Dried-Flower Decor

Don't resign yourself to the monotone of winter. Savor the colors of the summer garden with arrangements made of dried flowers and greenery.

Don't resign yourself to the monotone of winter. Savor the colors of the summer garden with arrangements made of dried flowers and greenery. Crafts shops and floral supply stores stock an array of materials from which to choose.

Miniature Garden

A tiny garden sprouts from a craftsstore display box. To make it, glue florist's foam into each compartment, then push flowers into the foam with tweezers. The flowers used in this arrangement include: (top row) zinnia, yarrow, artemisia, and statice; (middle row) petticoat lace, statice, globe amaranth, and ammobium;(bottom row) globe amaranth, German statice, pansy, and salvia.

Romantic Wreath

This tiny wreath of dried sweetheart roses and eucalyptus buds adds a fragrant, romantic touch wherever you dangle it. Hang it from a china cabinet or linen closet. Or, eliminate the ribbon and use the wreath to ring a candlestick. To make the wreath base, wrap several thicknesses of 18-gauge wire (sold at crafts stores) to form a circle roughly 3 inches in diameter. Using 22-gauge floral wire, attach rosebuds (about 2 dozen) and eucalyptus, overlapping the stems as you go. Finish by wiring on a small bow and a loop for hanging. The bow and loop are made of narrow satin ribbon.

Summer in a Jar

Partially fill a large lidded jar by placing a paper tube in the center. Drop in marigolds, yarrow, everlastings, statice, globe amaranth, and rosebuds, positioning the flowers with tweezers. If desired, tuck in scented paper and remove the lid or use a pierced lid to release the fragrance.

Arch of Everlastings

Wrap a mirror in the sun-drenched hues of dried everlastings. For the swag, form an arch from rolled chicken wire. Beginning at ends and overlapping stems, wire artemisia sprigs to cover the front. Insert sprigs of potentilla and blue salvia. Wire a small slab of floral foam to center. Cover with artemisia. Finish with everlastings, delphinium, statice, potentilla, and salvia.

Garden Tip
  • To keep arrangements looking their best, display them away from direct heat and sunlight, and seal with a spray designed to keep out dust.
Knots of Nosegays

This ginkgo-leaf swag creates a window on nature, even in the middle of January. To make a swag, start with a length of rattail ribbon 1-1/2 times the window width. Tie a slipknot at center, then overhand knots every 6 inches. End with slipknots for hanging. Make nosegays of dried flowers and a ginkgo leaf. Wrap stems with gold wire. Slip a bead onto wire and thread through each knot, curling ends.

Sweet-Grass Swag

A bouquet of sweet grass and flowers brightens a doorway. Wire together five 2-foot-long sweet-grass braids. Loop two braids back to the top and wire. Unbraid and fan out remaining braids. Wire flowers over the grass. Tie a ribbon bow over wires.

Garden Tip
  • To keep unprotected arrangements clean, gently dust them with the "canned air" used on computers.

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