Saving Summer: 5 DIY Ways to Keep & Display Flowers or Botanicals

It's hard to let garden flowers go at the end of the season. By pressing or drying your beloved botanicals, you can keep nature at hand throughout the year. Indoors they make for simple yet beautiful decor. And the best part? Since the flowers are already dying, no green thumb is needed. That's happy news for the plant-challenged among us.

1. Float dried flowers between plates of glass, and secure with simple clips. When layered on a desk or dresser, they look collected and scientific. From Chronicle Books' Bring The Indoors In, with step-by-step instructions here.
2. Artist Anne Ten Donkelaar creates amazing floral collages out of pinned pressed flowers, stems and paper cutouts. I'll say it again. Just amazing.
3. Also from Bring The Indoors In, a dried floral garland that drapes nicely. A full tutorial is over at California Home + Design.
4. This botanical wall from Pia Jane Bikerk is so simple and lovely, and easily done with a roll of tape and some dried flowers. You can see another one she created here.
5. When framed and hung collectively as a gallery wall, pressed plants make for good drama. This collection of white flowers cleverly framed in black (seen in Country Living) is particularly eye-catching.

(Images: as linked above)

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