The end of the summer brings new foliage, but I think its a shame to waste those last blooms in the garden. Dried flowers, foliage and herbs can be used again and again so its more than worth popping out with a pair of scissors for any last flowering plants before it gets too cold.
– To dry flowers at home they need to be hung loosely upside down, ideally in an airing cupboard. If they are not loose they will become smelly and become mouldy.
– Spraying them generously with hairspray will help preserve them.
– It can take a good few weeks for the flowers to be completely dry. Don’t be tempted to take them out until they are really brittle and crisp.
– Its best to dry flowers as soon as possible after being picked to help them keep their original colour. Remember this for bouquets before jetting off on honeymoon!
There are lots of ways to use the dried flowers again in weddings : Rose petals can be used for confetti for guests, they can be dried flat in an airing cupboard wrapped in a tea towel, the petals will easily fall away when dry. Lavender buds also make great confetti in pouches, or use to make lavender cotton favour bags or homemade soaps.
But I loved this simple idea of tying some stems together to create easy favours on table places. The colours give a beautiful autumnal feel, what do you think?