A comprehensive guide on making dried flowers: which flowers to choose, when to pick them, and the best methods for drying.


If you want to add a touch of timeless beauty to your home or garden, dried flowers are the perfect choice. Whether you want to create a stunning centerpiece for a special occasion or bring a touch of nature indoors, dried flowers can provide a unique and dramatic flair to any space. In this article, we will explore the process of making dried flowers, including what to pick, when to pick them, and how to dry them.

When it comes to picking flowers for drying, you have a wide range of options. From delicate white roses to bold and vibrant sunflowers, there is a flower for everyone’s taste. Some of the most popular choices include teasels, goldenrods, and willow amsonia. These flowers are known for their distinctive appearance and are perfect for adding a pop of color and texture to any arrangement.

The best time to pick flowers for drying is when they are at their peak of bloom. This is usually during the summer months when the flowers are in full glory. Look for flowers with petals that are fully open and vibrant in color. Avoid picking flowers that are still in bud or past their prime, as they will not dry as well.

To dry flowers, you can choose from several methods. One of the easiest ways is to hang them upside down in a cool, dark place. This allows the flowers to dry naturally and retain their shape and color. Another option is to use a drying agent, such as silica gel or borax, to speed up the drying process. These agents absorb moisture from the flowers, preserving their beauty.

Once your flowers are dry, you can use them in a variety of ways. They can be displayed in vases, made into wreaths, or used to create beautiful floral arrangements. Dried flowers also make lovely additions to potpourri, sachets, or homemade beauty products like bath salts and soaps. The uses for dried flowers are only limited by your imagination!

In conclusion, making dried flowers is a fun and creative way to preserve the beauty of nature. By picking the right flowers at the right time and using proper drying techniques, you can create stunning arrangements that will last for years to come. So why wait? Start experimenting with dried flowers today and bring a touch of natural elegance into your home or garden.

Viette’s Views

Dried flowers are a beautiful addition to any home or garden, and there are many different plants you can use to make them. One plant that Viette’s Views recommends for drying is the rosette willow. These plants have long, thin leaves and produce beautiful yellow flowers. They are perfect for adding a touch of color to dried flower arrangements.

Another plant that is great for drying is the chain of rosette willow. These plants have small, white flowers that are arranged in a chain-like pattern. The flowers are very attractive and will stay looking fresh for a long time when dried. The spotted teasels, with their distinctive cone shape, also make a dramatic addition to dried flower arrangements.

If you prefer a more rustic look, the pine bleached woolen teasels are a great choice. These teasels have a unique texture and can add a touch of natural beauty to any dried flower arrangement. They are typically found in shaded habitats and can grow to be quite tall.

When it comes to picking flowers for drying, Viette’s Views recommends picking them at their peak bloom. This is usually in the summer months and can vary depending on the plant. Make sure to pick flowers that are fully open and free from any signs of damage or wilting.

To dry flowers, Viette’s Views suggests hanging them upside down in a cool, dry place. This allows the flowers to dry slowly and helps them retain their shape and color. Once the flowers are fully dry, they can be used in a variety of ways. They can be displayed as-is, or used to make wreaths, potpourri, or even added to homemade candles.

If you are unsure of where to start when it comes to drying flowers, Viette’s Views has a helpful step-by-step guide on their website, leonieclaire.com. This guide includes a detailed description of the drying process, as well as tips and tricks for creating beautiful dried flower arrangements.

Overall, dried flowers are a great way to preserve the beauty of summer blooms for times when fresh flowers are not available. Everyone can enjoy the art of dried flower making, regardless of their gardening skills. So, pick some attractive flowers, follow Viette’s Views’ instructions, and get creative with your own dried flower arrangements!

Dried Flowers Uses When to Pick Plants Height
Rosette willow Adding color to arrangements Peak bloom in summer Rosette willow Usually smaller
Chain of rosette willow Attractive addition Peak bloom in summer Rosette willow Usually smaller
Spotted teasels Dramatic cone shape Peak bloom in summer Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) Tall
Pine bleached woolen teasels Natural rustic look Peak bloom in summer Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) Tall

Making Cool Critters from Dried Teasel Flowers

Dried teasel flowers offer a unique and intriguing material for making cool critters. Teasels are tall plants that can grow up to 6 feet in height, blooming freely in the summer and adding a touch of drama to any garden. The seed cones of teasels, which are golden and smaller in size, are a favorite for drying and using in various crafts.

To make these cool critters, you will need dried teasel flowers. The best time to pick them is when the flowers are fully blooming and the seeds have started to form. Teasels often self-seed, so you may find them growing freely in your garden. If you don’t have teasels in your own garden, you can also find them in the wild or purchase them from local flower distributors.

Once you have harvested the teasel flowers, you can start the drying process. To dry them, simply hang the flowers upside down in a cool, dry place. It’s best to hang them in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight. The drying process will take several weeks, but be patient, as the end result will be worth it.

When the teasel flowers are completely dry, they will have a bleached, golden color and a distinctive cone shape. These dried teasel flowers can now be used to create cool critters. You can use them as legs or bodies for various animal sculptures, or you can attach them to a base to create a unique centerpiece for your table.

One cool critter idea is to create a Thanksgiving-themed centerpiece using dried teasel flowers. Attach the dried teasels to a bunch of dried wheat stalks to create a rosette-like shape. Then, add some woolen threads for a cute touch. This centerpiece will be a great conversation starter and will add a touch of nature to your Thanksgiving table.

If you’re feeling creative, you can also make cool critters using dried teasel flowers and other dried plants. Combine different textures and colors to create your own unique critters. Let your imagination run wild and have fun experimenting with different combinations!

In conclusion, dried teasel flowers offer a unique and attractive material for making cool critters. The drying process may take some time, but the end result is worth it. Teasels can be found in many habitats and are often spotted in gardens. These dried flowers can be used to create various critters that will make everyone happy. Whether you use them for crafts or as a centerpiece, the cool critters made from dried teasel flowers are sure to be a hit!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and celebrating with friends and family. It is a time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for and to enjoy a delicious meal together. As we gather around the table, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature and the abundance it provides.

One of the things that I am grateful for is the opportunity to make dried flowers. Dried flowers add a touch of beauty and charm to any home, and they also make wonderful gifts. If you are wondering how to make dried flowers, then teasels are a great choice.

Teasels, also known as Dipsacus fullonum, are tall plants that bloom in the summer. They have big, sharp cone-shaped heads that are attractive to critters and provide shade for smaller plants. Teasels self-seed freely, so once you have a few plants in your garden, you will usually have a full bunch of teasels to pick from.

When it comes to picking teasels for drying, it is best to wait until they are fully blooming. This is usually in the late summer or early fall. Teasels grow to a height of about 3-6 feet, so you will need to have a pair of long-handled loppers or pruning shears to cut the teasels.

Once you have picked the teasels, you can dry them by hanging them upside down in a cool, dry place. A museum or a cool room with good airflow is ideal. You can tie a bunch of teasels together with a piece of woolen string and hang them from a hook or a clothesline. The drying process will usually take a few weeks, depending on the humidity levels in your area.

After the teasels are fully dry, you can use them for various Thanksgiving decorations. They can be arranged in a vase for a simple and elegant centerpiece, or they can be made into wreaths or garlands. Teasels also make lovely additions to dried flower arrangements, adding texture and interest.

Teasels are not only beautiful, but they also have practical uses. The sharp cones of the teasels have historically been used to raise the nap on woolen cloth, making it softer and fluffier. You can try this technique on a small piece of fabric to see the results for yourself.

So, this Thanksgiving, take a moment to appreciate the beauty and usefulness of teasels. They are a wonderful addition to any garden and can be enjoyed throughout the year in their dried form. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.