Winter florals

Dried flowers have ditched their old-fashioned image. Create an everlasting arrangement that will cheer up the dreary winter months.

You will need:

Flowers and foliage for drying
String
Secateurs
Flower frog
Vase

1. Drying flowers can be an experimental process, as not all flowers are alike and therefore don’t dry alike either. Hanging bunches in a space without direct sunlight and with good air flow works best. You have to be patient while they’re drying! Drying is a beautiful process because you are often surprised by the outcome – sometimes the shape or the colour of the flower changes completely. It can also be helpful to get old books out of the library on floristry, as there are often some great tips in these forgotten, dusty old tomes.

2. Once dried, flowers become very fragile and have to be handled with care. Gather the flowers you want to include in your arrangement. Start with a few key blooms grouped together. Add to this, using individual stems and sticks to create height. I always like to give room to my flowers – less is often more.
I also like to use flower frogs to keep the fragile flowers in place so they don’t move or get damaged. You can hunt these out at garage sales or secondhand shops – ask your friends to always look out for them and you will amass a collection like mine.

Project Antonia De Vere 
Photography Neeve Woodward

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