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Hands-On Workshop

The Beauty of Dried Flowers

Dried flowers are a great way to make blooms last forever and turn them into permanent decorations for your home. There are different ways to dry your flowers (some even involve heating them up in a microwave) but for the purposes of our workshop with St.Luke’s Community Centre we simply hung the individual stems upside down and waited for the moisture to evaporate. This process lasted for three to five weeks, and by the time we ran the workshop we had a good range of flowers to choose from for our compositions.

Our dried flowers included roses, hydrangeas, pussy willows, branches and pine-cones, which I had found on my forest walk up in Leeds some time earlier.

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The Arts Club of the Over 55’s in action

What did participants like the most?

Everyone loved flowers, and the idea of bringing a big bunch to a class gave an element of surprise. At the arts club for the over-55s at St.Luke’s Community Centre we sat around the table with our hot drinks beside us and got started on arranging the flowers into a composition.

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Roses, thistles, pussy willows and pine cones

What to be aware of?

You will need to dry out about 60 flowers for a group of 6 participants, so that they can create a lush mini-bouquet to take away. But you do not need to rely just on the flowers to create a bouquet: you can embellish it with stems, pine-cones, even feathers, that you can glue to a branch. Ribbons and lace will add interest too.

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Feathers can do the trick!

Takeaways

All the participants created bouquets that they took home with them. It was an exercise that was different from the ordinary art classes, and some were willing to find out more about the drying process.  The results were admirable, but the great thing was that they all enjoyed the process of making.

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A very happy and proud Cathy posing with her final piece!