Learn how to dry flow­ers and plants and dis­play them to full ef­fect in your home

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You’ll need: A mixed se­lec­tion of dried fo­liage, vases and a block of flo­ral foam.

1 Choose low-main­te­nance va­ri­eties that will dry thor­oughly, such as pam­pas grass, cot­ton, wheat, eu­ca­lyp­tus, baby’s breath, twisted wil­low branches, tal­low berry, laven­der and sculp­tural twigs.

2 Ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent con­tain­ers and tex­tures. A straw tote or bas­ket filled with rice flow­ers, laven­der and bunny tail grass will lend a French provin­cial feel.

3 Dry your own blooms, se­lect­ing flow­ers that aren’t com­pletely open yet (they’ll con­tinue to open as they dry).

Cut off un­nec­es­sary fo­liage, use string to group flow­ers into small bun­dles or leave as in­di­vid­ual stems, then hang up­side down in a cool, dark, dry place.

4 In­sert flo­ral foam at the base of your vase. Evenly dis­trib­ute the tallest fo­liage first, then ar­range the larger dried leaves or flow­ers, trim­ming the stem lengths as you go to cre­ate a shape that you like. 5 Main­tain the fo­liage by keep­ing it out of di­rect sun­light, heat and forced air as this will fade the colours faster. Reg­u­lar, gen­tle clean­ing with a duster will en­sure the ar­range­ment looks well cared for.

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