Touching on flower lore and crafting techniques, you can create elegant flower crafts. Fresh cut flowers add beauty and natural color to any room—but as their loveliness fades, flower crafts pick up where a wilting bouquet leaves off. Working with flowers and other plants is a centuries-old pastime for creating gifts, attractions for the home, and practical items derived from your very own garden.

The Language of Flowers

Flowers and various plants have a traditional language of their own;rosemary for remembrance, daisies for innocence, and lilacs for first love are some pleasing associations. It may be worthwhile to keep such meanings in mind when selecting certain flowers to craft with. The crafts you can potentially create with flowers are many and varied. From rose-petal hand-made papers, to pure peppermint oil in a pressed flower bottle—you can find a flower craft ideal to make.

Preserving Flowers

Depending on the craft you choose, the flowers may require drying. Hanging flower bunches to air dry upside down is as romantic a decorating effect as it is a useful means to preserve flowers. If you are planning to create an arrangement for a vase, it may be helpful to preserve your flowers while they are still in optimum health by wiring them. They are easier to wire before they dry out. You can then place your bouquet in a water-glycerin mixture for preserving effects.

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