Giving cut flowers a second life

A bouquet is beautiful and fresh, but its beauty is ephemeral. After a few days, the buds lose their elasticity, the leaves wither, and the petals darken and curl. People usually discard flowers once they notice the bouquet has lost its initial charm
A bouquet is beautiful and fresh, but its beauty is ephemeral. After a few days, the buds lose their elasticity, the leaves wither, and the petals darken and curl. People usually discard flowers once they notice the bouquet has lost its initial charm.

The blooming period of cut flowers may be fleeting, but that doesn't mean they can't be used again a second. There are numerous ways to repurpose them, such as creating stunning arrangements of dried flowers or crafting fragrant sachets for your linen closet. By reusing flowers, not only can you prolong your enjoyment of them, but reduces the amount of waste.
Leave it as it is
The easiest but not obvious way to use flowers is to leave a dry bouquet in a vase without water. The advantages of dried flowers are that they can stand for a very long time without any additional care. If you notice that the flowers are fading, just take out those stems you don't like any more, adjust the length of the remaining flowers and put them in a dry vase again. You can put the bouquet of dried flowers in your bathroom, in the bedroom or decorate the dining table with them.
Make an aromatic mix
A mixture of dried spices and flowers, commonly known as potpourri, will enhance your home decor and fill the space with a pleasant aroma. Mix flower petals with your favorite spices and essential oils. Use rosemary and dried lavender in summer and cinnamon, and cardamom and eucalyptus in winter. Mix them all, pour it into your favorite bowl, and be sure to put it in a prominent place!
Make an aromatic mix
A mixture of dried spices and flowers, commonly known as potpourri, will enhance your home decor and fill the space with a pleasant aroma. Mix flower petals with your favorite spices and essential oils. Use rosemary and dried lavender in summer and cinnamon, and cardamom and eucalyptus in winter. Mix them all, pour it into your favorite bowl, and be sure to put it in a prominent place!
Take dried flowers into the bathroom
It is impossible to imagine a bouquet of fresh flowers in a damp, dark bathroom for a long time. However, dried flowers are great in such a space: the evaporating moisture reveals the scent of dried flowers, filling the bathroom with a bright fragrance.

Make a bouquet of dried eucalyptus and hang it near the shower counter. Water doesn't even have to get on the leaves: the minty and herbaceous scent will fill the bathroom and remind you of itself with a soft, spicy trail for a long time to come.
Take a bath with a mixture of dried herbs and flowers to create a calming ambiance while nourishing your body. Chamomile and lavender flowers calm down the nervous system, rose has an antibacterial effect, and melissa will help prepare you for sleep.

You can also add oatmeal to the herbs to soften the skin. Oatmeal gets sticky when wet, which helps it cover the skin and retain moisture. Studies show that a bath with oatmeal can reduce flaking and dryness, soothing severely itchy skin with eczema.

Use a gauze bag for the flowers, add your favorite plants, light candles and play your favorite music - enjoy an aromatic bath and don't not think about anything else. By the way, if you have bath salts, you can add dried buds to it to diversify the routine as well.

Herbarium
Make a picture of dried flowers. Place buds and petals between sheets of paper and press them under a stack of books or in a hardback book for about two weeks.

Once the flowers are dry, use cardboard as a background for your floral collage. For a larger piece of work, consider using a painting canvas. Let your imagination run wild as you combine different flowers, arrange them in unique shapes, and create intricate designs.
Herbarium
Make a picture of dried flowers. Place buds and petals between sheets of paper and press them under a stack of books or in a hardback book for about two weeks.

Once the flowers are dry, use cardboard as a background for your floral collage. For a larger piece of work, consider using a painting canvas. Let your imagination run wild as you combine different flowers, arrange them in unique shapes, and create intricate designs.
Help the environment
If you grow plants on your balcony, use wilted flowers as compost. We recommend using this option only if you are an expert gardener, since there are many nuances to this process. For example, it is not suitable to mix fresh and withered flowers together when composting, and you should not use thorny stems or diseased buds. In addition, if you are unsure about the sustainability of your bouquet ( and it is not easy to find one at a regular flower shop), you'd better leave this idea.
Flowers are a multi-purpose tool for many purposes. Next time you get a bouquet as a gift or buy one for your dinner table, consider the potential of flowers, which unfolds more and more as they fade.
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