DIY: Dried Flowers And My Other Artworks

Flowers from Dan

When Dan bought me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers a couple of weeks ago for a special occasion, I wanted to preserve them beyond their typical short lifespan. Being the sentimental person that I am, I thought they were too beautiful and special to just let die. That is when I decided to give drying the flowers out a go. Yesterday, I bought everything I needed and I tried it out. I  know that drying out flowers and gluing them to paper is definitely not a new concept, but I thought that it would be worthwhile sharing anyway, because it has worked out brilliantly for me in this instance. It is such a simple, but effective way to make awesome art out of beautiful flowers! 

My flowers from Dan are now art!

With the assistance of my creative mother, I dried my flowers using Microfleur, a microwave flower press. This is a super fast way to dry flowers, while maintaining their colour. Of course, it is possible to do this through other methods. Then it is just a matter of using craft glue to stick the dried flowers to some nice textured paper and placing it in a frame. I chose to use a frame with a matte, because it creates an allowance for the thickness of the flowers. It is also recommended to spray a light lacquer over the flowers to assist in preserving them. And that is all there is to it! I am so pleased with the results. Now this little piece of art has a place on my desk, so I can treasure these flowers for much longer!

My art in my bedroom
My art in my bedroom

All of the artwork in my bedroom has been made my me. This has been influenced by the creative household in which I have grown up. I want my bedroom to be a true reflection of me and not just look like it was impersonally pulled straight out of a catalogue. I also enjoy having a creative outlet, considering that my university studies do not have much scope for creativity at all. Some of my artwork consists of a set of line paintings with the words ‘hope’, ‘dream’ and ‘believe’ painted on them. These words resonate with the optimistic lifestyle I try to live by. 

My Statute of Liberty screen print!
My Statute of Liberty screen print!

I also have a screen print of the Statue of Liberty. This was a very time-consuming process to make, but I created it completely from scratch and I am very proud of it. I even personally took the photo from which I made the stencil, while on a trip to New York City in 2007! I also made a similar screen print of a stiletto shoe at the entrance to my bedroom in the hallway. Now, with the latest addition of my dried flower art, I feel that my bedroom is even more of a reflection of myself! To anyone looking to decorate their bedroom, I definitely recommend at least considering to make the artwork yourself. It is worth the little bit of extra effort!

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