Enjoy!