These Natural Dried Floral Arrangements are inexpensive and easy to make.
I made these natural dried plant arrangements from dried flowers, grass, plants, and weeds that I picked and dried myself (except the cotton which I bought 50% off at Hobby Lobby).
They cost very little and add a beautiful look to my Thanksgiving Sisal Animal Mantel.
They can be made taller, or shorter, thinner or wider.
You can add more tans or more browns but I liked the mixture of the tans and browns.
Supply List for Natural Dried Floral Arrangements
- Tall Fescue
- Cotton Stems
- Curly Dock
- Feather reed grass
- Giant Reed- I picked about 10 (5 for each arrangement)
- Tall grass (brown and tan)
- Various other dried plants I found in my back yard and on the side of public trails.
- floral foam I used 2- 2.6″x3.4″x7.8″ blocks in each planter. I these bought on sale with coupon from Michaels. Total .66 cents each.
- little rocks found outside to weigh the planters down
- 2 copper vases/pots (I had these already) Hammered Copper Vases (I used ones similar to these)
- Tarp (optional) This helped with clean up and came out of my 72 hour kit for the day.
- gardening shears
- work gloves (optional)
- hairspray (aerosol)
Instructions on How To Make Natural Dried Floral Arrangements
1-Pick a variety of plants, berries, fall flowers, reeds, and grasses. Tip- Take gardening shears with you.
2- Hair spray anything that is fragile and let the hairspray dry. I set my plants to the side to dry a few days; I do not know if that is necessary—it is just what I did.
3- Put floral foam in copper vases. Using a serrated knife, I cut each floral foam (2.6″x3.4″x7.8″) block in half. I fit half of the block in the vase and then cut the other 1/2 into smaller pieces to fit them into the gaps/edges.
4- I placed three cotton stems into each vase first and fluffed them out.
5- Next I placed the giant reeds and curly dock. Once the larger/thick stems were placed,
6- I began filling around with plants that I had gathered and dried. Place the fragile and thinner grasses, bunny tails, fescue, etc. into the arrangement inner (longer) to outer/close to the rim (shorter). This adds dimension and contrast.
7- I worked in an organized even fashion placing a few stems of one variety in both of the copper vases; this is so they looked balanced and even.
8- Next, I sprayed the arrangement with hair spray to help it hold.
9- The arrangements were a bit top heavy so I put small rocks that would fit in between the stems in the vase to keep it balanced.
Then I placed them on both sides of my Thanksgiving Sisal Animal mantel.
I had all of the items except the cotton stems which I purchased on sale for about $4.00 each. So, each arrangement cost me a total of $12.00.
Using fall grass, reeds, fescue, etc. that I found outside and vases I already had helped keep these Natural Dried Floral Arrangements affordable.
I have had fun drying outside foliage for fall projects this year. I made these Tall Autumn Arrangements and this Autumn Dried Plant Wreath using mostly plants that I picked ‘harvested’ outside and dried.
Harvesting outside plants and making arrangements yourself is a great way to make large, full arrangements that are affordable.
These Natural Dried Floral Arrangements were fun, easy, and affordable to create.