With the Christmas season quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to craft simple, quick projects which will add to your holiday décor. This tutorial from the Nourishing and Dissertating blog uses dried flowers to create beautiful holiday ornaments. Hopefully you dried flowers after some big events in your life, like a few from your bridal bouquet or perhaps your high school dance corsages. This project is perfect to preserve those treasured moments, without the mess that can come from dried flowers.
For this project, you will need:
Clear ball ornament: Glass or plastic
The first step is to make sure your flowers are completely dry. The best method is to hang them upside down for at least two weeks, making sure all the moisture is released. Hang your flowers in a window that gets lots of light. The sunlight and heat will help preserve your flower shape and color, but none of the moisture. Moisture left may lead to mold or mildew inside your ornament.
In their tutorial, Nourishing and Dissertating used plastic ornament balls, found at most craft stores; to create their Dried Flower Christmas Ornaments. The plastic ornaments often come in two parts and snap together to create the ball shape. This type of ornament allows you to easily fill them while preserving the shape of the flowers you are using.
A word of caution: Be careful packing your creation at the end of the season if you opt for this type of ornament. As easily as they snaps together, they can also unsnap during the 11 months of storage and create a big mess of crushed, dried flowers. Try using some super glue when you snap them close and carefully put them in a box.
Another, studier option is to buy clear glass balls. While they provide a studier encasement, glass balls have a narrow opening that do not allow you to preserve whole, large flowers in the ball. Small rosettes, flowers, and petals are ideal for this style. Unlike the plastic ones, once you replace the hanger, you should have no risk of the ornament opening or the flowers spilling out. Clear, glass ornaments are also available at most craft stores.
Finish off your creation with a holiday ribbon or recycle a piece from your big day. Most corsages have ribbons and almost every wedding using ribbon in some fashion. Just another way to preserve your shining moment.
Check back soon for more quick, simple DIY ornaments coming soon! Happy crafting!