DECORATING DIY: DRIED FOLIAGE
Learn how to dry flowers and plants and display them to full effect in your home
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.