Receiving a bouquet of flowers is a great feeling; knowing someone has gone out
of their way to think about you is enough to brighten your day. However, wouldn’t
it be great if that feeling could last a little bit longer?
Here at Zing we’ve thought of the best ways you can recycle your bouquets to
make that memory last.
Potpourri is used for a way to offer a fresh scent to an area
using dried, fragrant plants. Dried flowers and other scented
material are mixed in a clear bowl or tied in small, fabric sachets.
Depending on the material used, these bowls of heaven can last from
two months to 20 years.
1. The first step is to remove the buds and petals from the
stem and dry them out in a warm area.
2. The next task is to mix the dried flowers with a few drops of
essential oils. You could even add some dried fruits, herbs or
spices for additional or selected scents.
3. Add some fixative which could be ground spice or orris
root powder then shake it thoroughly.
4. Lastly you must develop the fragrance by sealing the contents
in a container and store in warm, dark place for 6 weeks,
shaking at two-week intervals.
Being able to make a scented perfume without any chemicals or oils
is really great. But an added bonus is recycling your bouquet and
using its scent to create a scented, water-based spray that can leave
you smelling fresh and luscious.
1. Remove the petals and wash them gently of dirt and sediment.
2. Then line a bowl with a linen cloth and place the flowers
in it, pouring water over them until the flowers are completely
3. Place a lid on the bowl and leave the flowers to soak overnight.
4. The next day, remove the linen cloth from the bowl using
the four corners until you have a pouch of flowers. Squeezing
the pouch over a saucepan will extract the flower-scented
water and simmering it until there is about a teaspoon of
liquid left will allow you to finish your floral concoction.
5. Wait until the liquid is cooled and bottle it into an old
vanilla extract spray bottle. (And why not decorate the
bottle, label your masterpiece! 😀).
Flowers are stereotypically known to be a spring and summer thing
but why would you want to give up that joy in the cooler months?
Drying out your flowers and creating a wreath that will last all
year round is the ultimate way to get full use out of your bouquet.
1. Dry out your flowers in a warm area either by placing them
in a cupboard or hanging them up on a line.
2. You will need to purchase a vine ring from your local crafts
store and begin placing your flowers in the special way you
3. Using a hot glue gun, stick down your flowers and even add
some additional pieces such as spices, dried foliage or even
fruit to theme and decorate your wreath.