Preserve Your Favorite Summer Blooms Now, And Enjoy All Year Long

Preserve Your Favorite Summer Blooms Now, And Enjoy All Year Long

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Tess Wilson
Aug 2, 2016
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It's the time of year when it's easy to believe that the long days, warm evenings, and wildly blooming flowers will never end. However, my sources claim that summer will, at some point, come to a freezing cold close, so it's crucial that we stockpile all the sunshine that we can. These 10 tutorials—and 8 bonus recipes—will keep summer blooming for months to come.

Well-Preserved: Fresh Flowers that Dry Beautifully

This Apartment Therapy post is a great place to get started if you're attempting to dry flowers whole. The author particularly recommends drying protea, craspedia, globe thistle, banksia, and globe amaranth, and provides a super-simple methodology.

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Drying Roses on the Kitchen Table by The Kitchn

Whether you're a hardcore rose gardener or suitors send you a dozen blooms, like, every day, this is an easy and gorgeous way to preserve the petals. You can use them in many of the following projects.

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DIY Floral Bath Salts by Simone LeBlanc

This project is perfect if you don't have a ton of one type of flower. Use up all your random petals to create beautiful bath confetti.

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DIY Pressed Flower Wall Art by Design Sponge

This sort of shadowbox is a little... Umbridge for my taste, but it's a great way to learn the basics of flower pressing.

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DIY Pressed Flower Display by The Merrythought

This is a more modern, minimal take on the pressed flower concept, and it's perfect for your most delicate blooms.

How to Make DIY Rosewater from Swooned Magazine

"It's beautiful, it smells like a dream, and it has many different uses, from serving as a delicate perfume to acting as a soothing toner for the skin," says Chelsea Foy of Lovely Indeed. Make a bottle for everyone you know!

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A Homemade Bath Soak with Pink Salt & Roses by The Kitchn

Speaking of roses, here's a way to preserve their fragrance and beauty, allowing you to bask in summery baths all winter long.

DIY Coconut Salt Scrub by 100 Layer Cake

Here's another opportunity to use a random combo of whatever flowers you happen to have around! Don't forget the prosecco!

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Pressed Flower Coasters by Brit+Co

Finally, an excuse to buy copper tape! If your local hardware store—and garden—aren't well-stocked, you can buy a kit, flowers included.

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DIY Flower Cards by Oh So Mona

Spread the floral love by making yourself a set of perfect-for-all-occasions cards to send throughout the year.

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Cozy Handwarmer filled with Rice and Lavender

Winter is coming, so get started on your handwarmers now. Pro tip: these are lifesavers for localized lady pains.

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Homemade Jasmine Aloe Body Mist

Glam up your refreshing mist with sparkly mica flakes and your prettiest dried flowers.

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Edible Flower Recipes from The Kitchn

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