How to Wrap Dried Flowers
Dried flowers make a wonderful gift, there’s a certain personalised touch to receiving a gorgeous bouquet of dried florals. They make a fantastic housewarming offering, a lovely occasional present or simply as a thoughtful gesture. Perhaps you’ve pieced together your own bouquet and are looking to gift it to somebody special, but are looking for ways to make them presentable. It turns out there’s more than one way to bundle your dried bunches and to make them even more attractive! Read on to discover our guide for how to wrap dried flowers.
Firstly, make sure your florals are ready for wrapping. So you’ve dried them, great! Next is to protect them. Whilst by nature dried bouquets are fragile there are certain measures that can be taken to bolster their rigidity and therefore lifespan. We think the easiest method to give them the protection they deserve is to use an odourless hairspray to evenly coat them, this method increases their solidity remarkably.
There are two other means to protect delicate petals and stems; glycerin coating or a wax coating. There isn’t one true better solution, it’s more of a preference choice. Both involve submerging the flowers into a solution, so ensure you have a bucket and the right protective clothing. The upside to doing either of the coating methods is that it will exponentially increase the lifespan of your blooms, upwards of 3 years if looked after. These coatings are sometimes preferred for small petals and pressed flower displays as the size of these by nature make them easier to handle.
How to wrap dried flowers – simple tie wraps
Sometimes simplicity is best, and this method very much speaks to that. For those looking to present their artisan dried flowers or autumnal themed bundles; string or gardeners’ twine may serve your style best. Read on to get the technique.
- If opting for simple household string, gardeners’ twine or anything of this type you’ll need roughly 50cms length of your chosen tie.
- Use a small elastic band to bind the stems together about halfway down from where the base of the flowers stop. The same bands found that tie spring onions together work very nicely.
- Then with your chosen tie begin at the bottom of where you’d like your tie to start and wind upwards carefully, in a steady motion only one layer is needed.
- When reaching the point you prefer the wrap to end at begin winding down over the layer you’ve bound, reach the middle of your wrap.
- Tie – we think a traditional bow works best.
How to wrap dried flowers – craft paper
This is another idea that’s essentially repurposed from the florist industry but there’s a reason why it’s so popular, because it’s wonderfully effective – use craft paper. You know the type brown parcel looking paper, that’s slightly coated on one side so that it shows off a slight sheen if held to sunlight. All good craft shops should stock it, or dried flower suppliers. The sheen side is integrally a little stronger and will stand up to the coarse stems.
- If you’ve any experience making a burrito this really isn’t too dissimilar! Cut a rectangle piece of the paper and lay your bouquet centre but clearing the bottom nicely with the bouquet itself mostly clearing the top of the paper, leaving a strip below. Using an elastic band for the stems is a personal preference (tighter vs looser bouquet)
- Fold the bottom strip upward so that it covers 20% of the bundle
- Then fold carefully from right to left
- Repeat from left to right, wrapping as tightly or as loosely as you think suits the style of the bouquet
- To keep in place some people may prefer a dab of glue, however we think a tie of ribbon, twine or terry cloth all work splendidly
How to wrap dried flowers – jute fabric
As rustic as it is convenient using jute fabric is a fabulous option for artisan dried flowers or just about any type of floral for that matter. Jute is an organic fibre that’s seen in a variety of uses; baskets, sacks, food packaging and various dry goods. Its old-world appeal lends itself especially nicely to vintage feeling bouquets.
- Not unlike the paper wrap there’s a few ways to wrap using jute fabric. Follow the above paper example for the burrito method, or below for a loose wrap.
- Buy jute from an arts and crafts supplier and cut a wide band of jute fabric, so that it will cover your stems with a little left over
- Place the flowers at one of the ends of the fabric, and (gently) roll up in the fabric making sure to leave relatively loosely
- Once rolled furl upwards the bottom of the fabric. The idea being it will be able to support itself like a unstructured flower pot.
- Use a cut of ribbon, terry cloth or twine to tie together, keeping it on the looser side, this method won’t work as effectively with tall dried flowers, so use with your shorter stem bouquets.
How to wrap dried flowers – thick card wrap
Lastly, we come to a nice and easy alternative to the paper wrap – card! This is a great option as it looks just as lovely as paper but has added benefits to how it can be displayed at home. With thicker craft card, (brown is our preference but go with your tastes), it can also serve as a sturdy nook for displaying flowers stylishly laid on their side, as pictured. Here’s how to achieve this:
- Source some thick craft card, to be found at any good arts and crafts supplier.
- Cut a large segment of card that resembles a wide pizza slice wedge, about 80cms at their widest end for larger bunches, then use a craft knife or the edge of sharp kitchen scissors
- Tie a small elastic band wrapped around the lower end of your stems
- Wrap the card from the bottom in a rolling motion (gently) so that it clinches the bottom of the bouquet more tightly than the top.
- Use a twine or string to tie half way up the conical shaped wrap, and voila! Simple and stylish!
These are just four ways how to wrap dried flowers, there are other more delicate and intricate ways to go about the process, but we have found these to be the most presentable and simple. If you have an interest in dried flowers you may find our other pages of interest:
- How to dry flowers
- How to make dried flower arrangements
- How to store dried flowers
- & more