If you're the sentimental type, drying your bouquet is one way to keep a sliver of your wedding day after it's passed. Instead of just hanging it upside down, I'll show you how to take your bouquet and create a modern wall piece. Set in a floating frame, you can hang the petals of your bouquet where you can see them everyday. Keep in mind, this is not a project you can take on if you are leaving for a honeymoon right after your nuptials. It is best to do this the day after your wedding for the best results. You can also do this with any bouquet any time!
Want to be able to wear your bouquet? You can use Impressed by Nature's flower pressing kit and then ship it over to them and they'll turn your petals into jewelry!
What you'll need: bouquet, white copy paper, floating frame, several heavy books, scissors, craft glue, tweezers (optional)
Step 1: Get your bouquet into water ASAP. After your ceremony and pictures make sure your bouquet is immediately put into water so your blooms stay in tact.
Step 2: The next day while you're recovering from your reception begin to take apart the bouquet. Select petals and leaves you'd like to dry. Single petals are easiest to dry, while whole thick flower heads are harder. Make sure the flowers heads and petals you select are dry. Cut the the step off of any flower heads you wish to dry, close to the base.
Step 3: Carefully take apart your flower heads and lay them out on sheets of white copy paper. Make sure petals or flower heads are not touching or else they will stick together when they dry. I selected both individual petals and a few flower heads to dry. It's good to dry as many as possible so you have options to choose from if some don't dry as nice as others.
Step 4: Layer the sheets in the back of the heavy books. Make sure to place a sheet on top of the petals as well as underneath. The white paper will keep the flowers from sticking to the book pages or leaving any color on the pages. Add a bookmark so you can easily locate what books you've hidden your drying flower petals in!
Step 5: Pile other heavy books on top of the books you've hidden your petals inside to help press them keeping the weight evenly distributed. Then be patient...and leave them be for one month to dry. No peeking!
One month later:
Step 6: Prepare your materials! Uncover your dried petals, flower heads, and leaves. Open up the floating frame, clean it of any dust, and wipe it dry.
Step 7: Take one pane of glass out of the two panes in the floating frame and start playing around with arranging your dried flowers. Tweezers can be helpful to pick up and move the delicate petals and flowers if you find using your hands to be difficult.
Step 8: Once you've found an arrangement you like, then start taking one petal or flower head at a time, add a tiny bit of craft glue and place it back on the glass. The glue will keep the light petals from moving or falling out of place. Walk away for awhile and let the glue dry.
Step 9: Gently place the second pane of glass onto the pane with the petals and then gently place the glass back into the floating frame and secure it.
Now hang your lovely floating petal work of art wherever you like!