When fresh roses from bouquets begin to droop, they can have a second life as everlasting flowers in a dried wreath. Bunch roses when they begin to wilt in rubber bands and hang upside-down in a dry place. I dry my roses and a variety of herbs and botanicals in the beams of my country kitchen. Herbs and everlastings are collected as they bloom throughout the summer and fall and dried by bunching and hanging. These botanicals decorate my beams as they wait to be fashioned into wreaths. When I have accumulated a significant amount of drieds, it is time to create. The gorgeous dried wreath above is a spectacular example, displaying dried red, yellow and apricot roses. Autumn provides an abundance of botanicals and herbs that can be dried and fashioned into herbal wreaths. The process of creating a unique wreath with your own keepsake roses is not difficult. The trick is to have enough base botanicals to work with. It is helpful to grow herbs and everlastings in your own garden and harvest continually during the growing season.
SUPPLIES FOR EVERLASTING ROSE WREATH:
straw wreath form, 10 inch
hot glue gun and glue sticks
BASE: bundles of dried silver king, statice caspia [sea lavender], white yarrow, oregano blossoms, sage bundles
DECORATIVE ELEMENTS: 2 dozen dried red roses, 1 dozen dried yellow roses, 1 dozen dried apricot roses, 18 yellow yarrow heads, rose leaves, 18 brown sour dock branches, baby’s breath
Pin bunches of base materials around outside of straw wreath with greening pins. Overlap bunches, covering pinned stems with each successive bunch and completely covering straw, working in one direction. Use different types of botanicals, staggering types to balance textures. Then pin bunches of base materials to top face of wreath in same manner. To finish base, pin small bunches of botanicals to inside “donut” of wreath. Check to make sure there is no straw showing.
Using hot glue gun, evenly glue roses to top and sides of wreath. Glue yellow yarrow among roses to balance decorative elements. Finish by accenting with brown sour dock sprigs for an Autumn look. Fill in with tufts of baby’s breath to frost with softness.