Flower of the flower. But what exactly is the flower of the flower you may ask? It’s petals. Flower petals are so pretty that they sometimes even upstage their patron, even flower girls don’t throw actual flowers. The question is what else can you do with flower petals besides making a child lay them where you shall step, without pay I might add. I found myself in the same predicament after I was left with a bunch of dead flowers. But hey, sometimes things are better off dead, and I’m here to show you why.
1. Potpourri aka dead flowers in a jar
This is the simplest thing to do with dried flowers, which is why when potpourri is over $50 ( looking at you Bloomingdales ) it’s ridiculous. I mean all you really have to do is sniff around your yard and collect a bunch of fragrant stuff get some spices and stuff it in a jar. Just make sure it looks pretty because you can always hide some febreze inside. Basically I just took some old marmalade jars and filled them up with rose petals, pine needles, orchids, rosemary, and basil. Then I put it in a dark cabinet where the scents can flourish and cultivate for a few weeks and voila! Potpourri.
This is a nice idea if you have some leftover soap bits and like knowing what’s actually in your soap. I’ve read some rather disturbing articles about what’s in your bath products, so instead of getting rose soap that may or may not actually have roses, make your own.
First you gather your ingredients. Use some old soap bar ends or purchase a soap base. Get some dried flowers and some spices. I used some leftover Dove soap and some chocolate soap from whole foods. I also got some chives, cinnamon, basil, and lemon juice.
Then melt the soap until it’s liquidated and add the flowers to it, you can either mix it in or lay it on top.
Then finally I set it out to harden, and voila, your own handmade soap!
So there you have it, fleur de la fleur. I hope this prevents you from chucking out all those dead flowers and use them to create something beautiful. Or you could just give them to me. You can never have to many flower petals, just like shoes. Have a wonderful day, and I would love to hear if you tried this out of if you have any creative things to do with flowers.