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.
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.
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.
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.
This sort of shadowbox is a little... Umbridge for my taste, but it's a great way to learn the basics of flower pressing.
This is a more modern, minimal take on the pressed flower concept, and it's perfect for your most delicate blooms.
"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!
Speaking of roses, here's a way to preserve their fragrance and beauty, allowing you to bask in summery baths all winter long.
Here's another opportunity to use a random combo of whatever flowers you happen to have around! Don't forget the prosecco!
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.
Spread the floral love by making yourself a set of perfect-for-all-occasions cards to send throughout the year.
Winter is coming, so get started on your handwarmers now. Pro tip: these are lifesavers for localized lady pains.
Glam up your refreshing mist with sparkly mica flakes and your prettiest dried flowers.